• The Hornets are expected to update Chris Paul's status on Wednesday. Several top orthopedists are reviewing Paul's MRI, and Jeff Bower said the team is "in the process of finalizing things" regarding the next course of action. Expectations are that Paul will be out at least a month because of cartilage damage in his left knee, but we won't know for sure until the team gets around to releasing something definitive. In the meantime, Darren Collison(notes) merits near-universal ownership.
**Wednesday Update** Paul will undergo arthroscopic surgery Thursday to repair a meniscus tear in his left knee. Paul will likely miss a month of action, although the team said a specific time frame for his return will not be set until after the surgery.
• The Raptors were without starters Hedo Turkoglu(notes) and DeMar DeRozan(notes) in their 130-115 loss to the Pacers Tuesday. Chris Bosh(notes) (35), Andrea Bargnani(notes) (34), and Belinelli (21) scored 90 of the team's points, as the rest of the team combined to make seven of 36 shots (19%) ... Jose Calderon(notes) sprained his ankle in the loss and is a decent bet to miss Wednesday's game. Turkoglu may return Wednesday with a mask to protect his broken orbital bone, while DeRozan is likely to remain out through the weekend.
• The Pacers got solid numbers from all their starters in the win over the Raptors, including Earl Watson(notes), who turned in his first double-double of the season (15 points, 11 assists, 2 steals). Brandon Rush(notes) hit three more treys and has now averaged 14.4 points and 2.7 threes over the past seven games.
• A tough night for the Grizzlies in their follow-up to a big win over the Lakers on Monday. The Cavs held them to 38-percent shooting, and they made just two of 14 threes in the 105-89 loss.
• LeBron James(notes) set the tone for the Cavs, scoring 22 points and dishing 15 assists. Daniel Gibson(notes) made his sixth straight start at point guard (16 points, 2 threes), and has averaged 13.5 points and 2.7 threes in the six games. Meanwhile, the Cavs still have no timetable regarding Delonte West's(notes) return from a broken finger.
• The Bucks one-upped the Grizz in terms of offensive woes on the evening, shooting just 36 percent in the 99-82 loss to the Magic. The lowlights featured what was arguably Brandon Jennings'(notes) worst game of the season (2 points, 1-of-7 shooting, 4 assists) and 2-of-13 shooting from Carlos Delfino(notes).
• Vince Carter(notes) had his best game in over a month, scoring 17 points and adding two threes, 10 boards, seven assists, one steal, and one block in 40 minutes. It was his first double-double of the season, and VC admitted before the game that his shoulder is still not 100 percent ... Jameer Nelson(notes) was a game-time decision because of his hyper-extended left knee and ended up not playing. The Magic have the next two days off and then play five games in seven days, so this may have been at least partially precautionary, but there aren't many reasons for Nelson's fantasy owners to be feeling good these days. Jason Williams(notes) was solid in Nelson's stead (33 minutes, 11 points, 2 threes, 5 boards, 5 assists, 0 turnovers, 3 steals).
• Richard Hamilton(notes) had seven more assists Tuesday (along with 22 points, 1 three, and five boards) and has now averaged 6.8 over his past 10 games. Hamilton has adjusted his game alongside the more scoring-oriented Rodney Stuckey(notes), and his season average of 5.2 assists is a career high and leads the Pistons.• Devin Harris(notes) returned to the Nets' lineup in strong fashion (39 minutes, 24 points, 5 boards, 14 assists, 3 turnovers) but wasn't enough to propel the Nets to their fifth win of the season. And neither was Brook Lopez's(notes) 27 points, 7 boards, and two blocks ... Chris Douglas-Roberts(notes) was moved to the bench for Jarvis Hayes(notes), in what is being called an effort to create more looks for CDR with the team's second unit. He took one shot and scored zero points on 10 minutes Tuesday, so the initial results were not good.
• Interestingly enough, Yi Jianlian(notes) led the Nets as a +8 in the four-point loss, but was 1-of-12 from the floor and did not log an assist. How long ago do those solid games he posted immediately upon his return from a knee injury seem now? In 15 games since January 2, his averages include 12.7 points on 37-percent shooting, 0.3 threes, 6.5 boards, 0.9 assists, 1.7 turnovers, 0.7 steals, and 0.9 blocks.
• Don't overlook Chicago when settling on your pick for the worst offensive performance as a team of the night. The Bulls made 38 percent of their shots in the 90-82 loss to the Clippers while logging more turnovers (19) than assists (18). Brad Miller(notes) followed up an intriguing four-game stretch (15.8 points, 1.8 threes) with three points on 1-of-7 shooting in 24 minutes. Oh yeah, and Joakim Noah's(notes) plantar fasciitis isn't getting any better.
• Chris Kaman(notes) was big-time in his return from two games off with an ankle sprain, scoring 21 points and adding 11 boards and a block in a non-conservative 41 minutes. My advice: add him to your Trading Block immediately ... And just when it seems like you should kick Rasual Butler(notes) to the curb, he goes and posts another solid line (36 minutes, 16 points, 3 treys, 1 steal, 2 blocks).
• Tuesday was just the sixth game of the season in which Mike Bibby(notes) (32 minutes, 12 points, 2 threes, 4 boards, 6 assists, 1 turnover) scored more points than Jamal Crawford(notes) (28 minutes, 9 points, 1 three) and was the first time it had happened since January 1.
• Corey Maggette(notes) was out Tuesday for the Warriors because of a hip pointer and is day-to-day ... Don Nelson said he's shutting down Vladimir Radmanovic(notes) - calling his recent play "disgraceful" - because of his sore Achilles tendon. Look for Anthony Tolliver(notes) to keep getting playing time as a result. Coby Karl(notes) could get some more run, too, and he's averaged 9 points, 4 boards, 6.5 assists, 1.5 turnovers, and 1.5 steals in two games since joining the Warriors from the D-League.
• Tony Parker(notes) (ankle, plantar fasciitis) will travel with the team on its eight-game road trip, which starts Wednesday and runs through February 21. While he's expected to be back on the active roster sometime during the trip, when exactly that will be has yet to be determined. George Hill(notes) will continue to fill in at point guard while Parker is sidelined.
• Wednesday status updates: Carmelo Anthony(notes) (ankle) is expected to return to the lineup ... Tyreke Evans(notes) expects to play, despite a bruised left hip and a sore right ankle ... Al Harrington(notes) (knee) is questionable.
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