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<table border="0" cellSpacing="0" cellPadding="0" width="100%"><tbody><tr><td>Derrick Rose - G - Bulls </td></tr><tr><td>
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</td></tr><tr><td class="bodyCopy">Derrick Rose was not with the Bulls on Wednesday, as he was visiting a back specialist and receiving treatment.</td></tr><tr><td>
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</td></tr><tr><td class="vaLink">The treatment was planned, so this isn't a setback, but his status for Thursday's game is still very uncertain. "He’s still not quite ready," said Tom Thibodeau. "We’ll see where he is. Each day he’s gotten better. So we’re encouraged by that." Check back on Thursday afternoon for the latest.
Feb. 15 - 4:00 p.m. ET</td></tr><tr><td class="vaLink">
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</td></tr><tr><td class="vaLink">Source: K.C. Johnson on Twitter</td></tr></tbody></table>
 

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<table border="0" cellSpacing="0" cellPadding="0" width="100%"><tbody><tr><td>Steve Nash - G - Suns </td></tr><tr><td>
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</td></tr><tr><td class="bodyCopy">Steve Nash will return to action against the Hawks on Wednesday, after getting a precautionary night of rest on Tuesday.</td></tr><tr><td>
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</td></tr><tr><td class="vaLink">The Suns are on the final leg of a back-to-back-to-back set, and Alvin Gentry chose to preserve his two linchpin veterans, Nash and Grant Hill.</td></tr><tr><td class="vaLink">
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<table border="0" cellSpacing="0" cellPadding="0" width="100%"><tbody><tr><td>Danny Granger - F - Pacers </td></tr><tr><td>
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</td></tr><tr><td class="bodyCopy">Hoopsworld.com writes that Danny Granger (ankle) won't play on Wednesday, but as far as we can tell he remains a game-time decision.</td></tr><tr><td>
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</td></tr><tr><td class="vaLink">The Indianapolis Star is cited as the source, yet there's no link and we cannot find any such update on IndyStar.com or any IndyStar writers' Twitter accounts. Pacers PR rep Krissy Myers wrote this afternoon that Granger is a game-time decision, so we're sticking with that diagnosis until we hear otherwise.
Feb. 15 - 2:46 p.m. ET</td></tr><tr><td class="vaLink">
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</td></tr><tr><td class="vaLink">Source: Krissy Myers on Twitter</td></tr></tbody></table>
 

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<table border="0" cellSpacing="0" cellPadding="0" width="100%"><tbody><tr><td>Chauncey Billups - G - Clippers </td></tr><tr><td>
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</td></tr><tr><td class="bodyCopy">Chauncey Billups (Achilles) underwent successful surgery on Wednesday.</td></tr><tr><td>
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</td></tr><tr><td class="vaLink">Billups is out for the season but has promised that he will return next year. He'll spend four weeks in Colorado, where he had the surgery, before beginning his rehabilitation.
Feb. 15 - 1:29 p.m. ET</td></tr><tr><td class="vaLink">
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<table border="0" cellSpacing="0" cellPadding="0" width="100%"><tbody><tr><td>Anthony Parker - G - Cavaliers </td></tr><tr><td>
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</td></tr><tr><td class="bodyCopy">Anthony Parker (back) is progressing and "could" return next week.</td></tr><tr><td>
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</td></tr><tr><td class="vaLink">Byron Scott said that he was hopeful Parker could return to non-contact practice on Friday, but that is far from a guarantee. Parker has been out for better than two weeks and has battled back issues all season long. Daniel Gibson will continue to start in his place and be an excellent short-term play for owners who need a boost in the 3-point department.
Feb. 15 - 12:22 p.m. ET</td></tr><tr><td class="vaLink">
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<table border="0" cellSpacing="0" cellPadding="0" width="100%"><tbody><tr><td>in Garnett - F - Celtics </td></tr><tr><td>
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</td></tr><tr><td class="bodyCopy">Kevin Garnett (hip) was able to participate in shootaround and is now probable to play on Wednesday against the Pistons.</td></tr><tr><td>
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</td></tr><tr><td class="vaLink">After being officially listed as "doubtful" on Tuesday, Garnett is suddenly expected to play less than 24 hours later. Garnett was seen grabbing at his hip in Sunday's win, but clearly this isn't a serious issue. K.G. is the only starter to play in every game for the Celtics so far this season, averaging 14.0 points, 7.7 rebounds and 1.1 blocks.
