Pau Gasol
Bulls' Pau Gasol: Set to play in All-Star Game
Pau Gasol, PF, CHI
3:20 PM
News: Gasol will replace Jimmy Butler (knee) in the All-Star Game, Yahoo's Marc J. Spears reports.

With the recent news of Butler being sidelined three-to-four weeks due to a strained left knee, commissioner Adam Silver was forced to name an Eastern Conference replacement for the All-Star Game. He went with Butler's 35-year-old teammate Gasol, who's averaging 17.0 points and 10.9 rebounds per game through 48 games played.

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Mirza Teletovic
Suns' Mirza Teletovic: Scores 17 points off bench
Mirza Teletovic, PF, PHO
3:20 PM
News: Teletovic tallied 17 points (6-12 FG, 1-4 3Pt, 4-4 FT) and one assist across 20 minutes in Monday's loss to the Thunder.

Teletovic hasn't played more than 20 minutes in any of the last three contests, but that hasn't prevented him from registering at least 15 points in each of those contests. However, because he relies so heavily on three-point production to maintain fantasy value, it's almost certain that his utility will come to an end as soon as he falls into the slightest shooting slump. During this same three-game stretch, he's compiled only six boards, one assist, one block, and no steals.

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Anthony Brown
Lakers' Anthony Brown: Likely out Wednesday
Anthony Brown, SF, LAL
3:00 PM
News: Brown (ankle) will likely be out for Wednesday's game against the Cavaliers, Eric Pincus of the Los Angeles Times reports.

Brown is nursing a sprained ankle that appears serious enough to keep him out until after the All-Star break. His next chance to return would come Feb. 19 against the Spurs, while his ankle likely wouldn't be an issue after quite a bit of rest. In his potential absence on Wednesday, Nick Young and Brandon Bass could see additional minutes off the bench.

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Richard Jefferson
Cavaliers' Richard Jefferson: Scores 10 points in win over Kings
Richard Jefferson, SF, CLE
2:20 PM
News: Jefferson scored 10 points (4-6 FG, 2-4 3Pt) and added four rebounds and a steal over 17 minutes in Monday's 120-100 win over the Kings.

Jefferson has seen his playing time rise into the teens in three straight games, but the last two contests were blowout victories for the Cavaliers. It looks like he'll play only a marginal role for the Cavs under interim coach Tyronn Lue, so he can't be trusted to regularly top 10 points.

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Omri Casspi
Kings' Omri Casspi: Scores 16 points in loss to Cavs
Omri Casspi, SF, SAC
2:00 PM
News: Casspi tallied 16 points (5-12 FG, 2-5 3Pt, 4-4 FT), six rebounds, three steals, and one assist across 29 minutes in Monday's 120-100 loss to the Cavaliers.

Casspi was denied the opportunity for increased run after Rudy Gay (ankle) was cleared to play shortly before the contest, but he still finished with his highest point total in five games. The forward isn't shooting the rock with much efficiency of late, but he's still managed to knock down at least one three-pointer in nine straight contests.

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Jae Crowder
Celtics' Jae Crowder: Dealing with high ankle sprain
Jae Crowder, SF, BOS
1:20 PM
News: Crowder revealed on Tuesday he's struggled through the past two games with a high ankle sprain, Jay King of MassLive.com reports.

Crowder cleared up what was originally a somewhat mysterious shin/ankle injury, and the severity of a high ankle sprain can explain his lack of production recently. Crowder will likely continue to play through the pain until the All-Star break, but his fantasy owners might want to limit their expectations until after the Celtics' eight days off.

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Kris Humphries
Wizards' Kris Humphries: Goes through shootaround
Kris Humphries, PF, WAS
12:40 PM
News: Humphries (knee) went through shootaround Tuesday and is expected to be available against the Knicks, J. Michael of CSN Mid Atlantic reports.

Humphries practiced for the second day in a row and it appears likely he'll snap his streak of 16 consecutive absences Tuesday night. The Minnesota product is unlikely to see an extended role, however, and he's best avoided in most fantasy formats.

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Kevin Love
Cavaliers' Kevin Love: Scores 11 points in return
Kevin Love, PF, CLE
12:20 PM
News: Love (quad) provided 11 points (2-10 FG, 2-6 3Pt, 5-6 FT), six rebounds, and two assists over 28 minutes in Monday's 120-100 win over the Kings.

Love was able to surpass the 9,000 career point plateau in his return from a one-game absence due to a quad contusion, but that was about his only highlight of his rough shooting night. Fortunately, the starting backcourt trio of Kyrie Irving, J.R. Smith, and LeBron James combined for 75 points while collectively shooting over 50 percent from the field, so Love's poor outing didn't come back to haunt the team in an easy win over the struggling Kings. Love's production should improve as he becomes further removed from the injury.

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Tim Duncan
Spurs' Tim Duncan: Ruled out vs. Heat
Tim Duncan, PF, SA
12:00 PM
News: Duncan (knee) has been ruled out for Tuesday's matchup with the Heat, Tim Reynolds of the Associated Press reports.

Duncan was initially considered questionable, but it's unlikely that he ever had much of a chance to take the floor, as Tuesday will now mark his ninth consecutive absence. San Antonio plays in Orlando on a back-to-back Wednesday night, and it would be a surprise if Duncan is active with the extended All-Star break to follow. In the veteran's absence Tuesday, expect David West and Boris Diaw to see some extra run.

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Jason Smith
Magic's Jason Smith: Scores 14 points off bench Monday
Jason Smith, PF, ORL
12:00 PM
News: Smith tallied 14 points (7-11 FG), four blocks, two steals, and one assist across 22 minutes in Monday's 117-110 overtime win over the Hawks.

Smith has popped for double-digit points in two of the Magic's last four games, but considering that the 22 minutes he received Monday were his most since Jan. 14, he's unlikely to gain much steam from here. The useful reserve big man is averaging 6.3 points, 2.4 rebounds, and 0.8 blocks over 15 minutes in 46 appearances for the Magic on the season.

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