NBA News: Player News and Updates for 4/8/14
NBA Player Updates 4/8: Nene's Comeback, Playoff Picture, Tonight's TV Schedule and More
April 8, 2014
The NBA took the night off last night, but will be back in action this evening as we cruise toward the postseason. While we’re waiting on those tip-offs, let’s take our daily look around the league and see what’s happening out there on the court. Here’s the latest.
Nene, C, Washington Wizards: The rumors have been prevalent for a little over a week, and it looks like they’re coming to fruition now. Nene practiced in full yesterday and may be able to return to the court tomorrow against Charlotte.
He’s been out since Feb. 23 with a strained MCL, which is a span of 21 games. Washington has really missed his presence inside, but it appears they won’t be without him much longer. There are five games left in the Wizards’ regular season.
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Eastern Conference Playoff Picture: Let’s finish up today by taking a look at the playoff picture in both conferences before we hit the home stretch of the regular season. We’ll start out with the East.
Miami and Indiana are tussling for the top seed, and as of right now the Heat have the edge by two fewer losses. The Pacers have four games left and Miami has six. Down the standings a bit, the Raptors and Bulls are tied record-wise and stand at third and fourth in the East, respectively. Each has five games remaining, but Toronto plays three at home to Chicago’s two.
As for that final postseason spot, the Knicks and Cavaliers aren’t technically eliminated from contention, but they might as well be. It’s Atlanta’s to lose, and barring a complete meltdown over their final six, they’ll be the eight seed.
Western Conference Playoff Picture: Now let’s head out west and check out some of the scenarios unfolding over there.
San Antonio sit’s a cool 4.5 games ahead of OKC for the top spot, and OKC in turn holds just a one-game lead over the Clippers. Houston and Portland could end up flip flopping at four and five, as they’re separated by just two games.
Further down, it’s a real mess, as just three games separate the Nos. 6 (Golden State) through 9 (Grizzlies) seeds, with Memphis currently on the outside looking in. That said, pretty much anything could happen between now and then, but either the Warriors, Mavericks, Suns or Grizzlies will be missing the playoffs by inches depending on what happens over the last handful of games.
NBA Daily Schedule: After an off-night last night, the league will return to action in the coming hours with a half-dozen games. Here’s a look at the complete schedule, 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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