Feb. 15 - 11:40 a.m. ET</td></tr><tr><td class="vaLink">
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<table border="0" cellSpacing="0" cellPadding="0" width="100%"><tbody><tr><td>Kyrie Irving - G - Cavaliers </td></tr><tr><td>
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</td></tr><tr><td class="bodyCopy">Kyrie Irving (concussion) has been cleared to return and will start for the Cavs on Wednesday.</td></tr><tr><td>
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</td></tr><tr><td class="vaLink">We hinted that Irving should be cleared to play on Wednesday, and now official word has come that he will do exactly that. Ramon Sessions will go back to his reserve role which will greatly limit his fantasy outlook. Irving is averaging 18.0 points, 5.1 assists and 1.1 treys in 30 minutes per game.
Feb. 15 - 11:11 a.m. ET</td></tr><tr><td class="vaLink">
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<table border="0" cellSpacing="0" cellPadding="0" width="100%"><tbody><tr><td>Andrew Bogut - C - Bucks </td></tr><tr><td>
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</td></tr><tr><td class="bodyCopy">Andrew Bogut (ankle) is hoping to avoid surgery.</td></tr><tr><td>
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</td></tr><tr><td class="vaLink">Bogut is scheduled for another ankle scan next week, and Bogut acknowledged that "everything is kind of relying on this next scan." The center said that all of his swelling is gone but the injury is still painful. Bogut is hopeful to return by the end of the season and for the postseason if his team makes it, but we won't have a definitive idea of his timetable until a decision is made on surgery.
Feb. 15 - 8:37 a.m. ET</td></tr><tr><td class="vaLink">
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</td></tr><tr><td class="vaLink">Source: Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel</td></tr></tbody></table>
 

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<table border="0" cellSpacing="0" cellPadding="0" width="100%"><tbody><tr><td>Nene Hilario - F/C - Nuggets </td></tr><tr><td>
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</td></tr><tr><td class="bodyCopy">Both Nene (calf) and Timofey Mozgov (ankle) are not expected to play on Wednesday.</td></tr><tr><td>
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</td></tr><tr><td class="vaLink">Neither player was expected to play on Wednesday, and George Karl previously hinted that Nene would be out for 4-5 days back on February 13. Mozgov hasn't played since February 3 due to his ankle injury.
Feb. 15 - 7:33 a.m. ET</td></tr><tr><td class="vaLink">
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<table border="0" cellSpacing="0" cellPadding="0" width="100%"><tbody><tr><td>LaMarcus Aldridge - F/C - Trail Blazers </td></tr><tr><td>
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</td></tr><tr><td class="bodyCopy">LaMarcus Aldridge (ankle) will not play on Wednesday against the Warriors.</td></tr><tr><td>
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</td></tr><tr><td class="vaLink">Aldridge suffered a sprain on Tuesday, and despite X-rays being negative, it's not a surprise that he'll reportedly be out on Wednesday. The Blazers certainly won't rush their lone All-Star back into action before he's ready to return.
Feb. 15 - 7:30 a.m. ET</td></tr><tr><td class="vaLink">
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<table border="0" cellSpacing="0" cellPadding="0" width="100%"><tbody><tr><td>Linas Kleiza - G/F - Raptors </td></tr><tr><td>
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</td></tr><tr><td class="bodyCopy">Linas Kleiza will not play vs. the Spurs on Wednesday due to a sore left ankle and knee.</td></tr><tr><td>
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</td></tr><tr><td class="vaLink">Kleiza is coming off a double-double on Tuesday (15 points, 11 rebounds) and his absence is sudden and unexpected. James Johnson figures to pick up the most playing time in his absence, though the Raptors' rotations are anything but predictable.
Feb. 15 - 6:10 p.m. ET</td></tr><tr><td class="vaLink">
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<table border="0" cellSpacing="0" cellPadding="0" width="100%"><tbody><tr><td>Danny Granger - F - Pacers </td></tr><tr><td>
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</td></tr><tr><td class="bodyCopy">Danny Granger (ankle) is attempting to warm up for Wednesday's game but remains a true game-time decision.</td></tr><tr><td>
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</td></tr><tr><td class="vaLink">Dahntay Jones will start at SF if Granger isn't able to go, which remains a very real possibility. Frank Vogel said "our trainers are not optimistic," and owners may want to play safer options where possible.
