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NBA News: Player News and Updates for 3/31/14

NBA Player Updates 3/31: Thunder and Knicks Win, Tonight's TV Schedule and More

March 31, 2014

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We’ll be finishing up the month of March in the NBA today, which gets us that much closer to the playoffs and the close of the 2013-14 season. With that said, let’s take a look around the league and see which players everyone’s talking about this morning. Here’s the latest.

Kevin Durant, SF, Oklahoma City Thunder: The Thunder got off to a very fast start last night against the Jazz. They were ahead 26-9 after the first quarter, then went on to win it 116-96. Durant led the way, posting 31 points, nine assists and four rebounds. He’s now scored at least 25 in an amazing 38 straight games.
Oklahoma City will get a couple of days off before picking things up again on Thursday against the Spurs. They’ll head to Houston on Friday to finish up the week.

NBA News: Player News and Updates for 3/31/14

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Paul Pierce, SF, Brooklyn Nets: It’s been a while since we’ve checked in on Pierce, and it’s high time we did. He’s been tearing it up over the last few games, most recently with his 22 points, five rebounds and two steals against the Timberwolves last night in a 114-99 home win. That gives Pierce at least 22 points in three of his last four games.
It’s a busy five-game week for Brooklyn. They’ll host Houston tomorrow, then visit the Knicks Wednesday. After that, they’ll host Detroit Friday and go to Philly Saturday.

Joakim Noah, C, Chicago Bulls: Seeing Noah flirt with triple-doubles is getting to be a regular occurrence this season. He did it again yesterday against the Celtics, logging 13 points, eight rebounds and 13 assists in the 107-102 victory. He’s been stellar this year, and is maintaining 13.2 points, 7.4 assists and 9.4 rebounds averages over his last five appearances.
The Bulls also have a busy five-game week. They’ll host the Celtics tonight, then head to Atlanta Wednesday, host the Bucks Friday and go to DC Saturday.

Amar’e Stoudemire, PF, New York Knicks: Thanks mostly to the Hawks plummeting in the standings, the Knicks now have a legitimate shot at capturing the eight seed in the East. They’re one game back after yesterday’s 89-84 win over the Warriors, buoyed by a 34-12 second quarter. Stoudemire led the way for New York, logging 15 points and 13 rebounds for his fourth double-double of the season.
The Knicks are in Utah tonight to finish off their western road trip. They’ll come back home for Brooklyn Wednesday, then host the Wizards on Friday.

NBA Daily Schedule: We’ve got a packed 10-game set coming our way tonight, so it won’t be hard to find a good matchup. Here’s a look at the complete schedule, along with the start times and TV networks carrying each game.

Monday, March 31, 2014:

7:00 PM ET:
Washington Wizards at Charlotte Bobcats (CSN, SportSouth)
San Antonio Spurs at Indiana Pacers (NBATV, FSI, FSSW)

7:30 PM ET:
Philadelphia 76ers at Atlanta Hawks (CSN, SportSouth)
Milwaukee Bucks at Detroit Pistons (FS Detroit, Fox Sports Wisconsin)
Toronto Raptors at Miami Heat (TSN, Sun Sports)

8:00 PM ET:
Boston Celtics at Chicago Bulls (CSNHD, CSN-Chicago)
Los Angeles Clippers at Minnesota Timberwolves: (FS North, PRIME TICKET)
Sacramento Kings at New Orleans Pelicans (CSN-CA, FSNOLA)

9:00 PM ET:
Memphis Grizzlies at Denver Nuggets (Altitude, SportSouth)
New York Knicks at Utah Jazz (MSG, ROOT Sports)

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