Nick Young (knee) will not play against the Thunder on Sunday.
Spin: He's only played in one game since Feb. 5 and that was a mistake by Young and the Lakers. Young doesn't have a timetable to return and the team will go with more Wes Johnson and Kent Bazemore in their small forward spots against some guy named Kevin Durant.
Spin: That ligament is famous in baseball for pitchers getting Tommy John surgery and it is to his shooting elbow, so he could need more than the 7-10 days. Patterson has played well in his past two games and the Raptors will likely have to use a little more of Tyler Hansbrough. Amir Johnson's value is also solidified with this news.
Spin: This will be his fifth game out of the lineup due to some possible cartilage damage. Hill hasn't been capable of playing consistent minutes in his five years as a pro and it's a little tough to believe he was taken over guys like Demar DeRozan, Ty Lawson, Jrue Holiday and Jeff Teague in the 2009 NBA Draft. Hill can be cut just about everywhere.
Spin: He's buried on the depth chart as long as Tim Duncan, Tiago Splitter and Boris Diaw are healthy, but it's good to see the Spurs back at full strength as they go for their sixth consecutive victory.
Spin: The fact that he was ruled out so early suggests he's not close to returning, but we're considering him questionable to play in Indiana on Tuesday. Donald Sloan, Evan Turner and Lance Stephenson continue to handle backup PG duties in his absence.
Spin: He didn't even travel for Friday's game and the Nets will keep him out of his fifth game at home today. Even before this injury, coach Jason Kidd said he is not going to increase Garnett's minutes, so it might be a while before he even matches his season average of 21.0 minutes per game. Mason Plumlee will start while Andray Blatche has a chance to keep up some decent stats off the bench.
News: The Sacramento Kings say recently acquired guard Jason Terry will spend the remainder of the season rehabilitating his left knee.
Spin: The announcement Saturday came two days after the Kings got Terry and Reggie Evans from the Brooklyn Nets for guard Marcus Thornton. Sacramento traded Thornton to give rookies Ben McLemore and Ray McCallum more playing time, leaving Terry's role on the rebuilding team in question.
Spin: We've still yet to see a report of an "unsuccessful" season-ending surgery, but it's good to hear that all went well with Crash's procedure. His minutes will most likely be gobbled up by Jerryd Bayless, Chris Johnson, and the potentially soon-to-return Avery Bradley.
Spin: An MRI revealed the bad news, which means the 30-year-old will finish the season the way he began it -- rehabbing from a major injury. He's played 18 games total since signing a four-year, $26 million deal during the offseason. The Kings will rely on guys like Reggie Evans, Derrick Williams, Quincy Acy and Jason Thompson to pick up the slack in his absence.
Perry Jones III has played 25.5 minutes per game as the starter for the Thunder in the last two games without Thabo Sefolosha.
Spin: It was a seamless fit for the Thunder with PJ3's excessive wingspan helping offset the loss of one of the best perimeter defenders in the NBA. His team isn't drawing up plays for him and only three of his 12 shots in the last two games have come from outside of 16 feet, so Kevin Durant and Russell Westbrook aren't really kicking the ball out to him. Fantasy owners can ignore him for the most part and the arrival of Caron Butler doesn't help his case for minutes.
Spin: Miles sprained his left ankle nine days ago but it's still so swollen that it's "about twice the size of his right ankle," so he's definitely not close to playing. Jarrett Jack, Matthew Dellavedova and Alonzo Gee will continue to pick up most of the slack at SG and SF in his absence.
Spin: Barbosa could return for the end of the regular season and the playoffs, but his injury is a tough break for a Suns' team just half a game ahead of the Grizzlies for the eighth seed out West. Ish Smith played more minutes in his absence on Tuesday, but he's not a promising long-term pickup with Eric Bledsoe (knee) possibly returning this week.
Spin: He hasn't played in six straight games as Trevor Booker continues to solidify his spot in the rotation. The eventual return of Seraphin will hurt Booker's production, but for now, Booker is a decent play in most leagues.
News: Wizards forward Nene has a sprained MCL in his left knee and is expected to be sidelined for six weeks.
Spin: Nene was injured in the third quarter of Sunday night's win at Cleveland. The Wizards said Monday that an MRI revealed the extent of the injury. The loss of Nene is a severe blow to Washington's hopes of making the playoffs for the first time since 2008.
Spin: While Billups hopes to return to game action after undergoing knee surgery to repair a torn meniscus last week, he also remains realistic about the fact that he may not return this season. "Father Time is undefeated, man," Billups said. The 37-year-old has only played 19 game all season, so fantasy owners shouldn't be holding out hope for any type of value from Mr. Big Shot even if he is able to return this season.
