NBA News: Player News and Updates for 3/28/14
NBA Player Updates 3/28: Clippers and Rockets Win, Tonight's TV Schedule and More
March 28, 2014
After a pretty simple four-game set last night, the NBA will be back in full force this evening, with 12 matchups on the schedule. Before we get settled in and wait on those tip-offs, let’s take our daily look around the league and see which players everyone’s talking about this morning. Here’s the latest.
LaMarcus Aldridge, PF, Portland Trail Blazers: Aldridge had missed out on the Blazers’ previous seven games due to a back injury, but they were happy to have him back last night against the Hawks. He put up 25 points and 16 rebounds in the 100-85 victory, which is his second double-double in his last three appearances.
Aldridge said he’ll have to see how he’s feeling tonight before determining if he’ll hit the floor against the Bulls. After that, the Blazers will kick off next week on Sunday against Memphis.
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James Harden, SG, Houston Rockets: It didn’t take too long for Harden to do his damage against the Sixers last night. He put up a triple-double (the second of his career) in just 31 minutes, logging 26 points, 10 rebounds and 10 assists in a 120-98 blowout. That’s Harden’s fourth straight game with at least 26 points.
The Rockets continue to chug along; They’re 49-22 and have won five straight. They get the Clippers at home tomorrow night, which should be a good one.
Jordan Hill, PF, Los Angeles Lakers: We realize the Lakers weren’t able to get the win yesterday, but we’ve got to take a moment to appreciate Hill’s performance. He was stellar in his team’s 108-105 loss, putting up 28 points and 16 rebounds in just 31 minutes. That marks his second double-double (and his second time hitting 28 points) since his return from injury four games ago.
The current Lakers lineup seems to be clicking, so that offers some hope for the future. We’ll see them again tonight in Minnesota.
Chris Paul, PG, Los Angeles Clippers: Paul didn’t quite get into double-double territory last night against the Mavericks, but he came close. He registered 31 points and nine assists in the 109-103 victory, adding four rebounds and three steals to his line to round things out. Paul has at least three steals in seven of his last eight games.
The Clippers will take today off before visiting the Rockets tomorrow. Next week they’ll visit Minnesota (Monday) and Phoenix (Wednesday) before heading back home to see Dallas again on Thursday.
NBA Daily Schedule: 24 teams will be in action tonight, so it shouldn’t be too hard to find a team worth rooting for. Here’s a look at the complete schedule, along with the start times and TV networks carrying each game.
Friday, March 28, 2014:
7:00 PM ET:
Charlotte Bobcats at Orlando Magic (FS Florida, SportSouth)
Boston Celtics at Toronto Raptors (Sportsnet One, CSNHD)
Indiana Pacers at Washington Wizards (FSI, CSN)
7:30 PM ET:
Cleveland Cavaliers at Brooklyn Nets (YES, FSOhio)
Miami Heat at Detroit Pistons (Sun Sports, FS Detroit)
8:00 PM ET:
Portland Trail Blazers at Chicago Bulls (CSNNWHD, WCIU, The U)
Los Angeles Lakers at Minnesota Timberwolves: (FS North, TWC SN/TWC D)
Utah Jazz at New Orleans Pelicans (FSNOLA, ROOT Sports)
Sacramento Kings at Oklahoma City Thunder (News10, FS Oklahoma HD)
9:00 PM ET:
San Antonio Spurs at Denver Nuggets (FSSW, Altitude)
10:00 PM ET:
New York Knicks at Phoenix Suns (MSG, FSAZ)
10:30 PM ET:
Memphis Grizzlies at Golden State Warriors (SportSouth, CSN Bay Area)
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