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NBA News: Player News and Updates for 3/3/14

NBA Player Updates 3/3: Durant, Noah, Tonight's TV Schedule and More

March 3, 2014

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The NBA will be kicking off the workweek in style this evening, with eight matchups on the upcoming schedule. While we’re waiting on tonight’s tip-offs, let’s take our daily look around the league at some of the noteworthy players out there and see what everyone’s up to. Here’s the latest.

Joakim Noah, C, Chicago Bulls: This is turning into a trend. A couple of days after allowing Stephen Curry a triple-double, the Knicks extended the same courtesy to Noah. He logged 13 points, 12 rebounds and 14 assists in the Bulls’ easy 109-90 victory, which was the fifth triple-double of his career and his second on the year so far.
The Bulls have now won nine of their last 10 games to get to an unexpected 33-26 mark on the season. They’re on a quick turnaround, heading into Brooklyn tonight to face off against the Nets.

NBA News: Player News and Updates for 3/3/14

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DeMar DeRozan, SG, Toronto Raptors: We think it’s safe to say DeRozan is on a roll. He put up another solid effort yesterday in the Raptors’ 104-98 win over Golden State, providing a team-high 32 points, four rebounds and six assists. That’s DeRozan’s third straight outing with at least 32 points, and his sixth time breaking the 30-point mark in the last 10 games.
The Raptors have been playing quite well as of late, and they’ve won seven of their last nine games en route to a 33-26 record so far. They’ll get a few days to rest; Their next game is Friday at home against Sacramento.

Nikola Vucevic, C, Orlando Magic: Vucevic has turned into a double-double machine lately, and this time it helped his team get a nice win. He posted 18 points and 17 rebounds in a 92-81 win over Philadelphia yesterday, which was his fourth consecutive double-double and his eighth in the last 10 games.
The Magic have won two of their last three games, so we’ll see if they can use this momentum to improve on their 19-43 record in the near future. Their two-game home-stand concludes on Wednesday against Houston.

Kevin Durant, SF, Oklahoma City Thunder: Durant didn’t quite put up the monstrous scoring line he did against the Grizzlies, but he was mighty darn good yesterday against Charlotte. He posted 28 points, six rebounds and five assists in what became a 116-99 win, giving him at least 28 points in his last nine straight games.
After losing three straight, OKC seems to have figured things out enough to win their last two games. They’ll host the Sixers tomorrow night before shooting off on a two-game road trip later in the week.

NBA Daily Schedule: 16 teams will be in action tonight, so there will be plenty for us basketball fans to pay attention to. Here’s a look at the complete schedule, along with the start times and TV networks carrying each game.

Monday, March 3, 2014:

7:00 PM ET:
Memphis Grizzlies at Washington Wizards (CSN, SportSouth)

7:30 PM ET:
Chicago Bulls at Brooklyn Nets (NBATV, YES, CSN-Chicago)
New York Knicks at Detroit Pistons (MSG, FS Detroit)
Charlotte Bobcats at Miami Heat (Sportsnet One, SportSouth, Sun Sports)

8:00 PM ET:
Utah Jazz at Milwaukee Bucks (ROOT Sports)

9:00 PM ET:
Minnesota Timberwolves at Denver Nuggets (Altitude, Fox Sports North Plu)

10:00 PM ET:
Los Angeles Lakers at Portland Trail Blazers (KGWHD, TWC SN/TWC D)
New Orleans Pelicans at Sacramento Kings (NBATV, CSN-CA, FSNOLA)

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