Spin: It's unfortunate timing for Ayon, who was seeing significant minutes thanks to Al Horford's season-ending injury. Ayon's first season in Atlanta ends with averages of 4.3 points, 4.8 rebounds and 1.0 steals while playing 16.5 minutes per night in 26 games. The Hawks will continue to lean heavily on the likes of Mike Scott and Elton Brand as bigs.
Spin: The 27-year-old has been out three weeks and he initially had a 4-8 week timetable, so it's not surprising to hear that he's still out indefinitely. The Blazers hope that he can appear in a few regular season games and enter the playoffs at full strength, which means that he's irrelevant in fantasy leagues.
Spin: The Lakers don't expect Nash to play again this season, but that's not stopping him from looking forward to next year. "I want to come back for sure," he said Monday. The Lakers have until September 1st to decide whether to release the former league MVP via the stretch provision or pay him $9.7 million. Regardless of what the Lakers decide over the summer, fantasy owners can feel free to move on from Nash this season.
Spin: He has increased his work load in practice with the team. Friday night will be his 10th game in row out of the lineup and the Celtics will start Jerryd Bayless again tonight. Based on Stevens' statement, Bradley might be looking at a target date of Mar. 14 against the Suns. He's had his best year as a pro, but fantasy owners don't need to stash him until he has a firm return date.
Spin: Sanders season has gone from bad to worse and the silver lining here is that fantasy owners in re-draft leagues can cut him without compunction. Zaza Pachulia is a nice pickup as the Bucks' starting center, while John Henson (assuming he can stay healthy) also gets a boost with Sanders no longer clogging up the frontcourt rotation.
Spin: He is out of his walking boot but coach Mike Woodson doesn't know when Martin will go through on-court work. The Knicks are going to manage his minutes upon his return and he's completely hands off for fantasy purposes. The Knicks will start Ray Felton, J.R. Smith, Carmelo Anthony, Amare Stoudemire and Tyson Chandler tonight vs. a vulnerable Jazz defense.
Spin: "He's shooting a little bit," Rivers said. "I don't know what that means, but at least he's moving around shooting. But there's been no update. I don't think he's improved to the point we thought he would, so far. We had anticipated him being back almost [by now]." The Clippers haven't yet mentioned the possibility of shutting Redick down for the season, but fantasy owners shouldn't be holding onto him at this point. Danny Granger, Darren Collison and eventually Jamal Crawford (calf) will continue to pick up the slack at SG in Redick's absence.
Spin: Robinson has a $2.1 million player option that he will have to exercise in order to return to the Nuggets and it sounds as if he's planning on doing so. When asked if he'd be ready for training camp, Robinson answered, "Yeah, for sure." While Robinson could be a decent option in deeper leagues next season, he won't be helping any fantasy squads this season.
Spin: This sounds like educated speculation rather than an official update on Bargnani's status, but a beat writer's estimate is better than nothing. How Bargs will fit back into the lineup once he's healthy is another question, as the Knicks have found some success by reverting to small lineups with Carmelo Anthony at PF.
Spin: He had surgery last week on Jan. 29 on his right knee to remove loose bodies, but he's not going to be making it back to the lineup. The Pelicans are a mess at center right now and fantasy owners in most formats shouldn't be paying much attention to guys like Greg Stiemsma, Jeff Withey and Alexis Ajinca.
Spin: MThe Mavericks want to see how Mekel holds up in game action with the Legends, so he successfully crossed his first hurdle Wednesday night. The rookie recorded seven points and seven assists with the Texas Legends of the D-League Wednesday night and will stay with the team for at least one more game before the Mavericks decide on next steps. With Monta Ellis, Jose Calderon, and Devin Harris healthy, Mekel won't provide much fantasy value until the 2014-15 season.
Spin: "I'm going to stay aggressive and stay in that mind-set I had to start the season," said Bledsoe. This is very encouraging to hear, and owners that were able to buy low, or stay afloat during his injury will be rewarded with a late season surge. Bledsoe is expected to make his return for Wednesday's home game vs. the Cavs, but he has not ruled out the possibility of returning Sunday night vs. the Warriors, or Monday vs. his former team the Clippers. Stay tuned for more updates.
Spin: Anderson will get a second opinion on Tuesday and at this point we can only hope that his long-term future isn't at risk. His season ended when the Pelicans received an injured player exception in February.
