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<table border="0" cellSpacing="0" cellPadding="0" width="100%"><tbody><tr><td>Manu Ginobili - G - Spurs </td></tr><tr><td>
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</td></tr><tr><td class="bodyCopy">Manu Ginobili acknowledged that he's still working his way into game shape after 22 games off.</td></tr><tr><td>
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</td></tr><tr><td class="vaLink">In the long run, Manu's fractured hand could end up being a good thing. But for now, his playing time been limited. Ginobili has played 17, 24 and 20 minutes in his first three games back. "It's a slow process," Ginobili said following Wednesday's win. "At 34, it's not the same as when you're 22."
Feb. 16 - 5:12 p.m. ET</td></tr><tr><td class="vaLink">
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</td></tr><tr><td class="vaLink">Source: San Antonio Express-News</td></tr></tbody></table>
 

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<table border="0" cellSpacing="0" cellPadding="0" width="100%"><tbody><tr><td>Derek Fisher - G - Lakers </td></tr><tr><td>
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</td></tr><tr><td class="bodyCopy">Derek Fisher (sinusitis) was sent home from Thursday's practice.</td></tr><tr><td>
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</td></tr><tr><td class="vaLink">Fisher is just feeling a little under the weather. The ironman hasn't missed a game since 2005, making it likely he's in the starting lineup against the Suns Friday. Fisher is averaging 5.1 points and 3.7 assists this season.
Feb. 16 - 4:47 p.m. ET</td></tr><tr><td class="vaLink">
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</td></tr><tr><td class="vaLink">Source: Mike Trudell on Twitter</td></tr></tbody></table>
 

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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">Coach Frank Vogel said Danny Granger (ankle) could play in Thursday's game against the Nets.</td></tr><tr><td>
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</td></tr><tr><td class="vaLink">Granger did warm up prior to Wednesday's loss to the Cavs, so his ankle sprain clearly isn't severe. He's likely headed for another true game-time call tonight. The Pacers have lost five straight games, possibly putting Granger in desperation mode. "We are in dire need of a win now," center Roy Hibbert said. "Dire need."
Feb. 16 - 4:33 p.m. ET</td></tr><tr><td class="vaLink">
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</td></tr><tr><td class="vaLink">Source: Indianapolis Star</td></tr></tbody></table>
 

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<table border="0" cellSpacing="0" cellPadding="0" width="100%"><tbody><tr><td>Carmelo Anthony - F - Knicks </td></tr><tr><td>
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</td></tr><tr><td class="bodyCopy">Carmelo Anthony (groin) is expected back either Friday or Sunday.</td></tr><tr><td>
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</td></tr><tr><td class="vaLink">Anthony has missed five straight games, all Knick wins. His groin is nearing health, leaving him questionable for Friday's game against the Hornets.
Feb. 16 - 3:50 p.m. ET</td></tr><tr><td class="vaLink">
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</td></tr><tr><td class="vaLink">Source: New York Post</td></tr></tbody></table>
 

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<table border="0" cellSpacing="0" cellPadding="0" width="100%"><tbody><tr><td>Daniel Gibson - G - Cavaliers </td></tr><tr><td>
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</td></tr><tr><td class="bodyCopy">Daniel Gibson (ankle) is doubtful for Friday's game against the Heat.</td></tr><tr><td>
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</td></tr><tr><td class="vaLink">Gibson sprained his left ankle in Wednesday's game against the Pacers and left the arena in a walking boot. He won't need an MRI and is considered day-to-day. Alonzo Gee will start at shooting guard on Friday.
Feb. 16 - 2:59 p.m. ET</td></tr><tr><td class="vaLink">
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Anthony Parker - G - Cavaliers </td></tr><tr><td>
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</td></tr><tr><td class="bodyCopy">Anthony Parker (back) will not play in Friday's game against the Heat.</td></tr><tr><td>
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</td></tr><tr><td class="vaLink">We still have no word on a target date for Parker. With Daniel Gibson (ankle) also likely out Friday, Alonzo Gee is looking at a ton of burn.
Feb. 16 - 2:56 p.m. ET</td></tr><tr><td class="vaLink">
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</td></tr><tr><td class="vaLink">Source: Sam Amico on Twitter</td></tr></tbody></table>
 

