• The news on Anthony Randolph's ankle certainly could have been better. He suffered damage to three ligaments and is expected to miss at least two months. He'll spend the next three weeks in a protective boot and then will be re-evaluated. If all goes well to that point, he'd need a month of rehab before he could return to the court. In most formats, it's safe to drop him for an active option from waivers. While it's true that we may see him again down the stretch, what will really be interesting to see is how he is treated next season, post-hype: clearly, he's been a disappointment overall, but he did improve in a number of areas when you look at advanced stats and per-36's and he's just 21 years old. Will he still be a Warrior next season and, perhaps more importantly, will Don Nelson? That remains to be seen.
• Although X-rays came back negative Tuesday, Dwyane Wade's(notes) wrist is a concern. His sprain Monday aggravated issues that have been with him for weeks, and he's likely to be a game-time decision Wednesday. His injury concerns figure to be much like Kobe's – he'll play through as much as he can and only sit if he absolutely has to.
• Kevin Garnett(notes) is expected to miss another 10 days as he recovers from his hyper-extended right knee. That may sound vaguely familiar, but this time the team really means it. KG worked out with the team Monday, his first action since first hitting the inactive list, and Doc Rivers said that it's "just a conditioning thing" at this point. … Rasheed Wallace(notes) could be looking at "maybe a week" on the inactive list to deal with some general discomfort in his foot.
• Kevin Martin(notes) has been cleared to practice fully and hopes to return to the Kings' lineup Friday. He plans to work out and practice with the team over the next two days and his activation will ultimately be based on the results of those workouts.
• Don't look now, but we may be seeing some signs of life from Boris Diaw(notes). His 19 points Tuesday were the most he's scored since Dec. 5, and just the third time he's reached double figures since that date, and he added seven boards, six assists, one steal, and three blocks in a whopping 47 minutes. The Bobcats have won five of their past six games, during which Diaw has averaged 8.7 points (40% FG), 1 three, 5.7 boards, 5.8 assists, 2.2 turnovers, 1.2 steals, and 1.5 blocks in 40 minutes. Matchups with Memphis and New York certainly helped his cause, but any progress is notable when you consider how bad he's been since Stephen Jackson(notes) arrived.
Jackson was feeling it Tuesday to the tune on a career-high 43 points on a spiffy 15-of-22 shooting and 10-of-11 from the line. He added three treys, eight boards, and three steals in 43 minutes. He more than made up for poor shooting nights from Gerald Wallace(notes) (2 of 10) and Raymond Felton(notes) (2 of 7). Flip Murray(notes) (27 minutes, 14 points) scored in double-figures for the fifth consecutive game.
• The Pistons' losing streak is finally over at 13 games, as they beat the short-handed Wizards 99-90 Tuesday. Rodney Stuckey(notes) (19 points, 6 boards, 11 assists, 1 steal, 1 block) and Charlie Villanueva(notes) (23 points, 5 threes, 9 boards) were the box score standouts. The Pistons weren't with a full squad themselves, as Ben Gordon(notes) (groin) and Tayshaun Prince(notes) (knee) both were inactive.
• Randy Foye(notes) reached the 20-point plateau for the third consecutive game and added 10 assists, the first time he's reached double-figures since November of last season. Over the past three games, Foye has averaged 21 points, 1.7 threes, 4.3 boards, 8 assists, and 2 steals-plus-blocks in 36 minutes. … Mike Miller(notes) was out and may miss a week or so as he deals with continuing issues with his injured right calf. An MRI confirmed that he didn't seriously re-injure himself, but the team isn't taking any chances here. … Andray Blatche(notes) got the night off after he was suspended for a game for complaints about getting no shots Monday.
• A triple-double from Baron Davis(notes) (27 points, 12 boards, 12 assists, 5 steals, 1 block) and a career night from DeAndre Jordan(notes) (37 minutes, 23 points, 7 boards, 3 blocks) weren't enough for the Clips, as they fell to the Grizzlies 104-102. Jordan ended up with the spot start after Chris Kaman(notes) tweaked his lower back in pregame warmups. He'll be re-evaluated Wednesday, and Jordan would be a solid pickup if he were to miss time. In his 15 career starts, he's averaged 8.6 points on 69-percent shooting, 8.4 boards, and 2.5 blocks in 29 minutes. … Marcus Camby(notes) also played only 12 minutes Tuesday because of a stomach virus.
• Kobe Bryant(notes) sat out the fourth quarter of the Lakers' 105-85 loss to the Spurs because of injury, but the culprit was back spasms and not one of his other ailments. Kobe attempted just 10 shots in his 32 minutes of action (16 points) but, as you might expext, is "pretty sure" that he'll be able to go on Wednesday. As for Pau Gasol(notes), he could return Friday. And it was no surprise, but Lamar Odom(notes) (40 minutes, 10 points, 12 boards, 6 assists, 3 turnovers, 2 steals, 2 blocks) and Andrew Bynum(notes) (42 minutes, 23 points, 8 boards, 2 blocks) once again put up big numbers for the short-handed Lakers.
• Vince Carter(notes) (shoulder) missed his second consecutive game Tuesday and the hope is that he'll be able to return by the end of the team's current four-game road trip, which runs though Monday. J.J. Redick(notes) got the start Tuesday but didn't do much with the excess playing time (38 minutes, 8 points, 2-of-9 FG).
• The Kings don't have a matchup for Dwight Howard(notes), as evidenced by his line (30 points, 9-of-15 FG, 12-of-17 FT, 16 boards, 5 assists, 3 turnovers, 3 steals, 3 blocks). And after something of a slow start to the season, Howard has come around in the boards and blocks department. He's had 15 or more rebounds in 12 of the past 24 games, and his line over that span includes 17.1 points on 60-percent shooting, 14.3 boards, and 2.9 blocks.
• Some less-than-stellar numbers for the Magic included just seven points on 2-of-8 shooting for Rashard Lewis(notes) and 10 points on 4-of-10 shooting for Jameer Nelson(notes). The two played 29 and 25 minutes respectively, as well, as Stan Van Gundy benched his non-D12 starters for the entire fourth quarter [gameflow]. The lack of production has been an unsettling trend for Lewis – he's reached double figures three times over the past eight games and has been seeing more pine of late, averaging 11.5 points on 38-percent shooting in 31 minutes per game. The Magic will need Lewis to become more active if they are going to break out of their slump (4-5 over the past nine games).
• Michael Redd(notes) is set to have surgery within the next month and is "going to try" to come back from yet another catastrophic knee injury sometime next season, although the odds are certainly against him. What's more likely to happen? The 31-year-old will exercise his $18 million player option for the 2010-11 season and then rehab for most or all of it. His huge, expiring salary will bean attractive trade commodity, as 80 percent would be covered by the NBA's standard insurance. We may not have seen the last of Redd on the court, but we've likely seen the last of him as a Buck and certainly as a player of consequence.
• Wednesday status quick-hitters: With Ronny Turiaf(notes) dealing with an ankle injury, Andris Biedrins(notes) figures to be back in the starting lineup. … Al Harrington(notes) (calf) managed just nine points in 17 minutes Monday and seems questionable, although he's been given no official designation. … Josh Howard(notes) (thigh) worked out Tuesday and should be active. … Devin Harris(notes) (wrist) will play but expects to be in pain. … Rudy Fernandez(notes) practiced with the Blazers Tuesday and has been upgraded to questionable.
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