• The Clippers announced Tuesday that Eric Gordon(notes) will be out up to a month after an examination of his sore right wrist revealed a sprain and a small bone chip fracture. This is a huge blow for all involved parties, as Gordon was a key for the surging Clips and checks in at fourth overall in per-game rank over the past month. This is a trade or sit tight scenario - the month time-frame still leaves plenty of basketball on the other side, and he still figures to loom largely for the Clippers down the stretch. If you can't afford to carry an inactive player for the next four weeks - keep in mind that one of them is the shortened All-Star week - then there certainly will be teams that will be interested in his services.
Randy Foye(notes) got the start Tuesday (29 minutes, 15 points, 2 threes, 4 assists) and makes for a solid pickup in the interim. Foye has always been more effective at shooting guard than point guard and is a career 36-percent shooter from three, so he should be able to post some numbers. Gordon's loss certainly opens up some pretty serious usage. Baron Davis(notes) and Ryan Gomes(notes) will also see their offensive responsibilities increase, and Rasual Butler(notes) would be next in line if Foye can't get it done.
• Brandon Jennings(notes) met with Bucks' team doctors Tuesday but was not cleared to return to practice and full contact as was hoped. Nothing has necessarily gone wrong in his recovery, it's just not progressing quite as fast as was expected. He's take up some light jogging and shooting lately, but it's looking like he won't be active for the Bucks for at least another week.
• Kendrick Perkins(notes) made his season debut Tuesday, scoring seven points and grabbing six boards in 17 minutes versus the Cavs. He's not likely to see more than 20 minutes in the short-term, but he should settle back in as the team's starting center before too long, assuming he has no set-backs with his knee. Expectations here for when he's back into form are 8/8/1.5 in around 25 minutes per game, with some room for upside there.
• Kwame Brown(notes) grabbed a season-high 18 boards in 35 minutes Tuesday and certainly is interesting for fantasy purposes if he's going to see starter's minutes more often. In the nine games where Brown has seen at least 25 minutes of playing time, he's averaged 9.4 points on 52-percent shooting, 10.3 boards, 0.6 steals, and 0.8 blocks in 32 minutes. Paul Silas seems inclined to let Kwame play as long as he can avoid foul trouble, but Nazr Mohammed(notes) is there if he can't. I do endorse a move to roster Brown in most deep-league scenarios at this point, as Tyrus Thomas'(notes) injury has created more opportunity for all parties in the Bobcats' frontcourt.
• Other status updates: Stephen Curry(notes) (ankle) will be in the lineup for the Warriors on Wednesday ... Gerald Wallace(notes) is shooting 41 percent in January and says he's still dealing with problems related to his ankle injury ... The Heat will play small ball with Chris Bosh(notes) out of the lineup for at least the next few games. Expect Mike Miller(notes) and James Jones(notes) to get extensive run as a result ... Marvin Williams(notes) is slated to return for the Hawks Wednesday and play around 20 minutes.
Wednesday's favorable matchups: Start all available Thunder (@MIN), Bobcats (@PHO), and Hornets (@GSW) ... The LAC@HOU matchup should be a good source of fantasy numbers all the way around.
Wednesday's unfavorable matchups: ATL@MIL is the clear favorite to produce the night's fewest points, with SAS@UTA also looking like a potentially low-scoring affair ... The Pacers are going to have to work for everything on offense (ORL).
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