Description: Suns swingman P.J. Tucker has indeed been suspended for Wednesday's game against Cleveland. SOURCE: Paul Coro, Arizona Republic
Insight: Tucker (9.4 ppg, 6.6 rpg) took a swing at Blake Griffin on Monday and the league has rules against that sort of thing. It's a huge break for Gerald Green (15.7 ppg), who was probably headed back to the bench with Eric Bledsoe (torn meniscus) set to return from a two-month absence.
Description: Milwaukee forward Ersan Ilyasova (ankle) will not play Tuesday, according to the Bucks on Twitter.
Insight: Ilyasova has picked up his play as of late, averaging 15 points and 7.6 rebounds over his last nine games, but he'll have to miss his 14th game of the season Tuesday. John Henson will start for the Bucks and should be in all lineups.
Description: The Cavaliers will gradually increase center Anderson Varejao's minutes, according to news-herald.com.
Insight: Varejao missed 12 games due to a back injury and played nine minutes in his return Sunday. With Anthony Bennett out at least three weeks with a knee injury, the Cavs will be able to give Spencer Hawes and Varejao enough minutes to make both players solid fantasy options.
Description: Bobcats guard Gerald Henderson (calf) thinks he'll be ready to play Wednesday against Washington, according to Rick Bonnell of the Charlotte Observer.
Insight: Henderson (14.6 ppg, 4.1 rpg, 2.6 apg) missed the last five games with a strained calf, but he practiced Tuesday. Chris Douglas-Roberts has averaged 29.9 minutes, 12.4 points, 3.8 rebounds, 2.4 threes and 1.8 steals over the last five games while Gary Neal has put up 11.2 points, 2.2 rebounds, 2.2 assists and 1.6 threes per game in that same timeframe, but both will have their minutes cut when Henderson returns.
Description: Washington F/C Kevin Seraphin (knee) is expected to return to action Wednesday, according to J. Michael of csnwashington.com.
Insight: Seraphin was a full participant in Tuesday's practice after missing the last seven games. With Nene out with a knee injury until next month, Seraphin will split time at power forward and backup center with Trevor Booker and Drew Gooden.
Description: Clippers guard Darren Collison continues to post big numbers with Jamal Crawford out of the lineup.
Insight: Collison is averaging 18.0 ppg, 2.3 rpg, 4.0 apg, 1.8 spg over the past six games. Crawford has missed four of the past five games and apparently came back too soon from his calf injury and could miss more time.
Description: Suns center Miles Plumlee took two games to return to form after returning from a knee injury. On Monday he scored 12 points and hauled down nine rebounds with a pair of blocks in 26 minutes of action.
Insight: Plumlee (8.6 ppg, 8.2 rpg) had played just 10 minutes in his first game on Sunday. His Monday numbers are encouraging and he should be watched to see if he can consistently reach those totals.
Description: Trail Blazers center Joel Freeland sprained his right MCL Tuesday on Feb 11. and was supposed to be back in 4-6 weeks, but he doesn't appear to be near a return, according to a csnnw.com report.
Insight: Freeland's absence has freed up a few more minutes for starter Robin Lopez, who is averaging 11.5 ppg and 9.7 rpg over the past 11 games. Meyers Leonard has averaged 9 mpg in Freeland's absence.
Description: Sixers coach Brett Brown thinks practicing 5-on-5 by the end of the season is a realistic goal for Nerlens Noel (knee), according to beat writer Chris Vito.
Insight: Noel hasn't played since tearing his ACL at the University of Kentucky over a year ago, but a tweet he sent out Sunday indicated that he was targeting April 4 for a return. However, Brown's comments Tuesday suggest that the center won't be back this season.
Description: Toronto point guard Kyle Lowry almost had his second triple-double in as many nights Monday versus Brooklyn.
Insight: Lowry generated 21 points, eight rebounds and seven assists. The night before against Minnesota, he had 20 points, 12 boards and 11 dimes. He's logged at least 35 minutes in seven of his last eight games.
