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NBA News: Player News and Updates for 4/3/14

NBA Player Updates 4/3: Pacers and Knicks Win, Tonight's TV Schedule and More

April 3, 2014

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After a dizzying set of games in the NBA last night (13, to be exact), the league will be easing up quite a bit before the big weekend push. There are just two matchups on the schedule this evening, but rest assured there are plenty more to come over the next few days. Here’s a look at the current hot-topic players out there, so let’s check out the latest news.

Paul George, SF, Indiana Pacers: The Pacers need to post some solid games in order to gain momentum heading into the playoffs. They got one such game last night against the Pistons, taking a 101-94 victory at home. George led his team in all three major categories with 27 points, 13 rebounds and seven assists to his credit. That’s his highest points total since March 15 (also against Detroit, when he scored 30).
Let’s take a look at the Pacers’ upcoming schedule. They’re in Toronto on Friday, then will close out the weekend at home against Atlanta on Sunday.

NBA News: Player News and Updates for 4/3/14

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J.R. Smith, SG, New York Knicks: The Knicks still have a long road to go if they want to eke their way into the playoffs, but they took their first step last night. They put up a dominant performance on both ends of the floor against the Nets, posting a 110-81 blowout victory that wasn’t close. Smith stayed hot, managing a team-high 24 points, six assists and eight rebounds.
New York has a daunting gauntlet of games ahead on their way to an unlikely playoff berth. They’ll host the Wizards tomorrow, then head down to Miami on Sunday.

Al Jefferson, C, Charlotte Bobcats: Last night’s Bobcats-76ers game wasn’t exactly a clash of the titans, but there were some great individual performances in Charlotte’s 123-93 win. The most notable belonged to Jefferson, who hung a game-high 25 points and 10 rebounds on Philly. That gives him six double-doubles in his last eight games.
The Bobcats’ busy week continues tomorrow, when they’ll be at home against Orlando, after that, it’s off to Cleveland on Saturday.

Kevin Love, PF, Minnesota Timberwolves: The T-Wolves haven’t been much to look at this season, but Love has single-handedly kept them interesting. Just two games after logging his last triple-double, he did it again against Memphis, logging 24 points, 16 rebounds and 10 assists in the 102-88 victory.
The T-Wolves will be in Florida for the rest of the week: They play in Miami tomorrow and Orlando on Saturday. After that it’s back home for a three-game set next week, starting Tuesday against San Antonio.

NBA Daily Schedule: The regular season is winding down, and there are just two matchups on the schedule tonight. Here’s a look at the complete slate of games, along with the start times and TV networks carrying each one.

Thursday, April 3, 2014:

8:00 PM ET:
San Antonio Spurs at Oklahoma City Thunder (TNT, Sportsnet One, FS Oklahoma HD)

10:30 PM ET:
Dallas Mavericks at Los Angeles Clippers (TNT, Sportsnet One, PRIME TICKET)

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