NBA News: Player News and Updates for 4/6/14
NBA Player Updates 4/6: Bulls and Nets Win, Tonight's TV Schedule and More
April 6, 2014
After a six-game set yesterday, the NBA is turning up the volume a little bit with nine more matchups on the slate today. The action will be starting early in the afternoon, so make sure you reserve your spot in front of the TV extra-early. Here’s a look at what’s happening around the league right now.
Joakim Noah, C, Chicago Bulls: Noah has been a double-double machine recently (well, all season really), and last night was no different. He put up 21 points and 12 rebounds in a 96-78 win over the Wizards, giving him six straight double-doubles. It’s also the first time he’s hit 20 points since March 22 against Philly.
The Bulls went 5-0 last week, so we’ll see if they can keep it going in their two games this week. They play in Minnesota Wednesday and at home against Detroit Friday.
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Deron Williams, PG, Brooklyn Nets: The Nets have been playing very well lately, and that trend continued last night against the 76ers. Williams posted a solid 19-point, four-rebound, nine-assist outing in the 105-101 win over a suddenly plucky Sixers team, giving Brooklyn a 4-1 record in their five-game week.
Three games lie ahead this week for the Nets. They’re in Miami Tuesday and Orlando Wednesday, then host Atlanta on Friday.
Greivis Vasquez, PG, Toronto Raptors: Vasquez has shown flashes of brilliance at times this season, and last night definitely qualified as one of those times. He posted 26 points in his team’s 102-98 win over Milwaukee last night, adding four rebounds, a steal and four assists for good measure. It’s his first time breaking the 20-point mark since March 21 against Oklahoma City.
The Raptors went 4-1 in their busy stretch last week, so we’ll see if they can replicate that moving forward. They play just twice this week, however, with Philadelphia coming to town Wednesday and the Knicks visiting on Friday.
Al Jefferson, C, Charlotte Bobcats: A back-and-forth game between the Bobcats and Cavaliers yesterday ended the only way it could have: with a close overtime period that saw the ‘Cats prevail 96-94. Jefferson led the way with 24 points (seven in overtime) and 15 rebounds as Charlotte clinched a playoff berth for just the second time in franchise history.
The Bobcats won all four of their games last week, and will look to stay hot heading into the postseason. They’re in DC on Wednesday, head to Boston Friday and host Philly Saturday.
NBA Daily Schedule: 18 teams will be in action today, so it won’t be too hard to find a good game to watch. Here’s a look at the complete schedule, as well as the start times and TV networks carrying each matchup.
Sunday, April 6, 2014:
1:00 PM ET:
New York Knicks at Miami Heat (ABC)
3:30 PM ET:
Los Angeles Lakers at Los Angeles Clippers (ABC)
6:00 PM ET:
Dallas Mavericks at Sacramento Kings (FSSW, CSN-CA)
Atlanta Hawks at Indiana Pacers (NBATV, FSI, SportSouth)
7:00 PM ET:
Denver Nuggets at Houston Rockets (Sportsnet, Altitude2, CSN Houston)
Memphis Grizzlies at San Antonio Spurs (FSSW, SportSouth)
9:00 PM ET:
Utah Jazz at Golden State Warriors (ROOT Sports, CSN Bay Area)
Oklahoma City Thunder at Phoenix Suns (NBATV, FSAZ, FS Oklahoma HD)
New Orleans Pelicans at Portland Trail Blazers (FSNOLA, CSNNWHD)
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