• Deron Williams(notes) said Wednesday that he'd probably need "like, three weeks, four weeks" for his injured right wrist to heal completely. Of course, he's not actually going to get or take that time right now, but rather it's an acknowledgement as to how uncomfortable the strained tendon is making it for him to continue to play. Williams didn't practice Wednesday and his playing status for Friday's game in London has yet to be determined. Although he's been racking up assists at a great clip, Williams has shot 38 percent from the field and 17 percent from three in 10 games since returning from down time after the injury initially occurred (January 26). Jordan Farmar(notes) is dealing with a sprained ankle of his own right now but makes sense as some insurance if you've got Deron currently rostered. This injury can only improve so much before the off-season, so it's simply going to come down to how much pain Williams can play through and if he can avoid serious aggravations over the next six weeks.
• Josh Smith(notes) was officially labeled as day-to-day after spraining the MCL in his right knee but couldn't practice Wednesday because of pain and is now slated for an MRI. The only question here is why the MRI wasn't a given from the outset. Keep in mind that these kinds of injuries aren't typically resolved with a few days of rest and look for an update on Wednesday night or early Thursday. Jason Collins(notes) is expected to start for the Hawks at center on Wednesday (Al Horford(notes) to PF), and the team will also give Kirk Hinrich(notes) his first start at point guard.
• Deep-leaguers will want to keep an eye on Nazr Mohammed(notes) on Wednesday, as he's expected to start at center for the Thunder. He could emerge with some solid big-man value for as long as Kendrick Perkins(notes) is sidelined.
• Chauncey Billups(notes) suffered a deep quad bruise on Tuesday, will be out Wednesday, and could also miss Friday's game as a result. Toney Douglas(notes) will start in Billups' place and Anthony Carter(notes) should also get some run.
• Wednesday's lineup changes for the Cavs will include Samardo Samuels(notes) at center, J.J. Hickson(notes) at power forward, and Alonzo Gee(notes) at small forward in place of Christian Eyenga(notes). Baron Davis(notes) is out again Wednesday because of knee problems but could debut with the team on Friday.
• Other status updates: Eric Gordon(notes) is expected to be back in the lineup for the Clippers on Wednesday ... Tyson Chandler(notes) is expected to miss at least two games to rest a right ankle sprain suffered on Tuesday. Brendan Haywood(notes) will get the starts on Friday and Sunday, after which Chandler will be re-evaluated ... The Bobcats are hopeful that Tyrus Thomas(notes) will be cleared to practice Thursday and return to game action approximately a week later ... The Mavs are expected to sign Corey Brewer(notes) in an effort to improve their defense on the wings.
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