NBA News: Player News and Updates for 3/7/14
NBA Player Updates 3/7: Spurs, Clippers and Suns Win, Tonight's TV Schedule and More
March 7, 2014
After a very quiet evening last night in the NBA, we’re kicking back into gear tonight. There are 11 games on the schedule, so basketball fans should have no problem finding a few good matchups to follow. While we’re waiting, let’s take a closer look at some of the noteworthy names out there in the headlines this morning. Here’s the latest.
Tim Duncan, PF, San Antonio Spurs: In an NBA Finals rematch, this installment went to the Spurs. They set the tone early with a 37-22 first quarter last night against the Heat, then went on to cruise to a 111-87 victory. Duncan was one of San Antonio’s notable contributors, registering 23 points and 11 rebounds. Perhaps equally as important was Kawhi Leonard’s job on Miami’s LeBron James. Leonard came up with a career-high five steals, while James was on the flip-side with five turnovers.
That makes five straight wins for the Spurs, who stand at 45-16 on the season thus far. They get another home game tomorrow, as the Magic will be coming to visit. After that it’s off to Chicago on March 11.
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Gerald Green, SG, Phoenix Suns: Green had a monster night against the Thunder, and he emerged as the breakout player of the game. He broke his career-high in scoring (the second time this season he’s done that) en route to 41 points in a dramatic 128-122 victory over Oklahoma City. Green had 24 points in the third quarter alone and nailed eight three-pointers over the course of the game. He also added five rebounds and a pair of assists to his line.
The better-than-expected Suns have won three of their last four games to bring their season-long schedule to 36-25. Let’s take a look at their upcoming schedule: Sunday, they’ll start out a two-game California road trip by heading to visit the Warriors. After that it’s off to L.A. to see the Clippers on Tuesday.
Darren Collison, PG, Los Angeles Clippers: Speaking of the Clippers, they made some history last night in the Battle of Los Angeles, and the Lakers also shared a dubious honor on the other side. The Clippers bested their in-city rivals 142-94, and that 48-point margin marks the largest victory in Clippers history. It also marks the largest defeat in Lakers history. Collison led the way in the blowout, scoring 24 points with four rebounds and three assists in the Clippers’ largest points total ever in a road game.
That’s six wins in a row for the Clips, and they’ll try to keep it going as they start out their three-game home-stand tomorrow against the incoming Hawks.
NBA Daily Schedule: 22 teams will be in action tonight, so it’ll be no trouble to find a team you love (or hate) this evening. Here’s a look at the complete schedule, along with the start times and TV networks carrying each game.
Friday, March 7, 2014:
7:00 PM ET:
Memphis Grizzlies at Chicago Bulls (ESPN, CSN-Chicago)
Cleveland Cavaliers at Charlotte Bobcats (FSOhio, SportSouth)
Sacramento Kings at Toronto Raptors (TSN2, CSN-CA)
7:30 PM ET:
Brooklyn Nets at Boston Celtics (YES, CSNHD)
Utah Jazz at New York Knicks (MSG, ROOT Sports)
8:00 PM ET:
Detroit Pistons at Minnesota Timberwolves: (FS North, FS Detroit Plus)
Milwaukee Bucks at New Orleans Pelicans (FSNOLA, Fox Sports Wisconsin)
8:30 PM ET:
Portland Trail Blazers at Dallas Mavericks (FSSW, CSNNWHD)
9:00 PM ET:
Los Angeles Lakers at Denver Nuggets (Altitude, TWC SN/TWC D)
9:30 PM ET:
Indiana Pacers at Houston Rockets (ESPN, Sportsnet One, FSI, CSN Houston)
10:30 PM ET:
Atlanta Hawks at Golden State Warriors (SportSouth, CSN Bay Area)
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