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NBA Skinny: To the points

Matt Buser
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I can't say that I have any huge issues with the makeup of the NBA All-Star rosters. The fans decided on a solid collection of starters, Allen Iverson(notes) notwithstanding, and the reserves are composed of well-deserving players. If it were completely up to me, here are the changes I'd make: for the East, replace Iverson with Josh Smith(notes) (Rajon Rondo(notes) to start at PG), replace Paul Pierce(notes) with Brook Lopez(notes), and let a series of coin-flips decide between one of Antawn Jamison(notes), Al Horford(notes), David Lee(notes), and Andrew Bogut(notes); in the West, things look pretty good but I'd have Monta Ellis(notes) ahead of Amar'e Stoudemire(notes) and move Dirk Nowitzki(notes) to the starting five. Feel free to offer your own edits to the All-Star rosters in the comments section below.

Weekend Update: Need-to-know info from the past few days
Details are still emerging regarding Chris Paul's(notes) left knee injury. What was originally diagnosed as a bruise could actually be a cartilage tear, and the results of a Sunday MRI have been sent to a number of specialists, who will help determine if surgery is the best course of action. Jeff Bower called surgery the "likely" option, and Paul is expected to miss at least a month of action when everything is said and done. Bower added that a decision would be made within a day or so, and we won't know the specifics of a timetable for his return until after that has been decided. Darren Collison(notes) deserves near-universal fantasy consideration while Paul is sidelined. He dished 18 assists in Saturday's 109-102 win over the Grizzlies and has averaged 15.1 points, 0.7 threes, 3.4 boards, 7.7 assists, 3.2 turnovers, and 1 steal in his nine starts on the season. Paul's owners should stay put until we get those specific details – after all, there is a significant difference between one and two months of missed games.

Steve Nash(notes) is currently dealing with a lower abdominal strain that is limiting his ability to shoot the ball – he made two of his 10 shot attempts Sunday. Clearly, it didn't affect the rest of his game, as he played 41 minutes, grabbed eight boards, and offset his whopping 16 assists with zero turnovers in the 115-111 win over the Rockets. Any kind of physical issue is worth noting when it comes to the 36-year-old Nash, however, and the combination of abdominal issues and his chronic back discomfort is certainly less than ideal. Nash didn't practice over the weekend, and it's likely the team will continue to limit his activities outside of game action while he's at less than 100 percent. Nash won't have the luxury of using the All-Star break for downtime, as he's a starter for the Western Conference. Goran Dragic(notes) would get the starts if this does eventually cost Nash a game or two down the line.

Hedo Turkoglu(notes) suffered a small non-displaced fracture of his right orbital bone after taking a Mike Dunleavy elbow to the face just over one minute into Sunday's game. He's not expected to miss any games at this point and will be fitted with a mask while going through the healing process. Sonny Weems(notes) (32 minutes, 13 points, 6 boards) and Antoine Wright(notes) (36 minutes, 15 points, 3 treys, 6 boards) picked up the slack for Hedo (and the injured DeMar DeRozan(notes)) during the 117-102 win over the Pacers.

Jameer Nelson(notes) played only 10 minutes Sunday because of a hyper-extended left knee. Both Otis Smith and Nelson said the injury wasn't serious, but Nelson was already struggling (10.5 points over his past 13 games) and it's the same knee that required surgery less than three months ago. Nelson owners should pay close attention to updates in advance of the Magic's next game (Tuesday, MIL) and speculative deep-leaguers should consider J.J. Redick(notes) (17 points, 2 threes Sunday) and Jason Williams(notes) (8.5 points, 1.5 threes, 5.1 assists in 17 starts) if they have a roster spot currently in play.

