• A Thursday MRI of Tyrus Thomas'(notes) swollen left knee revealed a torn meniscus, and he's now expected to miss somewhere around the next two months after undergoing surgery Friday. The only actionable part of this news is that Thomas can be dropped in most formats - the timetable for his recovery places his return in mid-March, but he'll also need time to get back to game speed and he was a part-time player even before he got hurt. His minutes will trickle down to Eduardo Najera(notes) and Dominic McGuire(notes) for the most part, but neither figures to warrant fantasy consideration, even in deep leagues. The injury also means that Boris Diaw's(notes) minutes are very secure and he's not likely to be traded this season. So maybe Thomas' long-awaited breakout season comes next year.
• Francisco Garcia(notes) has aggravated a left calf strain and is likely to be sidelined for the next two weeks. Garcia has averaged 13.3 points on 46-percent shooting, 1.8 threes, 0.9 steals, and 1.3 blocks in 30 minutes during 12 starts and seems likely to regain his starting spot once he's back to 100 percent, but Paul Westphal's whims are difficult to predict. You won't be blamed for dropping Garcia or passing on him if he's currently sitting on waivers in your league, but keep an eye on his progress and think about an add in a week or 10 days if status updates are positive. Donte Greene(notes) has started the past two games for the Kings at small forward, but it looks like Omri Casspi(notes) will get the nod on Friday.
• Anthony Morrow(notes) is set to return on Friday and is likely to play around 15 minutes off the bench. Morrow should pick things back up as a three-point specialist, but his potential certainly isn't being underestimated at this point. His percent-owned number is already relatively robust (47%) despite his per-game rank of just 128th in 34 minutes per game so far this season (12.8 points, 46% FG, 1.8 threes, 1.2 assists, 1.1 turnovers, 0.3 steals).
• Carlos Delfino(notes) is also set to return Friday after missing more than two months with a concussion. Fantasy owners shouldn't expect much at the outset - he's going to be out of shape and will need to show no ill effects from game action before they'll increase his role. Delfino has said that he hopes to be near 100 percent by the All-Star break. Delfino, currently rostered in 17 percent of leagues, averaged 12.9 points, 2.4 threes, and 1.6 steals in seven games before his injury. His return will affect the roles of Corey Maggette(notes) and Chris Douglas-Roberts(notes), both of whom were in the starting lineup for the Bucks' most recent game.
• Mike D'Antoni will start Ronny Turiaf(notes) at center on Friday and move Wilson Chandler(notes) back to the role of sixth man in an attempt to stop the team's current four-game losing streak and play a bit bigger, particularly at the start of games. D'Antoni said he hopes to stick with the decision, so Turiaf garners a bit more deep-league interest. Chandler will likely see a few less minutes as a reserve, but he's been trending down lately and having more energy and facing other team's second units doesn't figure to affect his fantasy impact dramatically.
• Brandon Jennings(notes) (foot) has started doing some light shooting and is expected to return within the next two weeks. He withdrew from the dunk contest because he didn't want to risk any further injury, not because of any set-backs.
• Other status updates: Al Horford(notes) (ankle) remains doubtful for Friday … Chris Bosh(notes) (ankle) is questionable for Saturday … Carlos Boozer(notes) (ankle) will probably be back in the lineup on Saturday … John Salmons(notes) (hip) will be a game-time decision Friday … The Nets are trying to trade Troy Murphy(notes) and have no plans to buy him out as of right now.
• Friday's favorable matchups: It's a good day to be heavily invested in the Bucks' currently active players (@CLE) … Dwight Howard(notes) is in for a very productive night (TOR) … PHO@WAS, SAC@GSW, and HOU@MEM have very good fantasy potential on both sides.
• Friday's unfavorable matchups: UTH@BOS and NOR@ATL project to be lean games for fantasy owners … At least the Cavs will have garbage time (MIL).
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