Description: Sixers guard Michael Carter-Williams produced his second career triple-double Monday in a loss to New York.
Insight: Carter-Williams finished with 23 points, 13 boards and ten assists. As bad as the 76ers have been lately (17 straight losses), Carter-Williams is still a leading candidate for Rookie of the Year.
Description: Phoenix guard Eric Bledsoe won't be available Monday against the Clippers but he's still hoping to play Wednesday versus Cleveland. Bledsoe has been out since tearing his meniscus in late December. SOURCE: Paul Coro, Arizona Republic
Insight: Gerald Green has been a stud in Bledsoe's absence, averaging 18.7 ppg in 31 games since January 1st. We'll see how those two co-exist Wednesday when Bledsoe makes his long-awaited return.
Description: Suns center Miles Plumlee will draw the start Monday against Los Angeles.
Insight: Plumlee (8.5 ppg, 8.2 rpg) returned from a knee injury Sunday versus Golden State but he came off the bench and only played ten minutes. Rookie Alex Len averaged 5.0 ppg on 45.5 percent shooting during his three-game stint in the starting lineup.
Description: Los Angeles forward Jared Dudley will miss his third game in a row Monday against Phoenix. SOURCE: Dan Woike, Orange County Register
Insight: Dudley's back is still giving him problems. Hedo Turkoglu (2.6 ppg, 2.7 rpg) and Danny Granger (8.1 ppg) will continue to backup starter Matt Barnes (9.0 ppg, 4.4 rpg) at the small forward position.
Description: Nets center Kevin Garnett was a last minute scratch Monday against Toronto. SOURCE: The Record
Insight: This will be the sixth game that he's missed with back spasms. Garnett (6.7 ppg, 6.7 rpg) was replaced in the starting lineup by Mason Plumlee. We'll see if Garnett is ready to go Wednesday against Miami.
Description: Miami guard Dwyane Wade will play Monday against Washington despite it being the second game of a back-to-back. SOURCE: Shandel Richardson, South Florida Sun Sentinel
Insight: The Heat are back home after dropping three straight on the road to Chicago, San Antonio and Houston. Wade (19.2 ppg) averaged 37.7 mpg in those contests and should see another heavy workload on Monday.
Description: Cavs forward Anthony Bennett suffered a strained left patellar tendon and will miss about three weeks. SOURCE: NBA.com
Insight: Bennett (4.1 ppg, 2.9 rpg) has shown some flashes of talent, but not enough to get the attention of fantasy owners. Spencer Hawes and Tristan Thompson will start at center and power forward for the forseeable future with Anderson Varejao and Tyler Zeller as the two backups.
Description: Milwaukee shooting guard O.J. Mayo is probable for Monday's game against Orlando after serving his one-game suspension.
Insight: Mayo is averaging 11.8 ppg, 2.4 rpg, 2.2 apg in a nightmare season for the 26-year-old. They are the worst numbers of his career and he's having to endure it with a team that has won a league-worst 12 games.
Description: Nets PF/SF Paul Pierce hurt his shoulder again in the first half Sunday against Sacramento and is questionable for Monday's game against Toronto.
Insight: He's been dealing with a sore shoulder and apparently aggravated it in the first minute of the game. With Pierce out, veteran Andrei Kirilenko played at the PF spot, but he too was injured and will be questionable for Monday.
Description: Nets PF/C Kevin Garnett (back spasms) missed Sunday's game and is questionable for Monday's game against Toronto.
Insight: Garnett's averaging career low numbers (6.7 ppg, 6.7 rpg) and even when he returns, coach Jason Kidd has said he will not play a lot of minutes. Andray Blatche has averaged 13.6 ppg and 5.6 rpg while Garnett has been sidelined.
Description: Boston PF/C Kris Humphries had one of his best games of the season Sunday against Detroit (20 points, 11 rebounds, two steals, two blocks).