Injury/Status Updates: Carmelo Anthony(notes) (ankle) is expected to try play Monday, but he's still not quite 100 percentCarlos Boozer(notes) (calf) thinks he has a shot at returning to game action by the end of the week … Michael Beasley(notes) (knee) will be a game-time decision Monday … Chris Kaman(notes) still has swelling in his ankle and remains questionableCharlie Villanueva(notes) missed Sunday's game with back spasms so bad that he couldn't stand up straight … Both Joakim Noah(notes) and Taj Gibson(notes) are expected to be in the lineup TuesdayAl Harrington(notes) (knee) is questionable for Wednesday … Jonas Jerebko(notes) could be back in the starting five for good following Sunday's performance (16 points, 2 threes, 9 boards) … Mario Chalmers(notes) (thumb) is likely out through the All-Star break.

For a complete injury wrap and a rundown of the best available players in your league, see the Week 15 Dashboard.

Market Movers: Charting player values

Andrei Kirilenko(notes) – Jerry Sloan made good on his promise to get AK more involved, and Kirilenko has rewarded him with excellent production. Over the past seven games (all starts), he's averaged 15.9 points on 64-percent shooting, 5.6 boards, 1.4 steals, and 2 blocks in 30 minutes.

Stephen Jackson(notes) – Has Jackson found a comfort zone in Charlotte? His numbers sure say that he has. Over the past 11 games, he's averaged 23.4 points on 48-percent (!) shooting, 1.7 threes, 5 boards, 4.3 assists, 2.8 turnovers, and 2.5 steals.

Andrew Bogut – Bogut's fantasy owners were treated to a January that included averages of 17.3 points on 56-percent shooting, 11.3 boards, and 2.7 blocks in 15 games. The 25-year-old is averaging career-highs in points (15.9), boards (10.3) and blocks (2.2) in 33 minutes per game on the season.

Jamal Crawford(notes) – Crawford's usage rate has been steadily climbing, and he's now averaged 20.4 points on 47-percent shooting, 2.2 threes, 89-percent foul shooting, 3.3 assists, and 1.9 turnovers in 30 minutes over the past 14 games.

Stephen Curry(notes) – Curry has averaged 22 points on 46-percent shooting, 2.9 threes, 92-percent foul shooting, 4.9 boards, 6.1 assists, 2.9 turnovers, and 2 steals in a whopping 43 minutes over the past eight games. Those are huge numbers, but do those minutes make hitting a rookie wall a more likely scenario?

Andre Miller(notes) – Miller scored a career-high 52 points in the 114-112 overtime win over the Mavs Saturday and has been very effective in January (36 minutes, 18.8 points, 50% FG, 6.7 assists, 1.2 steals). What remains to be seen is if Miller remains on the Blazers through the trade deadline and if he can maintain this level of production alongside a healthy Brandon Roy(notes).

Corey Brewer(notes) – A new-found three-point shot has brought a new dimension to Brewer's fantasy impact. He's scored 20 points or more in six of his past 11 games, averaging 17.3 points on 49-percent shooting, 2.2 threes, 1.2 steals, and 0.7 blocks over that time.

Josh Howard(notes)Jason Terry(notes) appears to be locked into the starting lineup and Howard has averaged 11 points on 42-percent shooting and 3.2 boards in 22 minutes as a reserve over the past five games.

Mike Bibby(notes) – Bibby has been feeling the squeeze from Jamal Crawford and has been delivering some real stinkers in recent weeks. Over the past 11 games, he's averaged 5.8 points on 34-percent shooting and 0.9 threes, and he's totaled one steal and made just four of seven free throws over that stretch.

Chris Douglas-Roberts(notes) – CDR's usage has plummeted in recent weeks and he's averaged just 5.7 points and 5.1 shot attempts in 25 minutes over the past nine games.

Yahoo! Friends and Family League Update
Hector Castro has ridden spikes in production from Samuel Dalembert(notes), Martell Webster(notes), Andre Miller, and Corey Brewer back to the top of the standings, but things remain close in general. Recent transactions included Erick Dampier(notes), Rasual Butler(notes), Mike Dunleavy, Ersan Ilyasova(notes), and Quentin Richardson(notes) among others.

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