NBA News: Player News and Updates for 2/14/14
NBA Player Updates 2/14: Bulls, Thunder, Post-Break TV Schedule and More
February 14, 2014
Now that the league has officially shut down for the All-Star break, it’s a good opportunity to take a closer look at where teams are headed in the latter part of the year. With that in mind, let’s examine a few players and hot-topic storylines out there and see what everyone’s up to right now. Here’s the latest.
Joakim Noah, C, Chicago Bulls: Yet another double-double was in the cards for Noah, who achieved the feat last night against Brooklyn. He put up 14 points and 13 rebounds in the 92-76 victory, which was his 26th double-double of the season so far. Eight more and he’ll match his career-high. Over the last five games, Noah has averaged 14.8 points and 13.2 rebounds.
The Bulls enter the break on a three-game win streak, with a 27-25 record overall. When things pick back up, they’ll head to Toronto on Feb. 19.
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Kevin Durant, SF, Oklahoma City Thunder: Things looked pretty bleak for OKC last night, after they were outscored by the Lakers through the first three quarters (including a drab 17-24 opener). They roared back in the fourth, however, on a 35-21 run that sealed the win 107-103. Durant did his usual thing, posting an unbelievable 43 points (game-high), 12 rebounds (game-high) and seven assists (team-high). That’s his second time hitting the 40-point threshold in his last three games.
OKC cruises into the break on a three-game win streak, and is sitting pretty on a 43-12 record so far. They’ve got a six-game home-stand coming up when play resumes, starting with a tough game against the Heat on Feb. 20.
Larry Sanders, C, Milwaukee Bucks: We’ve got a bit of an update on Sanders this morning, though his immediate future remains cloudy. He underwent surgery yesterday to repair a fractured orbital bone, and things apparently went well. Sanders suffered the injury on Saturday after being elbowed in the face.
The Bucks haven’t announced a timetable for his return to the floor just yet, but we’ll keep you posted. Sanders has missed two games so far, and the Bucks will resume play against the Magic on Feb. 18.
Andrew Bynum, C, Indiana Pacers: We’ll finish things up today with Bynum, as there’s been a bit of new information on him recently. He’s in Indianapolis this weekend, receiving treatment on his ailing knees. The sentiment around the team is that he won’t be able to play until around the end of the regular season.
The Pacers are planning on having Bynum around for the playoffs, which makes sense from a depth standpoint if he can come back healthy and play relatively well. All of that hinges on a lot of “what-ifs,” however, so we’ll just have to wait and see how things play out.
NBA Daily Schedule: We won’t see any more official league action for a few days, but the All-Star festivities should keep us busy until then. Here’s a look at what the schedule looks like when the league picks back up on Tuesday, as well as the start times and TV networks carrying the games.
Tuesday, February 18, 2014:
7:00 PM ET:
Atlanta Hawks at Indiana Pacers (FSI, SportSouth)
Cleveland Cavaliers at Philadelphia 76ers (CSN, FSOhio)
Toronto Raptors at Washington Wizards (TSN2, CSN)
7:30 PM ET:
Charlotte Bobcats at Detroit Pistons (SportSouth, FS Detroit)
8:00 PM ET:
New York Knicks at Memphis Grizzlies (MSG, SportSouth)
Orlando Magic at Milwaukee Bucks (FS Florida, Fox Sports Wisconsin)
8:30 PM ET:
Miami Heat at Dallas Mavericks (FSSW, Sun Sports)
9:00 PM ET:
Phoenix Suns at Denver Nuggets (FSAZ, Altitude)
10:30 PM ET:
San Antonio Spurs at Los Angeles Clippers (Sportsnet One, FSSW, PRIME TICKET)
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