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NBA News: Player News and Updates for 11/17/13

NBA Daily Updates 11/17: Bulls Roll Against Indy, Love Gets Another Double-Double, Tonight's TV Schedule and More

November 17, 2013

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After some heavy slates of games over the past few days, the NBA will be slowing down today, with just three matchups on the schedule. Even with the thin schedule, there are still plenty of storylines to tackle out there on the court, so with that in mind let’s take a closer look at some of the noteworthy players making headlines around the league. Here’s the latest.

LeBron James, SF, Miami Heat: James and the gang took care of business against the Bobcats in Charlotte yesterday, posting a 97-81 win. For his part, James posted 30 points, seven rebounds, a steal and a block in 40 minutes of action. He went 13-of-18 from the floor for another efficient outing. That’s his third time in a row hitting the 30-point mark.
The 7-3 Heat don’t have to do much traveling in the immediate future. This week, they’re at home against the Hawks (Tuesday), in Orlando (Wednesday) and back to Miami to finish off the home-and-home against the Magic (Saturday).

NBA News: Player News and Updates for 11/17/13

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Luol Deng, SF, Chicago Bulls: We expected the big Pacers-Bulls matchup last night to be a little closer, but hey, Bulls fans aren’t complaining. Chicago used a huge first half (even outscoring Indy 29-15 in the second quarter) to bury the Pacers early, en route to a 110-94 win that would hand Indianapolis their first loss of the season. Deng was the big scorer, tossing up 23 points and seven rebounds.
This game could signal a turning point for the previously underwhelming 5-3 Bulls, who have won their last four in a row. They’ll host Charlotte tomorrow, before heading out on a six-game road trip that starts Thursday in Denver.

Dwight Howard, C, Houston Rockets: Howard was the leading scorer on his team during the Rockets’ 122-111 victory, and he got there through unconventional means. The ol’ hack-a-Howard strategy was in full effect, and the big man responded by sinking 17 of 24 free throws. He also posted seven rebounds, a block and an assist.
The Rockets have won three of their last four and now sit at 7-4. They’ll host Boston on Tuesday, then head to Dallas the next day.

Kevin Love, PF, Minnesota Timberwolves: Love has been on quite the statistical roll this year, and it continued against the Celtics yesterday. He managed 23 points and 12 rebounds in the 106-88 victory, which translates to his 10th (out of 11 games) double-double this season.
The Timberwolves have won four of their last six and stand at 7-4 right now. They’ll be in DC on Tuesday.

NBA Daily Schedule: Sundays are still dominated by football for the time being, so we’ll only see a half-dozen NBA teams in action today. That’s okay, though; the games will be spread out across the afternoon and evening so there’s no break in coverage. Here’s a look at the full schedule, as well as the TV networks and start times for each game.

Sunday, November 17, 2013:

1:00 PM ET:
Portland Trail Blazers at Toronto Raptors (RSN, CSNNWHD)

6:00 PM ET:
Memphis Grizzlies at Sacramento Kings (CSN-CA, SSO-MEM)

9:30 PM ET:
Detroit Pistons at Los Angeles Lakers (FS Detroit, TWC Sportsnet)

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