• Deron Williams'(notes) right wrist has shown so little progress in the week since he injured it that he's set to see a specialist on Wednesday to help determine what exactly is going on. From The Salt Lake Tribune:
Williams said that this injury is unique when compared to past wrist issues. The All-Star guard and team leader's range of motion has not improved and he is still dealing with significant pain, which has limited his ability to shoot or pass the ball. Any on-the-court action that requires a flick of the wrist is almost impossible for him right now.
An MRI of the wrist did not reveal any structural damage but he's still dealing with "a lot" of pain when he attempts to shoot the ball from further than 12 feet, and he and the team are a bit perplexed right now. We may see an update on the situation by the end of the day - there are a lot of fantasy fortunes at stake here, so stay tuned. Earl Watson(notes) will start for however long Williams remains sidelined, C.J. Miles(notes) gets a boost, and Andrei Kirilenko's(notes) role within the Jazz's offense will also increase. AK is out Wednesday because of an ankle sprain, while Paul Millsap(notes) is a game-time decision because of left pinkie and right thumb injuries.
• Doug Collins thinks Andre Iguodala(notes) is "a triple-double guy" and plans to use him more as a point forward for the 76ers. The team has been winning games lately with Iguodala looking strong since returning from time off to rest his Achilles. Over the past nine games, Iggy has averaged 16.2 points on 58-percent shooting, 1 three, 5.3 boards, 6 assists, 1.8 turnovers, 2.6 steals, and 0.6 blocks in 37 minutes, with Philly going 6-3 in those games. During those same games, Jrue Holiday(notes) has been struggling on offense (11.3 points, 38% FG, 3 turnovers) but has still managed some counting stats (1.3 threes, 4 boards, 5.9 assists, 2.1 steals, 0.4 blocks); Elton Brand(notes) has maintained his production (14.8 points, 53% FG, 7.8 boards, 0.8 steals, 1.2 blocks); and Thaddeus Young(notes) has settled into a very productive role (29 minutes, 13.4 points, 5.6 boards, 1.4 steals, 0.6 blocks). While the Sixers have to still be willing to move Iguodala at the deadline if the deal is right, they also want to find out just how good they can be while he's healthy, productive, and still on their roster.
• Brandon Bass'(notes) severely sprained left ankle is likely to sideline him through the All-Star break, although there aren't specifics for his timetable right now beyond his being out for a minimum of five games. The Magic don't have many options beyond Dwight Howard(notes) and Ryan Anderson(notes) at C/PF, so expect those two to log some serious playing time while Bass is out. Bass becomes expendable in most formats, particularly h2h, as his numbers were fringey despite his consistent starts (12.2 points, 49% FG, 6.2 boards, 0.3 steals, 0.6 blocks in 26 starts on the season).
• Drew Gooden(notes) has made little-to-no progress in his battle with plantaar fasciitis and has now been instructed by a foot specialist to sit for the next four-to-six weeks. There are two action items that result from this news: drop Gooden in nearly all formats and check the wire for Ersan Ilyasova(notes). Ilyasova now has some very good job security and has averaged 12.2 points on 49-percent shooting, 0.6 threes, 6.6 boards, 1.1 steals, and 0.5 blocks in 29 minutes during the 21 games in which Gooden was sidelined to this point of the season. Ilyasova is ranked 50th in per-game value over the past month thanks in large part to sparkling efficiency (53% FG, 88% FT, 1 turnover).
• Some good news for the Bucks was that an MRI of Andrew Bogut's(notes) knee revealed nothing more than a bone bruise. Bogut is questionable for Wednesday, but this clearly could have been a worse situation ... John Salmons(notes) is closer to a return but will miss his ninth consecutive game Wednesday because of a sore hip.
• Wilson Chandler(notes) (calf) is being called probable for Wednesday but will come off the bench if he is active. The Knicks will stick with Ronny Turiaf(notes) at center against the Mavs and allow Amar'e Stoudemire(notes) to start the game at power forward.
• Wednesday's notable matchups: Game two of the Frank Vogel era for the Pacers couldn't be a better setup (@CLE) ... MEM@MIN should be as packed of a box score as we'll find ... The Clippers face a good test in Chicago, as the Bulls lead the league in opponent FG% (42.3%) ... Clashes of styles on Wednesday include MIL@PHO, TOR@ATL, and POR@DEN ... DAL@NYK is their first meeting of the season.
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