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NBA News: Player News and Updates for 4/12/14

NBA Player Updates 4/12: Hawks, Heat and Knicks Win, Tonight's TV Schedule and More

April 12, 2014

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We’re heading into the final weekend of NBA action, and plenty of playoff lives will be determined in the coming days. We’ve got a pretty busy schedule of games to look forward to today, so before we get settled in, let’s take our daily tour around the league and see what’s happening out there. Here’s the latest.

Carmelo Anthony, SF, New York Knicks: The Knicks helped keep their dimming playoff hopes alive with a solid victory over the Raptors last night (and even though they lost, Toronto secured a division title). Anthony bounced back from a couple of ugly games to post 30 points in the 100-108 win, adding eight rebounds, three assists and three steals as well.
New York has to win out and get some help in order to have any shot at the No. 8 seed. They’ll host the Bulls tomorrow, then hop over to Brooklyn Tuesday and host the Raptors Wednesday.

NBA News: Player News and Updates for 4/12/14

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Paul Millsap, PF, Atlanta Hawks: The Hawks, on the other hand, are now sitting pretty in the final playoff spot in the East. They helped themselves with a 93-88 win over the Nets yesterday, reducing their “magic number” to just one game. Millsap led the way in the victory, putting up 27 points and corralling 10 rebounds. That’s his seventh straight double-double.
Atlanta will try to end things today and get a win over the Heat. If they can’t, there’s still Charlotte on Monday or a trip to Milwaukee on Wednesday.

LeBron James, SF, Miami Heat: In last night’s most anticipated game the Heat asserted their dominance on the court against the flailing Pacers. James did his usual thing, coming up with 36 points, six rebounds, an assist, a steal and a block in the 98-86 win. The Heat started pulling away in the second quarter (22-17) but really ended it in the third (31-20).
Miami will be in Atlanta today, then head to DC on Monday and finish things up on Wednesday against Philly before starting their playoff run.

Joakim Noah, C, Chicago Bulls: Despite getting wrecked in the first half, the Bulls figured things out against Detroit and were able to pull out a win. Noah just missed another triple-double in the 106-98 victory, logging 12 rebounds, 10 assists and six points. He has a string of eight straight games with at least a double-double to his credit.
Chicago will travel to New York tomorrow, then host the Magic Monday before finishing up in Charlotte on Wednesday.

NBA Daily Schedule: 16 teams will be in action today, so it shouldn’t be too hard to find a meaningful game. Here’s a look at the complete schedule, along with the start times and TV networks carrying each game.

Saturday, April 12, 2014:

3:30 PM ET:
Sacramento Kings at Los Angeles Clippers (NBATV Canada, CSN-CA, PRIME TICKET)

7:00 PM ET:
Philadelphia 76ers at Charlotte Bobcats (CSN, SportSouth)
Milwaukee Bucks at Washington Wizards (CSN)

7:30 PM ET:
Miami Heat at Atlanta Hawks (Sportsnet One, Sun Sports, SportSouth)
Boston Celtics at Cleveland Cavaliers (CSNHD, FSOhio)

8:00 PM ET:
New Orleans Pelicans at Houston Rockets (FSNOLA, CSN Houston)

8:30 PM ET:
Phoenix Suns at Dallas Mavericks (NBATV, KTXA, FSAZ+)

9:00 PM ET:
Utah Jazz at Denver Nuggets (Altitude, ROOT Sports)

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