NBA news roundup: Eric Bledsoe out indefinitely, Deron Williams out at least 2 more games

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Suns guard Eric Bledsoe is out indefinitely, while Nets guard Deron Williams will miss at least the next two games.

In the latest in a long line of point guard injuries, Eric Bledsoe will be out indefinitely for the Phoenix Suns. The team doesn't yet know the severity of the injury, but he will reportedly have surgery to repair cartilage in his right knee, per Marc Stein of

Bledsoe has missed the last four games with what the Suns were calling a knee sprain, and the Suns have gone 2-2 in that span. This is obviously a huge blow for the 21-13 Phoenix squad that has surpassed every expectation this season. Bledsoe has averaged 18 points, 5.8 assists and 4.2 rebounds alongside Goran Dragic in the backcourt.

Gerald Green has started in Bledsoe's place, and the Suns recently signed combo guard Leandro Barbosa, who will surely see increased minutes in Bledsoe's absence.

Deron Williams out for Nets' next two games

Brooklyn Nets point guard Deron Williams will miss the team's games on Friday against the Miami Heat and Saturday against the Toronto Raptors, via Tim Bontemps of the New York Post. It is unclear at this point whether he will accompany his teammates when they head to London, England, for a game on Thursday against the Atlanta Hawks.

Williams has missed 13 games this season and got a cortisone shot and platelet-rich plasma injections in both of his ankles on Tuesday. Brooklyn has won four games in a row, including two without Williams. Shaun Livingston will continue to play the bulk of the point guard minutes.

Stephen Curry passes Chris Paul in all-star voting

Golden State Warriors guard Stephen Curry would be a starter in the All-Star Game if the voting ended today. The third returns came in on Thursday and Curry had climbed to 667,372 votes, compared to the Los Angeles Clippers' Chris Paul's 651,073 votes. Paul had previously trailed only the Los Angeles Lakers' Kobe Bryant among Western Conference guards.

The perception of Curry has come a long way since he was snubbed from the game entirely last season.

Rockets reportedly interested in Mike Dunleavy

The Houston Rockets have Chicago Bulls swingman Mike Dunleavy on their wish list, according to Sam Amick of USA Today. While the Rockets have yet to initiate a conversation about Dunleavy, they will explore the situation before February's trade deadline.

Houston is currently fifth in the West and could use some help on the perimeter. Chicago got good value when it signed Dunleavy to a two-year, $6.5 million deal in July, but he might no longer fit into the Bulls' long-term plans.

Mike D'Antoni, quote machine

Los Angeles Lakers head coach Mike D'Antoni was in fine form at Thursday's practice, joking with reporters at every opportunity. Here's D'Antoni on his team's defensive struggles:

On injured point guard Jordan Farmar:

On whether the team, which has lost nine of its last 10 games, sees things getting any easier:

And then there's this:

The 2013-2014 Los Angeles Lakers: They might not win much, but at least they're entertaining.

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