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NBA News: Player News and Updates for 10/31/13

NBA Daily Updates 10/31: Carmelo, Howard, Tonight's TV Schedule and More

October 31, 2013

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For the vast majority of the NBA, last night served as the season opener. We saw some very interesting things out there on the court during the 14-game set, and only time will tell whether or not those trends will hold throughout the season. With that in mind, let’s take a look at some of the noteworthy players out there as we get set for tonight’s two-game schedule. Here’s the latest.

Michael Carter-Williams, PG, Philadelphia 76ers: If Carter-Williams can keep this up, he’s got a very bright future in the NBA. He was the star of an opening-night victory over the Miami Heat, posting 22 points on 6-of-10 from the field in the 114-110 win. Even more impressive, he added seven rebounds, nine steals and a whopping 12 assists, nearly missing one of the rarer forms of triple-doubles. The rookie also had just one turnover, which says a lot in the face of a pretty good Miami defense.
Carter-Williams has some big shoes to fill in Philly now that Jrue Holiday is gone, but he’s starting his career out right. We’ll see what he can do for an encore tomorrow against the Wizards.

NBA News: Player News and Updates for 10/31/13

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Carmelo Anthony, SF, New York Knicks: The soon-to-be free agent Anthony started things off on the right foot last night against the Bucks, leading the Knicks to a 90-83 victory. His stat line left a little to be desired, however: 7-of-16 shooting (including 0-of-2 from three-point range) for 19 points, 10 rebounds and one assist. New York also continued their trend of lackluster third quarters, allowing Milwaukee to score 33 to their 18 and get back in the game.
Coming up tonight will be the Knicks’ first real test of the season, allowing a national audience to see how their new lineup will function against the Bulls. After that it’s a home game against Minnesota on Sunday.

Dwight Howard, C, Houston Rockets: Howard looks like he’s really enjoying life in Houston. He burst out of the gate against Charlotte last night, posting 17 points and 26 rebounds, which matches a career high. He also had two blocks, two assists and four turnovers in the 96-83 victory.
Also of note, Omer Asik notched 14 rebounds himself, and the duo’s 40 boards outpaced the entire Bobcats team.
We’ll see the Rockets again tomorrow night against Dallas.

Kevin Durant, SF, Oklahoma City Thunder: Durant’s 42 points in Utah last night came in a less-dominating fashion than you might think. He managed 22 of them from the free-throw line, going just 9-of-24 from the field to get the rest in a close 101-98 win. Durant added six rebounds, three steals and five turnovers to his final line.
The Thunder will head to Minnesota tomorrow, followed by their first home game on Sunday against the visiting Suns.

NBA Daily Schedule: There are only four teams in action tonight, but with both games being nationally televised they take on a new importance. Here’s a look at the full schedule, as well as the info on when and where you can catch the games.

Thursday, October 31, 2013:

8:00 PM ET:
New York Knicks at Chicago Bulls (TNT)

10:30 PM ET:
Golden State Warriors at L.A. Clippers (TNT)

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