NBA News: Player News and Updates for 4/2/14
NBA Player Updates 4/2: Warriors and Trail Blazers Win, Tonight's TV Schedule and More
April 2, 2014
After a comparatively tame three-game schedule last night, the NBA will be kicking into gear this evening, with 13 matchups on the schedule. Before we settle in and figure out which games we’ll be watching, let’s take our daily look around the league and see which players everyone is talking about right now. Here’s the latest.
Omer Asik, C, Houston Rockets: Okay, we know the Rockets lost last night, but we’ve got to give it up for Asik right now. Filling in for Dwight Howard (ankle), he put up 12 points and a whopping 23 rebounds. That said, Houston lost the game 96-105 to a surging Nets team that clinched a playoff spot with their 14th straight win at home (a franchise record).
Houston wont’ have much time to dwell on this one; They’re back in action in Toronto tonight. After that, they close out the week by hosting Oklahoma City on Friday.
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Damian Lillard, PG, Portland Trail Blazers: The Blazers are on a roll right now, winning their last four straight games. The latest came last night against the Lakers, improving their record with a 124-112 victory. Lillard was a big contributor, notching 34 points and eight assists on 10-of-22 shooting.
On the other side, Nick Young burst out for a whopping 40 points in the losing effort, nailing 6-of-13 three-point shots.
Portland is inching ever-closer to that No. 4 spot in the West, sitting 1 ½ games behind the Rockets with six more left to play. Let’s check out their upcoming schedule. They’ll host Phoenix on Friday, then finish off the weekend as the Pelicans come to town. Sacramento visits on Wednesday to finish off the home-stand.
Stephen Curry, PG, Golden State Warriors: Here’s an interesting stat: After losing last night, the Mavericks have tied a franchise record for overtime home losses in a season (four). The latest defeat came at the hands of the Warriors, when Curry hit a jumper with less than a second remaining in the extra period to bury Dallas in a 122-120 win. That was part of Curry’s 23 points and 10 assists on the night.
The Warriors will continue their Texas trip in San Antonio tonight. They’re at home against Sacramento on Friday, the Utah comes to visit on Sunday.
NBA Daily Schedule: A whopping 26 teams will be in action tonight, so it won’t be hard to find a handful of good matchups out there. Here’s a look at the complete schedule, along with the start times and TV networks carrying each game.
Wednesday, April 2, 2014:
7:00 PM ET:
Detroit Pistons at Indiana Pacers (FSI, FS Detroit)
Brooklyn Nets at New York Knicks (ESPN, MSG, WWOR)
Cleveland Cavaliers at Orlando Magic (FSOhio, FS Florida)
Charlotte Bobcats at Philadelphia 76ers (CSN, SportSouth)
Houston Rockets at Toronto Raptors (Sportsnet One, CSN Houston)
Boston Celtics at Washington Wizards (CSN, CSNHD)
7:30 PM ET:
Chicago Bulls at Atlanta Hawks (SportSouth, CSN-Chicago)
Milwaukee Bucks at Miami Heat (Sun Sports, Fox Sports Wisconsin)
8:00 PM ET:
Memphis Grizzlies at Minnesota Timberwolves: (FS North, SportSouth)
8:30 PM ET:
Golden State Warriors at San Antonio Spurs (FSSW, CSN Bay Area)
9:00 PM ET:
New Orleans Pelicans at Denver Nuggets (FSNOLA, Altitude)
10:00 PM ET:
Los Angeles Clippers at Phoenix Suns (FSAZ, PRIME TICKET)
Los Angeles Lakers at Sacramento Kings (CSN-CA, TWC SN/TWC D)
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