Spin: "Done with recovery phase, now getting mobility back," Horford wrote. He will not return this season but fantasy owners can look forward to having him healthy and ready for the start of the Hawks' 2014-15 campaign.
Spin: It's been a rough year for Jenkins, who was hopeful that rest and rehab would be sufficient to heal his back. He averaged 3.1 points in just 13 appearances this season, but on the bright side he should be healthy and ready for training camp.
News: Taylor will miss the rest of the season because of a ruptured right Achilles tendon. Coach Steve Clifford said he's not sure if the tendon is completely or partially torn and won't know Taylor's recovery time until after he has surgery.
Spin: Taylor, a native of Sweden, was injured in the first half of Friday night's game against the Detroit Pistons. He stepped into a starting role after Michael Kidd-Gilchrist broke his hand. He averaged 8.0 points and 2.3 rebounds in 26 games. Kidd-Gilchrist will be evaluated again on Dec. 27.
Spin: Lopez is confident that he won't fall into the same category as other big men (Yao Ming, Bill Walton) who had chronic foot injuries end their careers. "I'm not scared at all," Lopez said. "I'm confident I'm going to get back on the court, and I'm going to do everything I can. There's no doubt in my mind I'll be back on the floor playing with my guys." While Lopez won't help fantasy owners this season, he is expected to shed his crutches within the next month and be ready for the 2014-15 season.
Spin: The doctors haven't cleared Kobe so it's a non-issue right now," D'Antoni said. Bryant has an evaluation coming up in about two weeks, so that will likely be a big checkup in determining his outlook for the rest of the season. The Lakers have leaned on Jodie Meeks, Kent Bazemore and Jordan Farmar to offset Bryant's scoring absence and that seems like it will be the case until Nick Young can return. Fantasy owners probably should not be stashing Kobe at this time with only six weeks left in the season.
News: Pondexter has had surgery to repair a stress fracture in his right foot that has him sidelined indefinitely.
Spin: The 6-foot-6, 225-pound Pondexter hurt his foot Dec. 7 in a loss to Golden State. The 25-year-old was averaging 6.3 points, 1.7 rebounds, 1.3 assists and 18 minutes this season after signing a four-year contract extension Oct. 31.
News: Rose has started running, although coach Tom Thibodeau says he's nowhere near ready to practice.
Spin: The former MVP point guard tore the meniscus in his right knee at Portland in November and was ruled out for the remainder of the season by the Bulls. He sat out last year while recovering from surgery to repair a torn ACL in his left knee. Thibodeau says Rose is "nowhere close to practicing," but he is able to run and perform lateral slides. The coach also repeated several times on Wednesday that Rose will miss the rest of the season.
Spin: With George Karl out of the way, McGee was fully expected to finally break out this season. It didn't come close to happening. Clearly bothered by his injury early on, he averaged just 7.0 points, 3.4 rebounds and 1.4 blocks through the first five games. Then he shut it down in hopes his leg would heal and he could come back healthy, but it didn't work out. Now McGee goes under the knife in the hopes of being fully healthy for 2014-15 training camp. He's still just 26 years old, but is running out of time to realize his potential as an athletic rim protector.
Spin: He was ruled out for at least 12 weeks in mid-October but he's already approaching the four-month mark. "[A stress fracture] is not like an [ACL], where you can double up the work and get back quicker," Haywood said. "You really can't do anything for it." The veteran's ultimate goal is to be healthy enough to play "10 to 15 minutes" per game, and he will not have fantasy value.
Spin: Okafor may not see the court this season, but his contract could play a large part in the Suns acquiring Pau Gasol. In the rumored swap, the Lakers would take on Okafor's expiring $14.5 million contract in exchange for Gasol as they attempt to gain some salary relief. Fantasy owners don't need to concern themselves with what happens to Okafor, but he could still play a part in what might be the biggest trade before the deadline.
Spin: "Yeah, I had some setbacks. I don't know," Richardson said Saturday. "Like I told [Brett Brown] when we talked a month ago, if it's 10 or 15 or two games, I want to come back. That's my goal." It's nice to hear that the veteran wants to return to the court, but that may not be in the cards for a team that is more than content to tank away the season. Richardson is on his last legs, and can safely be left on the wire in all leagues.
News: Ezeli has a bruised right knee and will miss the Golden State Warriors' game at the Atlanta Hawks.
Spin: Ezeli banged his knee in Friday night's loss at Orlando. The Warriors initially listed Ezeli as active against the Hawks before announcing minutes before the tipoff he would not play. Andris Biedrins made his first start of the season in place of Ezeli on Saturday night.