Description: 76ers center Nerlens Noel scored a team-high 30 points during Friday's loss to the Clippers.
Insight: Noel is making a serious run at Rookie of the Year honors. He also finished with 14 rebounds, two assists, one steal, two turnovers, and shot 12-of-17 from the field and 6-of-8 from the line on the night.
Description: Pistons guard Reggie Jackson posted a triple-double during Friday's victory against the Magic.
Insight: He finished with 26 points, 11 boards, and 10 assists in just 30 minutes of action. Jackson shot 9-of-19 from the floor and 7-of-9 from the line, and also chipped in one steal, one 3-pointer, and three turnovers.
Description: The news continued to get worse for Thunder star small forward Kevin Durant, who will now undergo bone graft surgery on his right foot.
Insight: He is now officially out for the season, and will need four-to-six months to recover. That would put him on track to enter training camp healthy, but that is a major question at this point in time. Russell Westbrook's value has just risen more, if that is even possible.
Description: Timberwolves guard Kevin Martin (hamstring) did not play on Wednesday night and has been downgraded to out for Friday night as well.
Insight: He's dealing with a strained left hamstring and says he should be ready in about a week. Chase Budinger will likely start in Martin's place, and should make for an intriguing daily option after posting 22 points against the Lakers.
Description: Wizards shooting guard Bradley Beal left Wednesday's game with an ankle injury and is questionable for Friday night versus Charlotte.
Insight: The team said it didn't seem too bad after the game and he didn't have his foot in a walking boot or on crutches, so perhaps there is a chance he returns, but he's likely to be a game-time decision at best.
Description: Heat center Hassan Whiteside is doubtful for Friday's game due to a hand injury.
Insight: If Whiteside is out, Chris Andersen is next up, but he too is questionable. Udonis Haslem posted 12 points and 12 rebounds in a substitute role on Wednesday and may have to do it again on Friday.
Description: Rockets center Dwight Howard started on Wednesday against the Pelicans and came through it without incident, so we expect him back on the court Friday night.
Insight: Howard only played 16 minutes and is likely on a minutes limit after missing two months. We expect his numbers from the first game back (four points, seven rebounds) will improve dramatically over the next few games as he knocks off the rust from his game.
Description: Hornets center Al Jefferson is dealing with a sore right knee, but is probable for Friday's game against Washington.
Insight: He finished with 23 points and 10 rebounds on Wednesday, but did miss Thursday's practice. We suspect that was just extra rest and that he'll play Friday. he's averaging 17.0 ppg and 8.6 rpg this season which is down from last season's 21.8 ppg and 10.8 rpg.
Description: Bucks power forward Ersan Ilyasova had a memorable game Thursday versus Indiana.
Insight: He scored a career-high 34 points by going 12-of-14 from the field, 5-of-6 from the line, and 5-of-6 from downtown. Ilyasova also had six rebounds, two assists, two steals, and zero turnovers. Quite a night.
Description: Pistons forward Greg Monroe (knee) did not practice Thursday so figure him as doubtful for Friday against Orlando.
Insight: With nothing to play for there is no need for him to rush back. This makes Andre Drummond a top play again. Drummond has averaged 15.6 ppg and 17.8 rpg over the last five games Monroe has missed.
Description: Hawks forward/center Al Horford will likely be among the starters who gets some rest down the stretch.
Insight: The Hawks are about to clinch home court in the east. Head coach Mike Budenholzer has indicated he's going to rest his guys, so fantasy owners will have to check in just before tipoff if they are starting Hawks players.
Description: Pelicans G/F Tyreke Evans had a big night in his return to action.
Insight: Evans missed Sunday's game, but returned with 28 points, seven assists, two boards, four 3-pointers, two steals, one block, and six turnovers. He shot 10-of-15 from the floor and 4-of-4 from the line. Evans needs to be activated everywhere.
Description: Rockets guard James Harden posted a double-double during Wednesday's victory over the Pelicans.
