• Carlos Boozer left Wednesday's game after straining his right calf on a simple in-bounds in the third quarter and did not return. He's set for a Thursday MRI that should give us a better idea of his condition. Given his history, both Boozer and Paul Millsap's(notes) fantasy owners should anxiously be awaiting news here ... Deron Williams(notes) won't play Friday, as he'll be away from the team because of a family funeral. Ronnie Price(notes) figures to get the start for the Jazz.
• Tony Parker, already dealing with plantar fasciitis, left Wednesday's game with a left ankle sprain. X-rays were negative, but he'll be re-evaluated by Spurs' doctors Thursday and is likely to miss at least a couple of games. George Hill(notes), who was already starting at shooting guard, will take over at point guard during his absence and suddenly looks like a very good roster add (an upgrade from his previous designation of merely "good"). Roger Mason(notes) and Keith Bogans(notes) will also get extra backcourt run while Parker is out.
• Brandon Roy's(notes) hamstring injury will keep him out at least through the weekend. He'll be re-evaluated Monday and may be available for the Blazers' game that night ... Nicolas Batum(notes) is back for the Blazers and should serve to further muddy the fantasy depth chart. He played 27 minutes Wednesday, scoring 16 points on 7-of-9 shooting (2-of-2 threes) and adding four boards, one block, and one steal, while spending some time defending Deron Williams. The Blazers of course played with Brandon Roy in that game, so how many minutes Batum sees - and who they come at the expense of (Martell Webster(notes)?) - remains to be seen once Roy's hamstring is feeling good enough for him to return to the active roster.
• The Clippers played most of their 103-87 loss to the Nets without Marcus Camby(notes), who suffered a bruised rib while taking a charge in the first quarter. There's been no indication as of yet that the injury is serious. Craig Smith(notes) played 37 minutes in his absence (18 points, 8 boards) and would be the primary beneficiary if Camby were to miss any games moving forward. Over the past eight games, Smith has averaged 14.5 points on 61-percent shooting and 5.6 boards in 24 minutes, but he's not more than a three-category contributor (FG%, REB, PTS) even at his best.
• Kris Humphries made some noise in the win over the Clippers, scoring 25 points on 10-of-14 shooting in 31 minutes, and adding eight boards, one steal, and one block. Humphries got the extra run because of Yi Jianlian's(notes) foul trouble (15 minutes, 6 points, 5 fouls) and has seen at least 22 minutes of action in each of the past six games as the team's sole backup big. His averages during that stretch include 14.8 points on 57-percent shooting, 6.7 boards, and 1.3 steals-plus-blocks. Those numbers play in more than six percent of leagues (his current ownership level).
• Michael Beasley(notes) played only eight minutes Wednesday because of a hyper-extended right knee. While the injury isn't considered serious - there was no swelling and the team didn't see a need for an MRI - he's questionable/doubtful for Friday's matchup with the Pistons. Udonis Haslem(notes) (40 minutes, 16 points, 11 boards Wednesday) will get extra run if Beasley is out Friday.
• Developments in Dallas: Jason Terry(notes) has started the past four games at shooting guard (35 minutes, 16.5 points, 49% FG, 2.5 threes, 3.5 assists, 1 turnover, 1.3 steals) and all involved parties appear comfortable with Terry remaining in the starting five, while Josh Howard(notes) comes off the bench. Howard [splits] certainly has a chance to be productive as a reserve, but the move does make it a bit tougher for him to completely turn his season around ... Erick Dampier(notes) (knee) is being called a game-time decision Thursday, but it's likely by design and I'd expect him to sit, considering the matchup (@PHO). Drew Gooden(notes) should be in fantasy lineups for this one.
• Brandon Rush(notes) is emerging with some fantasy value, post-hype. Over the past eight games, he's averaged 13.1 points on 55-percent shooting, 2.1 threes, 4.8 boards, and 1.3 steals-plus-blocks in 32 minutes. He's taken back the starting shooting guard position and is showing signs that he means to hang on to it this time around (and the Pacers' organization as a whole couldn't be happier). I'd roster Marcus Thornton(notes) ahead of Rush, but Rush ahead of Arron Afflalo(notes).
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