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• Dwyane Wade's foot injury has taken longer to heal than expected and has raised concerns about the possibility of plantar fasciitis. For now, he can only voice his frustration with not knowing exactly what is wrong and why long it has taken for pain to subside. Wade calls himself "hour to hour" and "minute to minute" and is hoping to play on Tuesday, but he could be shut down for some length of time if plantar fasciitis is eventually diagnosed.
• Nene Hilario's heel is still problematic, but he's resigned to play through it for now. He received a pain-killing shot before Monday's game, will skip practices moving forward, and is even trying new shoes in an effort to limit the effects. The Nuggets are off Tuesday and don't play a back-to-back for another week, and all parties are hoping that the regular off days will be enough to help him get right. The next extended rest for Nene and the Nuggets is just under two weeks out - they've got three straight days off from January 22-24 [schedule]. Fantasy owners should prepare for spotty performances in the short-term and keep their fingers crossed that we don't have any serious aggravation.
• Other status updates: Jason Kidd's back is giving him enough problems that he struggled during the Mavs' visit to the White House on Monday. He'll be re-evaluated on Friday .. For the Rockets on Tuesday: Kyle Lowry (foot) will play, but Kevin Martin (illness) will be a game-time decision. Goran Dragic will get the start if K-Mart sits .. Ty Lawson (foot) did not practice Tuesday and is day-to-day .. Rodney Stuckey (groin) is questionable for Tuesday .. Richard Hamilton remains doubtful for all of the Bulls' current back-to-back-to-back .. Mario Chalmers (shoulder) is expected to play Tuesday but will officially be a game-time decision .. Andrew Bogut (personal) will be back in the lineup Tuesday .. Both Tony Parker and DeJuan Blair are expected to play on Tuesday.
• Rick Adelman was asked Monday if he had considered employing Michael Beasley as a reserve, and he said that it's something that has been discussed internally since the summer. The T-Wolves' 97-87 loss to the Raptors later that night didn't give much credence to the idea - starters Wes Johnson (0-5 FG) and Wayne Ellington (2-6) were bad, and Darko Milicic is no offensive threat at center. Johnson is having a curiously miserable season and has made just two of 13 shots in two starts at small forward. If Beasley is heading to the bench, it will be because Derrick Williams has been promoted and not because the Ellington/Johnson combo will remain on the wings. Adelman said before Monday's game that Williams needs more playing time, so he's due for a boost in any case, but has also prefers Williams seeing most of his minutes at power forward and likes the chemistry he's developed with Ricky Rubio as the primary reserves. The upshot here is that this may amount to much ado about nothing, with Beasley continuing to start. He's off to a bad start (39% FG, 1:2.9 AST:TO) but does at least provide a much-needed threat of offense. Williams has been solid in his minutes and I'd roster him ahead of Beasley with the playing time being equal - Williams' averages over the past three games include 13 points, 1.3 threes, 6.3 boards, 0.7 steals, and 1 block in 28 minutes.
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• Anthony Morrow has been huge over the past three games (18.3 points, 54% FG, 4.3 threes) but all indications are that he'll be right back to the bench when either DeShawn Stevenson or Damion James is healthy enough to start. Avery Johnson likes the two-man game that has developed between Deron Williams and MarShon Brooks in a short time, and prefers Brooks' handles and the fact that teams are double-teaming him to Morrow's catch-and-shoot game.
• Rob Mahoney's latest suggests that Jameer Nelson is a buy low candidate. Nothing about his early-season performance suggests anything but that he's just "missing shots" that he normally would make, and that things will turn around before long. Nelson's ownership level is down to 59 percent, so he's on waivers in plenty of standard leagues. If you are participating in a deep enough league where Nelson would never hit waivers and need depth at point guard, float an offer and see about getting Nelson on the cheap.
• How much longer can Dwane Casey justify giving minutes to Rasual Butler? Butler, a "shooter", has successfully converted 24 percent of his shot attempts, including 23 percent from three. For all his offensive limitations, James Johnson can actually pass the ball and we know he'll have a positive impact on the defensive end (22 minutes, 4.4 boards, 1.3 steals, 1.9 steals). Casey may be content to continue to bring JJ off the bench because he's waiting for Linas Kleiza's return to adjust his starting five, but how Butler remains as the starter is curious in any scenario. Kleiza could make his season debut on Friday.
• Scanning the Buzz Index leaders: There's never been any doubt that Amir Johnson is a fantasy asset, he's just been showing it a bit more in recent games. He's still fouling at a good clip (5.1 per 36), but his minutes are up slightly from last season and so are the defensive stats (7.9 boards, 0.9 steals, 1.2 blocks) .. Byron Mullens was a flop against the Knicks on Monday (17 minutes, 1-6 FG). Let's see if he can turn it around against the Rockets on Tuesday - Jordan Hill is another athletic center that can affect the quality of his mid-range looks .. C.J. Miles is all but out of the Jazz's rotation entirely. Feel free to cut him across the board.
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