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NBA News: Player News and Updates for 2/17/14

NBA Player Updates 2/17: Kobe, All-Star Game, Tomorrow's TV Schedule and More

February 17, 2014

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Now that the NBA’s All-Star Game is all finished up, it’s time to start looking forward to regular season basketball again. (And we’ll be getting back to business tomorrow.) In the meantime, there hasn’t been any slowdown of the NBA news, so with that said let’s take a closer look at the noteworthy names out there who are making headlines right now. Here’s the latest.

Russell Westbrook, PG, Oklahoma City Thunder: There’s an air of hope surrounding Westbrook this week. He’s scheduled for a reevaluation of his injured knee tomorrow, and if all goes well with that, there’s a chance he could be able to return to the court on Thursday against the Heat.
We haven’t seen Westbrook out there since December, but this latest news provides some hope that a return isn’t too far off. Although there’s never been a concrete timeline surrounding his comeback, this scenario does fit the few vague estimates that are out there. Stay tuned on this one.

NBA News: Player News and Updates for 2/17/14

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All-Star Game Notes: If you missed the All-Star Game last night, it was another high-flying, no-defense, crazy-scoring spectacle. The Eastern Conference took the win over the West by a final score of 163-155, with a strong performance coming from the Knicks’ Carmelo Anthony. He nailed eight three-pointers on his way to 30 points and 10-of-18 from the field.
Taking MVP honors was the Cavaliers’ Kyrie Irving, who posted a team-high 31 points, with 15 of those coming in the fourth quarter. Irving went 14-of-17 from the field, adding 14 assists and five rebounds to his final line.

Kobe Bryant, SG, Los Angeles Lakers: Just before the All-Star Game, we got a bit of an update on Bryant’s status from the man himself. He said his rehab has been moving along slowly, and that he’s hoping to return to the court at some point before the season is out. He declined to say whether or not this was his final year in the NBA.
Bryant has only been able to play six games so far this season and has been out since Dec. 19. He’s expected to get a reevaluation pretty soon, so we’ll have some more information on his status when those results are made public.

Jared Sullinger, C, Boston Celtics: There appears to have been a good reason for Sullinger’s sub-par performance in his last game before the All-Star break. The big man was reportedly dealing with the flu against the Spurs, resulting in just four points and seven rebounds in 19 minutes. That outing broke a string of six double-doubles for him.
Sullinger is also dealing with an injured index finger, but that’s not expected to have too much of an impact on him going forward. Expect him to return to form on Wednesday in Phoenix.

NBA Daily Schedule: We won’t see any more official league action until tomorrow, but we’ve been entertained by the All-Star festivities in the meantime. Here’s a look at what the schedule looks like when the league picks back up tomorrow, 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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