Injuries and absences are piling up at a particularly bad point of the fantasy season...
• Andrei Kirilenko(notes) and Paul Millsap(notes) are both out Wednesday. AK has been dealing with back spasms and is considered day-to-day, but Millsap's physical issues are a bit more pronounced. He's dealt with a laundry list of ailments over the course of the season, yet Wednesday will mark just his second time that Millsap has missed a game. Left knee tendinitis has finally got the better of him, something he's played through for a month (while dealing with other bumps and bruises). The upcoming schedule isn't going to be especially kind - the Jazz play three back-to-backs before the end of March - but fantasy owners need to hope that taking Wednesday off helps his chances of staying at least mostly active the rest of the way.
• Tyrus Thomas(notes) developed soreness in his surgically-repaired left knee after going through a full practice Tuesday and has been declared inactive for Wednesday. The team is anxious to get Thomas back with the playoffs still a possibility but aren't going to risk a serious aggravation. Having just two games over the next six days allows for patience - consider him questionable through the weekend.
• Chauncey Billups'(notes) deep thigh bruise has been slow to heal and also caused swelling behind his knee, pushing him timetable a bit further down the road. He's out Wednesday, is probably out Thursday, and his status for Sunday also remains unclear. Toney Douglas'(notes) strong play in Billups' absence has been a boon for the Knicks and fantasy owners - over the past four games, Douglas has averaged 16.3 points on 63-percent shooting, 2.8 threes, 4.3 boards, 5.8 assists, and 2 turnovers in 30 minutes. Douglas clearly makes all kinds of sense as an add for short-term help or as a handcuff to Billups.
• Chris Paul(notes) will undergo further testing by a neurologist Wednesday, and we should have a clearer picture of his potential return after the results come in. Paul was present for the team's morning shootaround but limited to riding a stationary bike. Jarrett Jack(notes) will start Wednesday night and for however long Paul remains inactive.
• Deron Williams(notes) is expected to miss the next two games to be with his expecting wife. He's out Wednesday (GSW) and Friday (LAC) and will be replaced in the starting lineup by Jordan Farmar(notes).
• Baron Davis(notes) has left the Cavs indefinitely and returned to his native Los Angeles following the loss of his grandmother. The Cavs play Wednesday night (@MIL) and then just once in the next six days (Sun OKC). Ramon Sessions(notes), Daniel Gibson(notes), and Anthony Parker(notes) will receive the majority of Davis' minutes while he is inactive.
• An MRI of Andray Blatche's(notes) shoulder revealed nothing further than a strain, and he's been officially called day-to-day by the Wizards. The Wizards are off until Saturday, so there's a reasonable chance that Blatche won't actually miss any games.
• Other status updates: Don't expect official updates on Eric Gordon(notes), Rudy Gay(notes), or Tyreke Evans(notes) before early next week ... An MRI on Kevin Love's(notes) knee revealed no sructural damage, but he remains a game-time decision for Wednesday ... Stephen Jackson(notes) (hamstring) is out again Wednesday ... Andrea Bargnani(notes) (flu) is out ... For the Mavs: Peja Stojakovic(notes) (back) is out Wednesday, Tyson Chandler(notes) (ankle) will be a game-time decision ... Arron Afflalo(notes) (hamstring) and Danilo Gallinari(notes) (toe) are likely both out for the next two games ... Vinny Del Negro says that DeAndre Jordan(notes) will continue to start start over Chris Kaman(notes), as least for now ... Anthony Morrow(notes) (concussion) will be back in the lineup Wednesday.
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