Insight: He's actually been seeing a lot of minutes lately (26.5 mpg over his last four appearances). With that said, Humphries had just nine points combined in his previous two outings and can't be relied on for consistent fantasy production. He's unlikely to be back with the Celtics next season.
Description: LaMarcus Aldridge led Portland with 28 points Sunday in a loss at Houston.
Insight: Aldridge didn't shoot the ball particularly well (just 10-of-27) but he still managed to eclipse his season average of 23.6 ppg. He's averaged 29 ppg since his terrible 1-for-13 outing against the Hawks earlier this week.
Description: Houston shooting guard James Harden went ballistic Sunday against Portland.
Insight: Harden's three-pointer with eight seconds left forced overtime. Overall, he finished with 41 points, ten rebounds, six assists and six steals in 47 minutes. He'll have one night to rest before Tuesday's matchup with OKC.
Description: Denver forward Kenneth Faried contributed 22 points and 14 rebounds Sunday against New Orleans.
Insight: Faried has been on a mission this month. In five March games, the 24-year-old has averaged 21.4 ppg on 64.6 percent shooting. He's posted 10.6 rpg during that same stretch. Faried should be starting in all leagues until further notice.
Description: New Orleans power forward Anthony Davis continued his scoring tear with 32 points Sunday in a win against Denver. He also had 17 rebounds and six blocked shots.
Insight: By doing so, Davis became the first Pelican to ever record at least 30 points, 15 boards and five blocks in one game. He's a special player with MVP potential. Fantasy owners who got Davis on the cheap after his so-so rookie season should consider themselves extremely lucky.
Description: Nerlens Noel hinted on his Twitter account that his Sixers debut could come April 4th against Boston.
Insight: Noel hasn't played since tearing his ACL at the University of Kentucky over a year ago. He's not a big time scorer but when healthy, Noel can be a dominant shot blocker. When Noel comes back, he'll likely be on a minutes limit.
Description: Sacramento center DeMarcus Cousins had everything working Sunday against Brooklyn.
Insight: His teammates didn't (the Kings lost by 15) but that's a different story. Boogie totaled 28 points and 20 rebounds though it would have been better without the six turnovers he committed. Cousins' streak of 20-point games is now at five in a row.
Description: Detroit center Andre Drummond (18 points, 22 rebounds) recorded his 45th double-double of the season Sunday against the Celtics.
Insight: All three of Detroit's starting front court players had double-doubles on Sunday. Drummond has collected 16 rpg over his last six contests. His 13.1 rpg average this season is third in the league behind DeAndre Jordan (13.9 rpg) and Kevin Love (13.2 rpg).
Description: Detroit forward Greg Monroe meant business Sunday against Boston.
Insight: Monroe chipped in with 22 points on 8-of-15 shooting. He was active on the boards as well, corralling 15 rebounds in 39 minutes of action. The 23-year-old out of Georgetown has delivered 23 ppg and 12 rpg over his last three appearances.
Description: Josh Smith jump-started the Pistons' offense with 28 points Sunday against Boston.
Insight: Smith has always been in love with three-pointers for no apparent reason but tonight, he actually made a few of them (3-of-6). The Pistons have been awful lately, losing seven of their last eight contests. Fortunately for fantasy owners, Smith has averaged 20.8 ppg during that span.
Description: Celtics C/PF Kelly Olynyk was productive Sunday in a win against Detroit.
Insight: Olynyk (7.6 ppg, 4.9 rpg) put up 18 points in 18 minutes, giving him a point per minute. He also added six rebounds and two assists. He's been a pleasant surprise for the Celtics and should have a chance to make the All-Rookie team.
Description: Boston guard Rajon Rondo was feeling generous Sunday in a win against the Pistons (18 assists in 33 minutes).
Insight: That's a season-high for Rondo and his most assists in a game since November 17, 2012 (20 against Toronto). The four-time All-Star has registered a double-double in four of his last six games.
