NBA News: Player News and Updates for 4/5/14
NBA Player Updates 4/5: Rockets and Hawks Win, Tonight's TV Schedule and More
April 5, 2014
After last night’s busy 14-game NBA schedule, we could all use a breather. We won’t be getting it tonight, however, as there are six more games on tap for the coming hours. Before we settle in and wait on those tip-offs, let’s take a look around the league and see which players are making headlines right now. Here’s the latest.
Al Jefferson, C, Charlotte Bobcats: After a 33-17 second quarter, the Bobcats were firmly in control of last night’s game against the Magic. They’d hold on to win 91-80, thanks mostly to Jefferson’s 29 points and 16 rebounds. That’s three straight double-doubles for him and seven in the last nine games.
The ‘Cats are rolling this week, with three straight wins. They’ll see if they can make it four today in Cleveland. Next week kicks off Wednesday on the road against the Wizards.
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Jeff Teague, PG, Atlanta Hawks: The Hawks desperately needed a win yesterday, and they got it. Teague provided 20 points and 12 assists in a 117-98 victory over Cleveland, and coupled with a Knicks loss (by one point to the aforementioned Wizards), the team is now back in the eighth and final playoff slot in the East.
The Hawks are in the driver’s seat here; Even with their crummy record recently, the Knicks’ tough schedule will make it hard for them to regain positioning. Atlanta opens a five-game week in Indy tomorrow.
Joakim Noah, C, Chicago Bulls: Noah didn’t quite make it to triple-double territory yesterday against Milwaukee, but he did secure another double-double. He put up 11 points and 13 rebounds in the Bulls’ 102-90 win, adding four assists and two steals for good measure. He now has three straight double-doubles to his credit.
The Bulls will be in DC tonight for the Wizards, then they’ll head to Minnesota on Wednesday.
James Harden, SG, Houston Rockets: One of last night’s most intriguing games belonged to the Rockets and Thunder, and Harden was able to get revenge on his former team. He put up 39 points on 17-of-20 shooting from the line in Houston’s 111-107 victory, and also added nine rebounds and seven assists. Harden has at least 26 points in his last eight straight games.
The Rockets also have a five-game week ahead. That’ll start out tomorrow at home against the incoming Nuggets.
NBA Daily Schedule: 12 teams will be in action tonight, so it won’t be too hard to find a solid matchup or two. Here’s a look at the complete schedule, along with the start times and TV networks carrying each game.
Saturday, April 5, 2014:
7:00 PM ET:
Minnesota Timberwolves at Orlando Magic (FS Florida)
Chicago Bulls at Washington Wizards (CSN+, WGN-TV)
7:30 PM ET:
Charlotte Bobcats at Cleveland Cavaliers (FSOhio, SportSouth)
Boston Celtics at Detroit Pistons (CSNHD, FS Detroit Plus)
Brooklyn Nets at Philadelphia 76ers (CSN, YES)
8:30 PM ET:
Toronto Raptors at Milwaukee Bucks (Sportsnet, TSN 1050)
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