Jimmy Butler (knee) will not play Monday and he will likely miss Wednesday's game against the Hawks.
One would think that if Jimmy Butler would be injured in the first half, his back would be sore from carrying the Bulls offense. But an MRI on his knee revealed a strain. He is already ruled out for Monday and Wednesday is more than likely a game Butler will miss as well. This is potential good news for Derrick Rose owners who will have to help provide offense with Butler potentially out for the week. Butler's status for All Star weekend is unknown, much will depend on how his knee responds to therapy this week. Analysis: Greg Jewett
Al Jefferson (knee) has begun non-contact drills.
The veteran center of the Hornets has had a tough season. First Al Jefferson injured his calf and was suspended for violating the league's substance abuse policy. After returning from the calf injury, Jefferson suffered a knee injury which required arthroscopic surgery to repair his meniscus. His surgery was right before the new year and his prognosis was a six week return. Jefferson has started to go through non-contact drills. But his age and the injury may keep him out past the original return date. Monitor the reports regarding his practice activity. Analysis: Greg Jewett
NBA will likely announce the Blake Griffin suspension before the All-Star break.
The pending suspension stems from the altercation that Griffin and a Clippers equipment manager got into while on a road trip that resulted in Griffin punching out the equipment guy and breaking his hand. There is also reports from Steve Ballmer, the team owner, that L.A. will add to the suspension the league hands out. So Blake Griffin owners are likely not to see him on the court till nearly the end of the regular season as the suspension won't take effect until he recovers from the injuries he is currently suffering from. Analysis: Matt Selz
Tyler Johnson (shoulder) said he might be done for season.
Earlier this week the 23-year-old two-guard had surgery to repair his torn rotator cuff and the recovery timeline for it puts him out for the next 2-3 months before resuming basketball drills with contact. Based on that news he is almost assuredly done for the rest of the season meaning Beno Udrih and Gerald Green will continue to see the minutes off the bench and slight increases in their value. Analysis: Matt Selz
Update: Hassan Whiteside (ankle) said he could have stayed in Sunday's game.
When the injury first happened, as Whiteside came up limping following a rebound, it didn't seem to be more than a precautionary move to take the big center out of the game. He did manage to secure a double-double in his limited play as he came off the bench behind A'mare Stoudemire. Considering Whiteside believes he could have continued to play, he should be fine for Miami's next game, though his minutes may still be on the lower end. Analysis: Matt Selz
Carmelo Anthony says he's going to rehab his knee by getting in the weight room during the All-Star break.
Melo was able to return to the Knicks lineup on Sunday and had himself a very solid game, despite the loss for New York. The plan is for him to play through it in the remaining games ahead of the break and then hit the weight room to build up strength and stability in the ailing knee. Head coach Derek Fisher believes that he will be fine long-term however if it doesn't get better and the Knicks continue to fall farther out of the playoff race in the Eastern conference, New York may have a decision on their hands. Analysis: Matt Selz
Whiteside went to the bench with an ankle injury.
Whiteside injured the ankle or foot on a rebound and came up limping a bit, so with him just recently coming back from a hip injury it's likely a precautionary move to take him out. He was effective in Sunday's loss however with a double-double off the bench behind starter A'mare Stoudemire. More updates to follow once the extent of the injury and timeframe are better known. Analysis: Matt Selz