Delonte West(notes) is the obvious beneficiary of excess playing time. He started Thursday's game and played 43 minutes … and broke his left (shooting) ring finger. West will not play Saturday (OKC) and, although the damage is not severe, it's not yet known if he'll need more games off. At this point he's at least questionable for Monday's game (@MIA). Daniel Gibson(notes) will start for as long as West is out and warrants a deep-league add for those with a roster spot in play, as his role was set to increase with Williams out anyway. Gibson has made 48 percent of his threes this season and has averaged 11.1 points, 2.2 threes, 2.6 assists, and 0.7 steals in 42 career starts. Despite his injury, West should get a serious look in most formats. His brand of across-the-board potential doesn't come along every day – in 221 career starts, he's averaged 11.8 points, 1.2 threes, 4.3 assists, 1.3 steals, and 0.8 blocks. At the very least, make sure he's on your roster while his injury status is resolved.
• Brandon Roy's strained right hammy is getting the best treatment available. He underwent a cutting-edge, non-surgical technique Friday where platelet rich plasma is injected into the hamstring in the hopes that it stops bleeding and accelerates the healing process. The hope is that he can return to the active roster within seven to 10 days, and current game targets are Jan. 29 and Feb. 1. Andre Miller(notes) (47 minutes, 28 points, 8 boards, 8 assists Friday), Jerryd Bayless(notes) (21 minutes, 12 points, 4 assists), Martell Webster(notes) (33 minutes, 19 points, 2 threes), Steve Blake(notes) (21 minutes, 5 points), and Rudy Fernandez(notes) (35 minutes, 6 points, 2 threes) will all continue to share the minutes and usage for as long as Roy remains out.
• Kevin Garnett(notes) returned Friday after missing 10 games with a knee injury and was right back in the mix (30 minutes, 13 points, 4 boards, 3 assists, 2 blocks). Rasheed Wallace's(notes) nice stretch of games continued, despite his return to the bench (29 minutes, 14 points, 2 threes, 6 boards, 1 block). If that trend continues, it would be huge for the Celtics and fantasy owners alike.
• Raymond Felton(notes) lasted just 11 minutes Friday because of a right ankle sprain, and he may be out Saturday. Flip Murray(notes) (26 minutes, 11 points, 1 three, 9 assists) and D.J. Augustin(notes) (23 minutes, 8 points, 0 assists) would be the recipients of whatever playing time happens to open up. Gerald Wallace(notes) also aggravated an ankle injury and his status will need to be updated Saturday.
• Rafer Alston's(notes) Friday line (11 points, 3 threes, 5 boards, 9 assists, 2 turnovers, 4 steals) was certainly enough to raise a few eyebrows, if only because starting point guards are always at least monitored for fantasy purposes. The numbers came in a blowout and he's been mostly useless with the Heat thus far (7.4 points, 1 three, 3 boards, 1 steal in 8 games before Friday), so this doesn't change things substantially.
• Another week, another shake-up of the 76ers' rotation. Elton Brand(notes) and Jrue Holiday(notes) were in the starting five Friday, ahead of Louis Williams(notes) and Thaddeus Young(notes). Andre Iguodala(notes) was the only player to cross the 30-minute threshold, as seven others saw between 21 and 29 minutes. What makes this edition of the lineup likely to stick for at least a few games is that the 76ers won and limited the Mavs to just 81 points on 40-percent shooting.
• A horrific effort all around for the Kings on Friday. They were outscored by a combined 54-27 in the second and third quarters and lost by 16 to the Magic despite winning the fourth quarter 35-23. They shot 33 percent as a team, led by Kevin Martin's(notes) 1-of-7 shooting in 41 minutes (5 points, 5 boards, 5 assists). Tyreke Evans(notes) was the only other player to see substantial playing time (37 minutes, 19 points, 6-of-15 FG, 2 assists, 3 turnovers), as the Kings went 12 deep in the rotation.
• Dwight Howard(notes) was big for the Magic in somewhat limited action (26 minutes, 19 points, 15 boards, 3 steals, 2 blocks), as Orlando also got all 12 of their active players some action in the blowout win. Vince Carter(notes) wasn't terrible relative to his recent production (26 minutes, 11 points, 1 three, 2 steals, 2 blocks), and Rashard Lewis(notes) continued his decent recent run (27 minutes, 15 points, 2 threes, 6 boards).
• Brandon Rush's seesaw production continued, as he followed up four points Wednesday with 19 points and five threes in 34 minutes Friday. It wouldn't be a shock if he doesn't regain standard-league relevance any time soon, but he's at least in a position to succeed now that he's back in the starting five.
• Chris Duhon(notes) had another terrible offensive game (2 points, 1-of-9 FG), but played 31 minutes because Nate Robinson(notes) (10 minutes, 3 points, 4 assists) suffered a hamstring injury. Look for an update on Nate's condition on Saturday – Larry Hughes(notes) would begrudgingly be added back to the rotation if the injury is at all serious.
• David West(notes) played 12 minutes against the Timberwolves Friday (14 points) before leaving with a sprained left ankle. Look for an update on his status on Saturday - Darius Songaila(notes) (24 minutes, 13 points, 5 boards, 3 steals) is next in line on the depth chart.
• Kevin Love(notes) returned after missing two games with strep throat, posting 13 points, nine boards, one steal, and one block in 24 minutes as a reserve. He isn't likely to be long for the starting five – Ryan Gomes(notes) had all zeros in 20 minutes of a two-point loss Friday.
•Kyle Lowry(notes) played 34 minutes off the bench Friday as the Rockets (and Spurs) went small, and delivered a big line (23 points, 2 threes, 6 boards, 9 assists, 2 steals). He's been one of the better per-minute producers on the season, but he'll just continue to tease with lines like this as long as he's locked in as Aaron Brooks'(notes) backup.
• George Hill made his third consecutive start Friday and posted a very solid line (35 minutes, 15 points, 3 threes, 5 assists, 1 steal). He's averaged 15.7 points and 2.3 threes over the past three games (all starts) and has moved ahead of middling options like Keith Bogans(notes) and Roger Mason(notes) as the starting shooting guard. There isn't always a ton of usage available after the Spurs' big three, but Hill has a good all-around game and Tony Parker's(notes) plantar fasciitis should mean that he's utilized fairly regularly within the Spurs' gameplan. He's worth a look in most formats with starters' minutes.
• Both the Warriors and the Nets lost their point guards in their Friday matchup. Monta Ellis(notes) continued to play after suffering a righ ankle sprain in the first quarter, but he eventually left the game for good in the third quarter. X-rays were negative but he is out Saturday. Harris left the game after aggravating a right wrist sprain. His X-rays were also negative but he's doubtful for Saturday. Stephen Curry(notes) (48 minutes, 32 points, 3 threes, 7 assists, 4 steals) picked up the slack for Ellis; nobody on the Nets picked up the slack for Harris in the 111-79 loss.
• The Suns continue to flounder, as their loss to the Bulls was their sixth in eight games. They got reasonable production from a few players but shot 39 percent overall while allowing the Bulls to shoot 51 percent from the floor. Channing Frye(notes) (26 minutes, 16 points, 4 threes, 8 boards, 1 block) and Jason Richardson(notes) (30 minutes, 12 points, 8 boards, 3 assists) were solid off the bench, but the team had no answer for Derrick Rose(notes) (32 points, 5 assists, 3 steals) and was largely ineffective on the defensive end.A few more losses like this one - or in general - and their "new look" lineup could be in for a newer look.
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