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<table border="0" cellSpacing="0" cellPadding="0" width="100%"><tbody><tr><td>Anderson Varejao - F/C - Cavaliers </td></tr><tr><td>
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</td></tr><tr><td class="bodyCopy">The Cavs announced that Anderson Varejao (wrist) won't need surgery, but will be out 4-6 weeks.</td></tr><tr><td>
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</td></tr><tr><td class="vaLink">It's about what was expected after Varejao fractured his right (shooting) wrist last Friday. If he somehow gets back in four weeks, he'll have a chance to play in the final 25 games of the season. However, he won't have much incentive to rush back to the 11-16 Cavs. Varejao was averaging career-highs in points (10.8), rebounds (11.5) and steals (1.4) before going down. Semih Erden has started the last two games at center.
Feb. 16 - 2:46 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>Emeka Okafor - C - Hornets </td></tr><tr><td>
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</td></tr><tr><td class="bodyCopy">Coach Monty Williams referred to Emeka Okafor's knee injury as "one of those weird deals."</td></tr><tr><td>
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</td></tr><tr><td class="vaLink">Okafor isn't traveling with the Hornets and won't play until after the All-Star break at the earliest. "I'm not going to get too detailed about that. It is what it is," said Williams when asked about what's wrong with Okafor. The Hornets now have four players sidelined with knee issues: Okafor, Eric Gordon, Jarrett Jack and Carl Landry.
Feb. 16 - 2:25 p.m. ET</td></tr><tr><td class="vaLink">
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</td></tr><tr><td class="vaLink">Source: New Orleans Times-Picayune</td></tr></tbody></table>
 

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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">The Mavericks are hoping to get Jason Terry (quad, personal) back for Sunday's game against the Knicks.</td></tr><tr><td>
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</td></tr><tr><td class="vaLink">Terry's sore right quad isn't serious, so it's just a matter of getting past this undisclosed personal issue. Dominique Jones and Lamar Odom will get extra burn off the bench in Friday's game against the Sixers.
Feb. 16 - 2:12 p.m. ET</td></tr><tr><td class="vaLink">
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</td></tr><tr><td class="vaLink">Source: ESPN Dallas</td></tr></tbody></table>
 

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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 a game-time decision against the Bulls on Thursday.</td></tr><tr><td>
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</td></tr><tr><td class="vaLink">Garnett sat out on Wednesday despite being upgraded to probable, and the trainers wanted to ensure that his body responded well to treatment. He's headed for another true game-time call on Thursday and the decision will likely be made on his status just before tipoff. Chris Wilcox, who had 17 points and 9 rebounds on Wednesday, will draw another start if Garnett can't go.
Feb. 16 - 2:06 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>Derrick Rose - G - Bulls </td></tr><tr><td>
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</td></tr><tr><td class="bodyCopy">Derrick Rose (back) admitted that he "wasn't able to run any" at Thursday's morning shootaround.</td></tr><tr><td>
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</td></tr><tr><td class="vaLink">Rose is listed as a true game-time call for Thursday night's game against the Celtics. But top beat writer K.C. Johnson writes that "all signs point to Rose sitting for the fourth straight game with his sore lower back." We'll know the official inactives around 7 p.m. ET, but owners should have C.J. Watson at the ready.
Feb. 16 - 1:48 p.m. ET</td></tr><tr><td class="vaLink">
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</td></tr><tr><td class="vaLink">Source: Chicago Tribune</td></tr></tbody></table>
 

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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) wrote on his Twitter account that he's getting better and walking without a boot or crutches.</td></tr><tr><td>
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</td></tr><tr><td class="vaLink">Aldridge is clearly improving, but there has been no update on his playing status for Thursday's game against the Clippers. He was listed as "doubtful" for Thursday, and there has been no indication that his playing status has changed as of this time. Owners will have to check back for an update prior to tipoff, but Aldridge is clearly improving.
Feb. 16 - 1:39 p.m. ET</td></tr><tr><td class="vaLink">
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</td></tr><tr><td class="vaLink">Source: LaMarcus Aldridge on Twitter</td></tr></tbody></table>
 

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<table border="0" cellSpacing="0" cellPadding="0" width="100%"><tbody><tr><td>Monta Ellis - G - Warriors </td></tr><tr><td>
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</td></tr><tr><td class="bodyCopy">Monta Ellis (illness) said he's "feeling better" Thursday.</td></tr><tr><td>
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</td></tr><tr><td class="vaLink">Ellis said Jackson made a "great decision" to hold him out in the fourth quarter Wednesday night and wasn't being sarcastic. He got some new medicine from the doctor and said he's merely feeling body aches. We'd expect a full complement of minutes in Friday's game against the Thunder.
Feb. 16 - 6:02 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>LaMarcus Aldridge - F/C - Trail Blazers </td></tr><tr><td>
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</td></tr><tr><td class="bodyCopy">LaMarcus Aldridge (ankle) remains doubtful for Thursday's game against the Clippers.</td></tr><tr><td>
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</td></tr><tr><td class="vaLink">Aldridge is out of his walking boot and isn't using crutches, but it sounds like the Blazers are leaning toward holding their All-Star out. We'll have official word about an hour before Thursday's 10:30 p.m. ET tip.
Feb. 16 - 6:13 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>Derrick Rose - G - Bulls </td></tr><tr><td>
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</td></tr><tr><td class="bodyCopy">Derrick Rose (back) will not play in Thursday's game against the Celtics.</td></tr><tr><td>
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Feb. 16 - 6:36 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>Brook Lopez - C - Nets </td></tr><tr><td>
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</td></tr><tr><td class="bodyCopy">Brook Lopez (foot) won't play in Thursday's game against the Pacers.</td></tr><tr><td>
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Feb. 16 - 6:52 p.m. ET</td></tr><tr><td class="vaLink">
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