Description: Celtics forward Jeff Green was on target Sunday against Detroit.
Insight: Green blew up for 27 points on 11-for-19 shooting. At one point, he was 5-of-9 from deep though he came up empty on his last three attempts. He's averaged 18.3 ppg in four appearances this month.
Description: Nets forward Andrei Kirilenko suffered a sprained ankle Sunday in a win against Sacramento. SOURCE: Tim Bontemps, New York Post
Insight: The injury forced him to miss most of the second half. If Paul Pierce (shoulder) and Kirilenko (five points in 18 minutes) are both out Monday against Toronto, the Nets may have to start four guards with Mason Plumlee as the lone frontcourt player.
Description: Nets PF/SF Paul Pierce hurt his shoulder in the first half Sunday against Sacramento. He will not be returning. SOURCE: Newsday
Insight: The injury happened pretty early on so Pierce was only able to put up two points before leaving. With Pierce out, Brooklyn will now turn to veteran Andrei Kirilenko (5.6 ppg) at the four spot.
Description: Kevin Durant's triple-double Sunday against the Lakers was his third of the season.
Insight: Durant's monster box score (27 points, ten rebounds, 12 assists) doesn't tell the whole story as he actually committed a few costly turnovers and missed several important free throws down the stretch. He'll hope to eliminate some of those mistakes Tuesday when the Thunder host Houston.
Description: Lakers guard Jodie Meeks came out of nowhere to score 42 points Sunday in an upset win over OKC.
Insight: Meeks shot the lights out, connecting on 11 of his 18 field goal attempts including 6-of-11 from long range. He also helped defensively by providing four steals. The 42 points represents a new career-high for the five-year veteran.
Description: Joakim Noah's incredible hot streak continued Sunday in a win against Miami.
Insight: Playing with a sprained thumb, Noah went off for 20 points, 12 boards, seven assists and five blocked shots. No fantasy center offers as wide a skill set as Noah. He has singlehandedly turned Chicago's season around in the absence of Derrick Rose (torn meniscus) and Luol Deng (traded to Cleveland).
Description: Nets PF/C Kevin Garnett (back spasms) will miss yet another game Sunday, according to Tim Bontemps of the New York Post.
Insight: It's his fifth straight game out of the lineup. Mason Plumlee has started in his place the last four games, but Andray Blatche has benefited more from Garnett's absence with averages of 24.5 minutes, 13.3 points, 6.3 rebounds, 1.8 assists, 1.8 steals and 1.0 blocks during the last four.
Description: Los Angeles PF/C Jordan Hill (knee) will not play Sunday, according to Mike Trudell of lakers.com.
Insight: Hill is dealing with knee soreness and will miss his fifth straight game. Ryan Kelly will start at power forward after delivering 24 points and 11 rebounds Friday night, while Wesley Johnson will move to small forward and Kent Bazemore to the bench.
Description: Lakers swingman Nick Young (knee) will sit out for the eighth straight game Sunday against the Thunder, according to Dave McMenamin of ESPN.
Insight: Young (16.8 ppg) suffered a non-displaced fracture in his knee on Feb. 5 and missed the next six games before returning on Feb. 23. He obviously returned too soon the first time. The swingman will try to practice this week to test his knee. His return will complicate Los Angeles' wing rotation, as Mike D'Antoni will have to find minutes for Jodie Meeks, Wesley Johnson, Kent Bazemore, Xavier Henry and Young.
Description: Los Angeles guard Jamal Crawford (calf) said he returned too soon from his injury and will miss Monday's game, according to Arash Markazi of ESPN.
Insight: Crawford played just 10 minutes in his return Saturday after missing three games with a left calf strain. He said he needs to strengthen the calf before attempting another comeback. Darren Collison will continue to start after averaging 33.6 minutes, 17.6 points, 4.0 assists, 2.6 rebounds, 1.8 steals and 1.8 threes his last five games.
Description: Make it 23 games in a row with 20+ points for Blake Griffin after he had 27 Saturday in the Clippers' win over the Hawks.