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</td></tr><tr><td class="bodyCopy">Anthony Morrow will come off the Nets' bench on Wednesday, making room for DeShawn Stevenson in the starting lineup.</td></tr><tr><td>
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</td></tr><tr><td class="vaLink">Morrow is averaging 33 minutes as a starter this season, but just 23 minutes as a reserve. Owners should expect a corresponding dip in production, which makes him a shaky option in average leagues.
Feb. 15 - 6:23 p.m. ET</td></tr><tr><td class="vaLink">
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<table border="0" cellSpacing="0" cellPadding="0" width="100%"><tbody><tr><td>Kevin Garnett - F - Celtics </td></tr><tr><td>
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</td></tr><tr><td class="bodyCopy">Kevin Garnett (hip) is still a game-time decision for Wednesday, but Celtics announcer Sean Grande writes that he's "more likely to play than not."</td></tr><tr><td>
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</td></tr><tr><td class="vaLink">Chris Wilcox and JaJuan Johnson would be leaned on heavily if KG can't suit up, but his hip flexor clearly isn't a very serious injury. Stay tuned for the final word on his status.
Feb. 15 - 6:46 p.m. ET</td></tr><tr><td class="vaLink">
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<table border="0" cellSpacing="0" cellPadding="0" width="100%"><tbody><tr><td>Luke Ridnour - G - Timberwolves </td></tr><tr><td>
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</td></tr><tr><td class="bodyCopy">Luke Ridnour (personal) will start in Wednesday's game against the Bobcats.</td></tr><tr><td>
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</td></tr><tr><td class="vaLink">Martell Webster goes back to the bench, and this returns the backcourt to the old status quo.
Feb. 15 - 7:00 p.m. ET
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<table border="0" cellSpacing="0" cellPadding="0" width="100%"><tbody><tr><td>Danny Granger - F - Pacers </td></tr><tr><td>
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</td></tr><tr><td class="bodyCopy">Danny Granger will not play against the Cavaliers on Wednesday due to his sprained ankle.</td></tr><tr><td>
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</td></tr><tr><td class="vaLink">He was a true game-time decision, but decided he couldn't go tonight. Expect Dahntay Jones to start in his place, but the biggest beneficiary in his absence very well could be Paul George.
Feb. 15 - 6:53 p.m. ET</td></tr><tr><td class="vaLink">
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<table border="0" cellSpacing="0" cellPadding="0" width="100%"><tbody><tr><td>Jason Terry - G - Mavericks </td></tr><tr><td>
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</td></tr><tr><td class="bodyCopy">Jason Terry will not play on Wednesday due to a mild quad strain -- he will also miss Friday's game for personal reasons.</td></tr><tr><td>
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</td></tr><tr><td class="vaLink">The Mavericks have enough depth in their backcourt that they can compensate for Terry's absence with Delonte West and Rodrigue Beaubois.
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<table border="0" cellSpacing="0" cellPadding="0" width="100%"><tbody><tr><td>Kevin Garnett - F - Celtics </td></tr><tr><td>
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</td></tr><tr><td class="bodyCopy">Kevin Garnett (hip) will not play on Wednesday after all, and Chris Wilcox will start in his place.</td></tr><tr><td>
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</td></tr><tr><td class="vaLink">KG was a game-time decision and is on the active roster, but it seems like caution (and probably the Celtics' trainers) won over Garnett's competitive fire. We're considering him questionable for Thursday's game vs. the Bulls -- Boston may not have a shootaround, but hopefully we'll get a concrete update in the afternoon. Wilcox is worth a look if you're looking for spot-help tonight.
Feb. 15 - 7:18 p.m. ET</td></tr><tr><td class="vaLink">
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<table border="0" cellSpacing="0" cellPadding="0" width="100%"><tbody><tr><td>Tracy McGrady - G/F - Hawks </td></tr><tr><td>
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</td></tr><tr><td class="bodyCopy">Tracy McGrady will not play on Wednesday against the Suns to get some prescribed rest.</td></tr><tr><td>
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</td></tr><tr><td class="vaLink">McGrady hasn't made a peep in weeks and this won't alter the fantasy landscape in Atlanta much, if at all. Look for Marvin Williams and Kirk Hinrich to absorb his minutes, but neither are appealing options in standard formats.
Feb. 15 - 7:58 p.m. ET</td></tr></tbody></table>
 

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