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NBA News: Player News and Updates for 11/2/13

NBA Daily Updates 11/2: Howard, 2-0 Timberwolves, Tonight's TV Schedule and More

November 2, 2013

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Last night was a busy one in the NBA, so there’s plenty to talk about this morning as we assess the stats and on-court play. We’ve got another eight games coming our way today, so before we get settled in for tip-off, let’s take a closer look at some of the noteworthy names out there who are making headlines this morning. Here’s the latest.

Dwight Howard, C, Houston Rockets: The Rockets are sitting at 2-0, and they’re likely very happy that they spent the money on Howard this off-season. The big man helped them to a 113-105 victory over the Mavericks last night, posting 13 points and 16 rebounds in his second double-double of the young season. Howard is off to a fast start in the one category the Rockets need him for: rebounds. He’s got 42 already. Combined with C Omer Asik’s penchant for grabbing boards, that’s a lot of ball control right there. Houston will be in action again tonight in Utah.

NBA News: Player News and Updates for 11/2/13

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Kevin Love, PF, Minnesota Timberwolves: Love is off to a quick start already, which is nice to see given his injury issues over the past year or so. He’s got two double-doubles himself, thanks to his 24-point, 12-rebound performance in a dominating 100-81 win over the Thunder last night. Love’s line included a 3-of-5 mark from three-point range.
Also of note was G Ricky Rubio, who nabbed a double-double of his own with 14 points and 10 assists.
Minnesota will head to New York to face the Knicks tomorrow night in what should be a pretty good game.

Paul Pierce, SF, Brooklyn Nets: The NBA season is only a few days old, but we’re already seeing some interesting rivalries taking shape. Pierce helped the Nets get their first victory over the Heat in the last 14 games, thwarting a late rally and posting 19 points with six assists in the 101-100 win. G Joe Johnson also managed 19 points on 6-of-8 shooting, including a perfect 2-for-2 mark from downtown.
The Nets play tomorrow night in Orlando, but to be honest we’re looking past the next few games toward the looming matchup against the Pacers next Saturday. The East is going to be all sorts of fun this year.

Tony Parker, PG, San Antonio Spurs: The Spurs overcame a 16-point first quarter against the Lakers to ultimately take the victory 91-85. With Tim Duncan out, Parker had to shoulder an extra load, and he came through with a 24-point (12-of-18 shooting), six-assist performance. Kawhi Leonard also helped out in a big way, posting 15 points and 11 rebounds.
The 2-0 Spurs will remain on the road this evening, heading up to Portland for a matchup with the Trail Blazers. After that it’s on to Denver on Tuesday.

NBA Daily Schedule: 16 teams will be in action today, kicking off the official opening weekend of NBA basketball this season. Here’s a look at the full schedule, as well as the start times and TV networks carrying the games.

Saturday, November 2, 2013:

7:00 PM ET:
Cleveland Cavaliers at Indiana Pacers (FSIHD, FSOhio HD)

7:30 PM ET:
Chicago Bulls at Philadelphia 76ers (NBATV, CSN-P)

8:00 PM ET:
Charlotte Bobcats at New Orleans Pelicans (FSNOLA, SSO-CHA)

8:30 PM ET Games:
Memphis Grizzlies at Dallas Mavericks (SSO-MEM, FSSW-DAL)
Toronto Raptors at Milwaukee Bucks (TSN, FSN Wisconsin)

9:00 PM ET:
Houston Rockets at Utah Jazz (ROOT Sports, CSN Houston)

10:00 PM ET:
San Antonio Spurs at Portland Trail Blazers (FSSW, KGWHD)

10:30 PM ET:
Sacramento Kings at Golden State Warriors (CSN-CA, CSNBayHD)

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