Insight: Harden finished with 25 points and 10 assists, along with six rebounds, one steal, one block, and two turnovers. His play has undoubtedly warranted MVP honors, but the race is extremely close.
Description: Cavaliers point guard Kyrie Irving scored a team-high 24 points during Wednesday's win against the Grizzlies.
Insight: Irving shot 9-of-21 from the field and 4-of-5 from the line. He also managed three boards, two assists, two 3-pointers, two steals, and five turnovers. Irving is a borderline top-10 option in standard leagues.
Description: Heat guard Goran Dragic scored a team-high 22 points during Wednesday's win over the Celtics.
Insight: Miami need it with Dwyane Wade and Hassan Whiteside out. Dragic went 8-of-16 from the field and 4-of-6 from the line. He also chipped in seven assists, five rebounds, two 3-pointers, and four turnovers.
Description: Wizards point guard John Wall scored a team-high 34 points during Wednesday's loss versus Indiana.
Insight: He shot 11-of-21 from the field and 10-of-11 from the line. Wall also managed six assists, four boards, two 3-pointers, two steals, one block, and two turnovers. He is arguably playing the best he has all season.
Description: Raptors guard Greivis Vasquez knocked down six 3-pointers during Wednesday's loss to the Bulls.
Insight: Vasquez started in place of the injured Kyle Lowry and dropped a team-high 22 points. He shot 7-of-15 from the field and 2-of-2 from the line. Vasquez will move back to the bench once Lowry returns.
Description: Bulls shooting guard Jimmy Butler scored a team-high 23 points on very efficient shooting Wednesday night.
Insight: Butler shot 7-of-8 from the field, 7-of-9 from the line, and 2-of-3 from downtown. He also recorded five rebounds, three assists, and one turnover. Butler is a top-10 option in standard leagues.
Description: Hawks forward Paul Millsap posted a double-double during Wednesday's win over the Magic.
Insight: Millsap finished with 25 points and 11 boards, along with three assists, two 3-pointers, four blocks, one steal, and one turnover. He also shot 9-of-20 from the field and 5-of-5 from the line.
Description: Rockets point guard Patrick Beverley has a torn ligamanet in his wrist according to Yahoo Sports.
Insight: Beverley is still considering not having season-ending surgery as he will be re-evaluated in about a week, but fantasy owners in standard leagues can drop him. Jason Terry will be the Rockets starting point guard for the foreseeable future.
Description: Heat forward Michael Beasley will likely start if center Hassan Whiteside cannot play according to The South Florida Sun Sentinel.
Insight: Whiteside cut his hand on Tuesday and needed 10 stitches. Chris Andersen is also banged up with a calf injury, so by default, Beasley will start if Whiteside can't go. Beasley will be a cheap plug-in play option for daily leagues.
Description: Raptors guard Kyle Lowry will not play on Wednesday versus the Bulls.
Insight: Lowry is probably done for awhile after he returned for 11 minutes on Tuesday only to then leave the game with back spasms. He won't rush his return, so owners should not expect him to help much in the fantasy playoffs.
Description: Hornets center Al Jefferson will play on Wednesday against the Nets according to the Charlotte Observer.
Insight: It's not all good news, though as coach Steve Clifford also said he expects Jefferson's knee to be an issue the rest of the season. Fantasy owners will have to hope Charlotte stays in the playoff hunt in order to keep Jefferson in games.
Description: Pacers shooting guard Rodney Stuckey will not play on Wednesday due to a calf strain according to The Indianapolis Star.
Insight: An MRI revealed the injury on Wednesday. This is too bad as Stuckey was really starting to hit his stride with Indiana. C.J. Watson, though, scored 23 points without Stuckey in the lineup on Monday, so fantasy owners should consider taking a flier on him.
Description: Bulls coach Tom Thibodeau said forward Joakim Noah is expected to play on Wednesday versus the Raptors according to ESPN Chicago.
Insight: Taj Gibson will move to the bench if Noah does indeed play, but by no means is Noah a shoe-in to play. Chicago is very, very cautious with their stars. Nikola Mirotic will also see fewer minutes with Noah starting, but the rookie has been so good, it's hard to sit him.
