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NBA News: Player News and Updates for 4/7/14

NBA Player Updates 4/7: Hawks and Blazers Win, Tonight's TV Schedule and More

April 7, 2014

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After a busy weekend, the NBA will be taking the night off tonight. The league will be back in action tomorrow, however, so we’ll get to see another chapter in the regular-season story leading up to the playoffs. That said, let’s take our daily look around the league and see who’s making headlines right now.

LeBron James, SF, Miami Heat: The Heat crippled the Knicks’ playoff hopes while at the same time improving their own postseason standing. LeBron and company took care of business at home 102-91 thanks to a 25-14 third quarter during which they took control and never looked back. James had a game-high 38 points, six assists and five rebounds to his credit.
Next up for the Heat, they’ll continue their five-game week tomorrow at home against Brooklyn. After that it’s off to Memphis on Wednesday.

NBA News: Player News and Updates for 4/7/14

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Blake Griffin, PF, Los Angeles Clippers: The Clippers handed their in-city rivals another big defeat, dropping the Lakers into a tie for the most losses in franchise history (52). Griffin led the way for the Clippers, posting 23 points, seven rebounds and five assists in the 120-97 blowout. After a 37-23 third quarter, the team never looked back.
Griffin and company have a three-game set this week. Next up is OKC at home on Wednesday, then Sacramento comes to town Saturday.

Jeff Teague, PG, Atlanta Hawks: Putting another nail in the Knicks’ postseason coffin yesterday were the Hawks, who improved their own standing with a big victory over the Pacers. Indiana forgot where they put their offense in the first half, falling behind 55-23 at the break. Teague led the way for his team, posting 25 points, three rebounds and two assists in 34 minutes of work on the floor.
The five game week continues for the Hawks, with Detroit coming to town Tuesday and Boston Wednesday. Friday they’re in Brooklyn and host the Heat Saturday.

LaMarcus Aldridge, PF, Portland Trail Blazers: Amid a flurry of solid individual performances yesterday, Aldridge’s stands as one of the best. He managed 25 points and 18 rebounds in the Blazers’ 100-94 win over New Orleans, and also threw in four assists with four blocks for good measure. He has at least 25 points in four of his last six games.
Just two more games this week for Portland. They’ll be home against Sacramento on Wednesday, then will head to Utah to finish it up on Friday.

NBA Daily Schedule: After an off-night Monday, the league will return to action on Tuesday. Here’s a look at the complete schedule for those games, along with the start times and TV networks carrying each matchup.

Tuesday, April 8, 2014:

7:30 PM ET:
Detroit Pistons at Atlanta Hawks (LEAGUE PASS)

8:00 PM ET:
San Antonio Spurs at Minnesota Timberwolves: (FSSW, Fox Sports North Plu)
Brooklyn Nets at Miami Heat (TNT, TSN2, Sun Sports)

9:00 PM ET:
Dallas Mavericks at Utah Jazz (KTXA, ROOT Sports)

10:00 PM ET:
Oklahoma City Thunder at Sacramento Kings (CSN-CA, FS Oklahoma HD)

10:30 PM ET:
Houston Rockets at Los Angeles Lakers (TSN2, TWC SN/TWC D)

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