Insight: Griffin has the Clippers record for most consecutive 20-point games. The power forward's game has soared to new heights this season and he has produced 26.8 ppg, 9.3 rpg, 3.9 apg and 1.1 spg over his last 39 games.
Description: Los Angeles center DeAndre Jordan has 33 double-doubles in 64 games this season after putting up just 12 in 82 games last season.
Insight: Jordan leads the NBA with 13.9 rebounds per game and a .663 field-goal percentage. Andre Drummond is the next closest player in field-goal percentage and he's shooting 61.7 percent. Throw in 10.3 ppg, 2.4 bpg and 1.0 spg and you have yourself a top-15 fantasy center despite his putrid .457 free-throw percentage.
Description: Atlanta center Pero Antic played 30 minutes and had 16 points, six rebounds, three triples and two steals Saturday in his first start since Jan. 22.
Insight: Antic missed six weeks due to a stress fracture in his ankle before returning off the bench on March 5. He has averaged 23.6 minutes, 11.5 points, 5.4 rebounds and 2.1 threes in 11 games since becoming the starting center on Jan. 3. Elton Brand and Mike Scott both saw less than 20 minutes Saturday night.
Description: Spurs forward Kawhi Leonard has averaged 31.3 minutes, 14.8 points, 6.3 rebounds, 2.8 steals, 2.2 assists, 1.7 threes and 1.7 blocks in six games since he returned from a broken hand.
Insight: Leonard had 17 points, seven boards, four assists, two steals and two blocks Saturday against the Magic and is finally exhibiting the star play he displayed in the playoffs last season. Part of the problem before Leonard's injury was opportunity, as he averaged 28.6 minutes per game in his first 41 games.
Description: Bucks swingman Giannis Antetokounmpo has averaged just 6.4 ppg on .346 shooting his last 14 games.
Insight: Antetokounmpo's minutes have dipped to 22.6 per game over his last five games and he has scored single-digit points in four straight. The 19-year-old has loads of potential but won't realize it this season, especially when the Bucks are more concerned with getting minutes to Khris Middleton and Nate Wolters.
Description: Magic small forward Moe Harkless had 12 points, 10 rebounds, two assists, two steals and a block in 36 minutes Saturday at San Antonio.
Insight: Harkless has received extended playing time lately due to injuries, first to Arron Afflalo and now to Victor Oladipo, and has averaged 36 minutes, 14.3 points, 5.0 rebounds, 1.8 steals, 1.7 threes and 1.2 blocks in six games.
Description: Philadelphia point guard Michael Carter-Williams has made just 21-of-72 (.292) from the field over his last five games.
Insight: MCW's shooting percentage slipped under 40 percent for the season during this recent slump. He made just 2-of-13 from the field and had four points Saturday against the Jazz, though he did add nine assists, seven rebounds and five steals.
Description: Jazz center Enes Kanter had a 13-10 double-double Saturday against Philadelphia.
Insight: The Jazz have given Kanter 26.6 minutes per game over his last 20 games and he has recorded 14.1 ppg and 7.1 rpg in that span. However, he doesn't provide much in the assist, block and steal categories.
Description: Jazz guard Alec Burks has scored double-digit points in 14 straight games and 23 of his last 26.
Insight: Burks has been good for 16.3 points, 3.4 rebounds, 2.8 assists and 0.8 steals per game over his last 26 games despite coming off the bench in 21 of them. He had 19 points (three threes), two assists and two steals Saturday against the Sixers.
Description: Knicks power forward Amare Stoudemire had 17 points, 12 rebounds, four assists and three blocks in 28 minutes Saturday at Cleveland.
Insight: The 31-year-old has averaged 26.6 minutes, 16.2 points, 6.6 rebounds and 1.2 blocks over his last five games. It's only a matter of time before Stoudemire's knees start bothering him again, so enjoy this production while it lasts.
