The NBA has been hit hard by the serious injuries and extended absences of big-name players, so much so that it's not easy paring the list to a 12-man team heading into March. For their part, the Wizards have been down two starters all season: center Brendan Haywood (thumb) and Arenas, who has begun to step up his rehab efforts from a third knee surgery, which he underwent in September, two months after signing a six-year, $111 million contract. There is no timetable for his (or Haywood's) return.
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Tracy McGrady | Rockets guard
After struggling with a sore left knee all season, McGrady opted to have season-ending microfracture surgery Feb. 24. The 12-year veteran shot a career-low 38.8 percent from the field in 35 games this season, and his 15.6-point scoring average was his lowest since 1999-2000.
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Amar'e Stoudemire | Suns forward
One day after standing pat at the Feb. 19 trade deadline, and with eight weeks left in the regular season, the Suns announced that their All-Star power forward would be sidelined about eight weeks because of surgery to repair a partially detached retina in his right eye. That has left Phoenix to fight for a playoff spot without its leading scorer and second-leading rebounder.
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Elton Brand | 76ers forward
The $80 million man started sluggishly with his new team, missed 16 games, returned for six games as a reserve and then shut it down for good to have shoulder surgery Feb. 9.
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Andrew Bynum | Lakers center
In early February, the Western Conference leaders lost their prized 7-footer for two to three months with a torn knee ligament. In the five games before he suffered the injury at Memphis, Bynum had averaged 26.2 points, 13.8 rebounds and 3.2 blocks.
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Jameer Nelson | Magic guard
Fresh off being named to the All-Star team for the first time, Nelson's breakout season was halted when he injured his shoulder against Dallas on Feb. 2. Nelson had season-ending surgery for a torn labrum Feb. 19, the same day Orlando acquired his replacement, Rafer Alston, in a trade with Houston.
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Al Jefferson | Timberwolves center
The fifth-year center's All-Star-worthy season (23.1 points, 11 rebounds) ended when he tore his right ACL at New Orleans on Feb. 8.
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Michael Redd | Bucks guard
Redd sustained torn ligaments in his left knee against Sacramento on Jan. 24, leaving Milwaukee without its leading scorer and one of the NBA's best perimeter shooters.
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Andrew Bogut | Bucks center
Less than two weeks after Michael Redd's ACL tear, Milwaukee's starting center was lost for at least two months with a stress fracture in his back. Bogut, the No. 1 pick in the 2005 draft, who signed a five-year, $60 million deal last offseason, was averaging 11.7 points and 10.3 rebounds.
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Jason Terry | Mavericks guard
The Jet had established himself as the Sixth Man Award front-runner when he broke his left hand against Sacramento on Feb. 10. Terry, averaging 19.9 points, was expected to return in early March.
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Chris Kaman | Clippers center
Kaman has been out since late November with plantar fasciitis in his left foot, one of many reasons the Clippers are challenging for the NBA's worst record. The 7-footer, who averaged career highs of 15.7 points and 12.7 rebounds last season, could return in March.
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Monta Ellis | Warriors guard
The explosive scorer missed the first half of the season after having offseason ankle surgery following a moped accident. Ellis returned to play 13 games before needing time off to rest his sore left ankle.
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