Description: Magic small forward Tobias Harris will be a game-time decision on Wednesday against the Hawks according to OrlandoMagic.com.
Insight: Harris has been feeling better lately after missing the last three games with a sore ankle. His owners will want to check back Wednesday night before the game. Harris should be in fantasy lineups if he plays.
Description: Trail Blazers point guard C.J. McCollum scored a career-high 23 points off the bench in the loss to the Warriors on Tuesday.
Insight: McCollum shot 50 percent from the field, hitting three 3-pointers. He also had three steals, two assists and one rebound. With injuries decimating Portland, McCollum is worth a look in standard leagues.
Description: Warriors forward Draymond Green nearly had a triple-double on Tuesday versus the Trail Blazers.
Insight: Green had 14 points, 11 rebounds and eight assists. He also had three blocks and one 3-pointer. Golden State will play four games next week, so Green is a great pickup for the last push in the fantasy playoffs.
Description: Warriors guard Klay Thompson scored 16 points in 24 minutes on Tuesday versus the Trail Blazers.
Insight: Thompson was expected to play 25 minutes, so this doesn't come as a surprise. As owners say Tuesday, even with a minutes limit, Thompson can still score. He was 6-for-13 from the field with two rebounds, two assists, one steal and one block.
Description: Trail Blazers point guard Damian Lillard led Portland with 29 points in the loss to the Warriors on Tuesday.
Insight: Without LaMarcus Aldridge, Lillard took more than twice as many shots as any other Portland starter. He hit more 3-pointers, six, than any other starter had field goals. Lillard also had seven rebounds, five assists, one steal and one block.
Description: 76ers forward Robert Covington led the team with 21 points versus the Kings on Tuesday.
Insight: Covington was 7-for-9 from the field, hitting five 3-pointers. Unfortunately, it wasn't enough as Philadelphia lost by a point. Covington also had three rebounds, one assist, one steal and one block.
Description: Kings forward DeMarcus Cousins had a monster game with 33 points and 17 rebounds in the, 107-106, victory over the 76ers on Tuesday.
Insight: Cousins was just 8-for-27 from the field, but he did hit 17-of-19 at the foul line. He also had four blocks, four steals and three assists. Cousins is going to continue to see more DNP down the stretch, but he must be in the lineup when he plays.
Description: Heat guard Dwyane Wade led Miami with 21 points, four assists, three steals and two rebounds in the heartbreaking, 89-88, loss to the Bucks on Tuesday.
Insight: Miami had no business losing this game. The Heat led, 85-71, only to see the Bucks go on a 14-0 run to tie the game. Miami led by three with 10 seconds left with Milwaukee at the foul line. The first shot was good, but on the second attempt, there was a tie up that forced a jump ball. Milwaukee won the tip and Khris Middleton hit the game-winning 3-pointer at the buzzer. This victory gives Milwaukee some breathing space over Miami in the standings.
Description: Bucks power forward Ersan Ilyasova scored a team-high 19 points on Tuesday night.
Insight: He also had 11 boards to complete his double-double. Ilyasova shot 7-of-15 from the floor, 3-of-4 from the line, and 2-of-5 from deep, and also managed two assists, one steal, three blocks, and one turnover.
Description: Bucks forward Khris Middleton hit a crazy game-winning 3-pointer at the buzzer as Milwaukee beat, 89-88, on Tuesday.
Insight: Milwaukee trailed Miami, 85-71, but allowed just nine points in the final quarter. With about 10 seconds left, Jarryd Bayless forced a jump ball in Miami's end off of a missed free throw. Bayless won the tip, and Milwaukee then drove to the basket. The lay up was no good, but Zaza Pachulia grabbed the rebound and dished the ball to Middleton, who threw up a 3-pointer at the buzzer. It was a perfect swish. The ending was one of the most exciting this NBA season. Middleton finished with 13 points, four rebounds and two assists.