Jrue Holiday will be 'out indefinitely' with a stress fracture in his right tibia, the Pelicans announced on Friday. He's the latest casualty in a league-wide injury epidemic which has claimed over 1/3 of the NBA's starting PGs. Brian Roberts should immediately step into a bigger role and deserves a close look for any owners in need of a PG. He may not hand out pure-PG levels of assists and doesn't get many steals, but should offer enough points, 3s and dimes for temporary value. And although his per-36 numbers and what I've seen of him on the court make me view him more as a 'scoring PG', he did average double-digit dimes in a handful of starts last year. Eric Gordon (whom to nobody's surprise the Pelicans are actively trying to trade) will also have the ball in his hands more often, and Tyreke Evans' ability to manage the offense becomes even more critical in the wake of Holiday's diagnosis. If only Adam Silver could hit 'Pause' on the season for a few weeks...
Eric Bledsoe dominated injury news on Thursday, unfortunately, as the Suns determined that he'll need surgery on his right knee. He was originally out with a 'sprain' but now the diagnosis is a torn lateral meniscus. We won't know the extent of the injury until the surgery takes place, so owners should simply hang onto him while we await an update and a timetable for his return. Gerald Green needs to be owned in his absence, however long that might be, while Goran Dragic also gets a default boost as the Suns' go-to guard. (UPDATE: Bledsoe had surgery on Friday and the Suns were exceedingly vague about his timetable, saying that he'll "pursue a possible return to action during the second half of this NBA season." That's not encouraging for fantasy owners but there isn't a 'yes' or 'no' answer as to whether you should cut him outright...the decision hinges largely upon your team's position, league size and settings).
UPDATE: Gordon Hayward (hip) is a game-time decision on Friday.
Tony Allen is out 1-2 weeks with a small fracture in his hand and/or a Grade-2 sprain in his wrist. Both injuries are to his non-shooting hand.
Shawn Marion will sit out Friday's game with rib and shoulder injuries. He's day-to-day.
Deron Williams' balky ankles will keep him out Friday and Saturday, and there's a growing sentiment that he'll also sit out Wednesday's game in London. It makes sense, as the Nets have multiple days off before and after their trip overseas.
Patrick Beverley (fractured hand) is hoping to beat his original timetable and he could be back in late January.
Chandler Parsons is bothered by a sore and tight hamstring, a sore knee, and a new injury to his calf, leaving him very iffy to play on Friday. (UPDATE: He's now officially listed as 'doubtful'.)
John Jenkins remains out indefinitely with leg and back pain stemming from nerve damage.
Rajon Rondo (ACL surgery) remains without a return date, and it looks like owners will have to wait until February to see him in uniform. There was some buzz about Rondo possibly doing a rehab stint with the Celtics’ D-League affiliate, the Maine Red Claws, but thus far nothing has come of it. As someone who lives in the Claws’ home town of Portland, Maine, I’m really hoping that it happens.
Michael Kidd-Gilchrist practiced this week and the Bobcats hope to activate him for Tuesday’s game, on Jan. 14.
Joakim Noah was sick during Thursday’s practice but Tom Thibodeau said he’ll be ‘fine’ for Friday’s game. (UPDATE: Joakim is indeed ready to go.)
Mike Dunleavy hyperextended his elbow during the Bulls’ last game but he practiced Thursday and there’s been no indication that he might sit out.
Carlos Boozer was also able to practice on his sore knee, and he’ll be in uniform vs. the Bucks unless he suffers a setback. (UPDATE: Boozer confirmed that he's ready to go.)
Jarrett Jack (back spasms) is expected to be in uniform on Friday, returning the Cavaliers’ backcourt to full health. The Cavs are just two games behind the Nets for the East’s eighth playoff seed, and with Luol Deng in the fold I won’t be surprised if they make the cut.
The Nuggets simply haven’t been giving updates for JaVale McGee (leg) and Danilo Gallinari (knee). Both guys remain ‘out indefinitely’.
Greg Smith (knee) could return on Friday but he’s been unable to stay healthy this season and doesn’t have fantasy value while Dwight Howard and Terrence Jones are healthy.
Lance Stephenson bruised his knee this week but the injury isn’t serious and he’ll be in uniform vs. the Wizards on Friday.
Chris Paul’s diagnosis with a Grade-3 sprained shoulder remains the same – he was ruled out “up to six weeks” on Jan. 5, so a return in early- to mid-February can be expected.
J.J. Redick (wrist) is probable to play on Friday, while Reggie Bullock (ankle) also expects to be in the lineup. Redick should be owned in all 12-team and 10-team leagues.
For the Lakers, Xavier Henry (knee) could return within a week, Jordan Farmar (hamstring) is out at least three more weeks, and both Steve Blake (elbow) and Steve Nash (nerves) are probably closer to a month away. Blake had been targeting a January return, but now he’ll be re-evaluated on February 1. Kobe Bryant (left knee) has been riding a stationary bike and remains out until at least early February.
Marc Gasol (sprained MCL) has been cleared for ‘light work’ but he’s still not practicing and has no firm return date.
Ersan Ilyasova is day-to-day after missing the past few practices with a ‘sore right hand’, just the latest injury in his disappointing season.
John Henson (ankle) was able to practice on Thursday, fortunately, and he’s questionable to return from his high-ankle sprain vs. Chicago on Friday.
Ryan Anderson (neck) remains out indefinitely with a herniated disc. There’s really no way to know how long he’ll need to recover, but for sanity’s sake his fantasy owners should consider him ‘week-to-week’ while hoping for a speedy recovery.
Russell Westbrook (knee surgery) has been doing some light workouts and said that he’s not putting any stock in OKC’s original timetable for his return. Still, a return in January seems unlikely considering he’s already had multiple surgeries and the last thing anyone wants is yet another setback.
Manu Ginobili (hamstring) is hopeful to return on Sunday.
Carl Landry (hip) went through some 3-on-3 scrimmages recently but reportedly he’s still “a few weeks away” from playing.
Nikola Vucevic (concussion) is out for the remainder of Orlando’s road trip. He’s back in Florida resting and is likely to miss around a week. He’ll need to pass the league’s concussion testing before being cleared.
Arnett Moultrie (ankle) hopes to make his season debut on Wednesday. The Sixers can certainly use frontcourt help but Moultrie is best left alone in standard fantasy leagues.