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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

Emmanuel Mudiay finished with 15 points (6-18 FG, 1-4 FT, 2-6 3pt), nine assists and four rebounds in 32 minutes during Sunday’s 101-96 win over the Knicks.

As is common with NBA rookies, Mudiay has been anything but consistent during his roller-coaster rookie season. However, the performance has been mostly positive from the 19-year-old rookie of late. Over the last six games, he has averaged 13.5 points, 6.7 assists, 2.3 rebounds and 1.3 steals Mudiay has contributed at least four assists in 13 consecutive games while scoring double-digit points in 11 of those.  Analysis: Nate Miller

Joffrey Lauvergne put up 12 points (5-11 FG, 2-2 FT) and 10 rebounds in 29 minutes during Sunday’s 101-96 win over the Knicks.

Lauvergne has dealt with a toe injury in recent days and offered next to nothing in terms of fantasy production, but the 6-11 center from France came off the bench for extended run Sunday afternoon and delivered in a big way for the Nuggets. Outside of the team suffering some injuries up front, it simply does not seem Lauvergne will find deliver much fantasy value anytime soon. Analysis: Nate Miller

Will Barton scored 19 points (7-12 FG, 5-6 FT) to go with 11 rebounds and five assists in 29 minutes during Sunday’s 101-96 win over the Knicks.

Barton continues to thrive off the Nuggets bench and finished off a strong week with Sundays effort. Across the last four games, the 25-year-old swingman has reached double-digit points every time out and posted two double-doubles. Overall in that span, Barton has put up per-game marks of 16.8 points, 8.3 rebounds and 2.3 assists while shooting 52.8 percent from the floor. Analysis: Nate Miller

Danilo Gallinari scored 19 points (4-13 FG, 9-10 FT, 2-7 3pt) and grabbed four rebounds in 37 minutes during Sunday’s 101-96 win over the Knicks.

Despite turning in his lowest point total in the last three games, Gallinari continues to make fantasy owners happy with his scoring. The 27-year-old forward has put up at least 15 points in 11 of the last 12 games with a low of 13. Overall during that span, Gallinari has averaged 22.8 points, 3.9 rebounds and 1.8 treys.  Analysis: Nate Miller

Carmelo Anthony scored 21 points (7-19 FG, 7-8 FT) to go with seven assists and six rebounds in 35 minutes during Sunday’s 101-96 loss to the Nuggets.

Anthony missed this past Fridays contest against the Grizzlies due to soreness in his left knee, but the 13-year veteran got back on track with a solid effort opposite his former team Sunday afternoon. He is definitely not offering much in terms of shooting efficiency these days, but the overall numbers Anthony still offers keep him among the better all-around fantasy options at his position. Analysis: Nate Miller

Kristaps Porzingis finished with 21 points (10-23 FG, 1-3 3pt), 13 rebounds and two blocks in 35 minutes during Sunday’s 101-96 loss to the Nuggets.

After absolutely disappearing in Thursdays loss at Detroit, Porzingis bounced back with a pair of strong performances. The towering rookie has combined for 38 points, 23 rebounds and eight blocks over the last two games, continuing what has been an impressive rookie campaign overall.  Analysis: Nate Miller

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

Nikola Vucevic finished with 22 points (11-19 FG), nine rebounds and two steals in 35 minutes during Sunday’s 96-94 win over the Hawks.

After his team blew a 13-point lead in the fourth quarter, Vucevic played the part of the hero in Sunday afternoons victory. With the game tied up at 94, the 25-year-old seven-footer drained a fallaway jumper at the buzzer to give Orlando the win. Vucevic has delivered yet another strong week for fantasy owners, averaging 17.8 points, 7.8 rebounds and 3.0 assists across four games. Analysis: Nate Miller

Aaron Gordon put up 11 points (3-11 FG, 5-6 FT), 13 rebounds, four assists, four blocks and two steals in 34 minutes during Sunday’s 96-94 win over the Hawks.

Gordon continues to struggle with his shooting of late, but unlike his last two efforts, he put together a tremendous all-around stat line Sunday afternoon. It is probably best to just chalk up his lackluster performances this past Wednesday and Friday to being flukes, as the young forward now has three double-doubles in the last five games and is providing standard-league production most days. Analysis: Nate Miller

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