Description: Cavaliers center Spencer Hawes filled up the box score with 21 points, 10 rebounds, four threes, three assists, three blocks and a steal in 36 minutes Saturday against the Knicks.
Insight: In nine games since joining the Cavaliers, Hawes has delivered 15.2 ppg, 9.6 rpg, 2.2 3pg, 2.1 apg and 1.3 bpg. Anderson Varejao returned from a 12-game absence Saturday, but he's expected to come off the bench indefinitely while he works his way back from multiple injuries.
Description: New York center Tyson Chandler has pulled down double-digit rebounds in 11 consecutive games.
Insight: Chandler produced up double-digit points in seven of those 11, including Saturday when he had 15 points and 11 boards at Cleveland. After missing a lot of time in the first half of the season due to a fractured leg, Chandler has quietly posted 10.3 ppg, 12.1 rpg and 1.3 bpg his last 25 games.
Description: Atlanta center Pero Antic will start at center Saturday, according to Chris Vivlamore of the Atlanta Journal-Constitution.
Insight: Antic missed six weeks due to a stress fracture in his ankle before returning from the last two and averaging 16.5 minutes, 10 points, 3.0 rebounds and 2.0 threes. This is shaping up to be a three-way split between Antic, Elton Brand and Mike Scott.
Description: Atlanta forward Paul Millsap (knee bruise) will start Saturday, according to Chris Vivlamore of the Atlanta Journal-Constitution.
Insight: After missing five games with a bruised knee, Millsap returned Friday and played 24 minutes. He'll have no issue playing Saturday even though it's a back-to-back. Mike Scott and Darren Collison saw more playing time while Millsap was out.
Description: Los Angeles guard Jamal Crawford (calf) will play Saturday against the Hawks, according to Dan Woike of the Orange County Register.
Insight: Crawford (19.0 ppg) missed the last three games, and he'll come off the bench in his return after starting his last nine games. Crawford has averaged nine fewer minutes per game in his 37 games off the bench than in his 23 games as a starter. Los Angeles will stick with Darren Collison (19 ppg, 4.0 apg, 2.0 spg, 2.0 3pg last four games) at shooting guard for now.
Description: Bucks PF/C Ekpe Udoh (knee) will not play Saturday, according to Matt Velazquez of the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel.
Insight: Udoh (3.7 ppg, 3.9 rpg, 1.1 bpg) put up some shots prior to the game, but he isn't ready to return. He has played just one game (15 minutes) since late January due to a knee injury and isn't worth holding, especially with Jeff Adrien averaging 21.4 minutes, 9.1 points, 9.0 rebounds and 0.9 blocks in seven games since he joined the Bucks.
Description: Washington G/F Martell Webster will play Saturday after missing the last two games due to back spams.
Insight: Webster averaged 32.9 minutes, 13.1 points, 4.6 rebounds, 2.4 threes, 2.0 assists and 1.0 steals over his first 22 games, but has generated just 9.0 points, 2.3 rebounds, 1.8 treys, 1.0 assists and 0.4 steals in 26.4 minutes per game his last 35.
Description: Washington F/C Kevin Seraphin (knee) will not play Saturday, according to the Wizards on Twitter.
Insight: Seraphin will miss his sixth straight game. Trevor Booker has been starting, but his playing time was cut down Wednesday to give more minutes to Drew Gooden, who had 12 points and three rebounds in 19 minutes.
Description: Magic PF/C Kyle O'Quinn will move into the starting lineup for a game Saturday against the Spurs, according to John Denton of orlandomagic.com.
Insight: The Magic are trying to match up with the Spurs by playing a big lineup. Tobias Harris will come off the bench and Moe Harkless will start at small forward with Victor Oladipo (sore ankle) out. O'Quinn has averaged 20.3 minutes, 8.5 points, 7.4 rebounds, 1.4 blocks and 1.0 steals over his last eight games. Orlando will probably still find a way to get Harris 30 minutes Saturday.