• Derrick Rose(notes) has missed the Bulls' past two practices because of a pair of stomach ulcers, which he thinks he's acquired because of a love of spicy food. Rose hasn't been able to eat much and hasn't been sleeping well, so his energy is low and his status for Friday is undecided as of now. He'll try to participate in the team's shootaround in the morning, and we should get a more specific update of his status at that point.
• Dwyane Wade(notes) is still dealing with the migraine symptoms that kept him out of action this past Saturday. He's been wearing tinted glasses in practices this week and will do the same against the Knicks on Thursday, at least to start.
"I'll feel the game out, see how I feel. At times throughout the game, of course, I’ll take them off, and if I feel like my eyes are adjusting well, my eyes are doing well, I may go without them. But I’m going to start the game (wearing them) for sure."
Fantasy owners need to prepare for less-than-stellar production from Wade on Thursday in any case.
• Deron Williams(notes) will have an MRI performed on his injured right wrist Thursday, with results to be announced Friday. Williams heard his wrist "pop" after getting tangled with George Hill(notes) on Wednesday night, but it didn't seem to affect his impact on the box score - he scored 29 of his 39 points in the second half and made 16 of 24 shots overall. The initial diagnosis was a hyper-extended wrist; he did not practice Thursday and will be a game-time decision Friday, pending the results of the MRI.
• Paul Millsap(notes) didn't practice Thursday because of his severely bruised right thumb but is expected to be in the lineup Friday. Millsap suffered the injury Tuesday and then turned in another sub-par performance on Wednesday night (19 minutes, 8 points, 3 boards, 4 fouls). Sub-par performances have actually been the norm for Millsap in recent weeks, and his pedestrian averages over his past seven games include 10.9 points on 43-percent shooting, 5.9 boards, 0.7 steals, 0.4 blocks, and 3.3 fouls in 27 minutes. His slump has coincided with a six-game losing streak for the Jazz, and the fouls are nothing new - he's averaging a hearty 3.5 in 34 minutes on the season, but he's bumped that up to 3.6 in 31 minutes over his past 18 games. I'm looking at Millsap's drop in production and the team's losing streak in the same way - the situation will improve before too much longer, as there is too much talent there for this present course to stay the norm.
• More Paul George(notes) propaganda: George is looking at a clear path to playing time for at least two weeks while Brandon Rush(notes) recovers from an ankle injury. If George makes good with the increased minutes, then it's very unlikely he'll have to give them up once Rush is able to return. George's per-25 minute averages on the season include 10.7 points, 1.3 threes, 4.6 boards, 1.6 steals, and 0.5 blocks.
• O.J. Mayo(notes) has been suspended 10 games for violating the league's substance abuse policy. He tested positive for a substance (DHEA) commonly available in health supplements and was the same substance that resulted in a suspension for Rashard Lewis(notes) in 2009. Mayo's statement:
"I’m extremely disappointed that I’m going to miss the next 10 games, particularly as our team is making a push for the playoffs. I had no idea that the over-the-counter supplement that I took was a substance banned by the NBA. It was an honest mistake, but I take full responsibility for my actions. I apologize to my fans, teammates and the Grizzlies organization for regrettably not doing the necessary research about what supplements I can put in my body."
• Other status updates: Nene Hilario(notes) was a late scratch Wednesday because of a calf strain but is hopeful that he'll be back in the lineup Friday ... JaVale McGee(notes) missed practice Thursday because of flu, while Kirk Hinrich(notes) (shoulder) returned; both are considered day-to-day ... Scott Skiles said that it's not impossible that both Brandon Jennings(notes) (foot) and John Salmons(notes) (hip) will return from injury this weekend ... Rodney Stuckey's(notes) shoulder injury is just a bruise and not serious, although he is questionable for Friday ... Roy Hibbert's(notes) next option for trying to break out of his slump: he wants to add weight and get (back) to around 260 (he's currently at 248).
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