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NBA News: Player News and Updates for 3/18/14

NBA Player Updates 3/18: Thunder and Hawks Win, Tonight's TV Schedule and More

March 18, 2014

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There are just five games scheduled for tonight in the NBA, which is a respite from what’s been a busy weekend period. Still, we should be seeing plenty of interesting happenings out there on the court, so with that in mind let’s take our daily look around the league and see what’s happening out there.

Paul Millsap, PF, Atlanta Hawks: The Hawks need to keep winning in order to secure their playoff spot, and that’s exactly what they’ve been doing. Millsap had a heavy hand in yet another Atlanta win yesterday against the Bobcats, pouring in 28 points, five rebounds, one assist and two blocks during the 97-83 victory. He has at least 23 points in three of his last four.
The Hawks have won four in a row to get to 30-35 on the year. Next up are two home games, starting tonight against Toronto.

NBA News: Player News and Updates for 3/18/14

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Lance Stephenson, SG, Indiana Pacers: The Pacers needed someone to step up and carry the offensive load last night against the 76ers, and that someone was Stephenson. He ended up with 25 points in the 99-90 victory, adding five rebounds, an assist and a steal to round out his line. That’s his first time topping 20 points since he put up 21 against Dallas on March 9.
After losing four in a row, the Pacers have turned things around 180 degrees to win their last four. They’re 50-17 on the year. Tomorrow, they’ll head to New York to battle their longtime rival Knicks.

Deron Williams, PG, Brooklyn Nets: Speaking of shouldering the scoring load, Williams did just that last night for the Nets. He hung 28 on the Suns in a 108-95 victory, also adding three rebounds, four assists and three steals. Williams previously hadn’t reached 20 points in his past four outings.
The Nets are rolling right now; They’ve won four of their last five games to get to 34-31 on the year so far. Tomorrow, they’ll be in the middle of a three-game home-stand when Charlotte comes to town.

Kevin Durant, SF, Oklahoma City Thunder: We’d be remiss if we didn’t visit with Durant today, who was one of the big performers in the league last night. He put up 35 points and 12 rebounds against the Bulls, helping his team to a 97-85 victory. That’s his first double-double since March 9 against the Lakers (which was actually a triple-double).
The Thunder have won three of their last four games and currently stand at 49-18. They’ll try to get that magic 50th win on Thursday in Cleveland.

NBA Daily Schedule: 10 teams will be in action tonight, and it shouldn’t be too hard to find at least a couple of good matchups. Here’s a look at the complete schedule, along with the start times and TV networks carrying each game.

Tuesday, March 18, 2014:

7:00 PM ET:
Miami Heat at Cleveland Cavaliers (FSOhio, Sun Sports)

7:30 PM ET:
Toronto Raptors at Atlanta Hawks (Sportsnet One, SportSouth)

10:00 PM ET:
Milwaukee Bucks at Portland Trail Blazers (CSNNWHD, Fox Sports Wisconsin)
Washington Wizards at Sacramento Kings (CSN+, CSN-CA)

10:30 PM ET:
Orlando Magic at Golden State Warriors (FS Florida, CSN Bay Area)

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