NBA News: Player News and Updates for 4/14/14
NBA Player Updates 4/14: Grizzlies and Kings Win, Tonight's TV Schedule and More
April 14, 2014
Besides Wednesday’s regular-season finale, today is the final truly active day of the NBA year. We’ve got 10 games coming up tonight, so say farewell to your team if they’re not playoffs-bound. Before we settle in, let’s take our daily look around the league and see who’s making headlines this morning. Here’s the latest.
Lance Stephenson, SG, Indiana Pacers: After losing the top seed in the East to the Heat a few days back, the Pacers have rebounded nicely. They were able to get a nice win over the Thunder yesterday, reclaiming the No. 1 spot on a 102-97 finish. Stephenson was the top performer for Indiana, logging his firth triple-double of the season (most in the league) on 17 points, 10 rebounds and 11 assists.
If the Pacers can beat the Magic in Orlando on Wednesday, they’ll lock up the top seed. If not, they’ll need some help from the Heat, who play tonight in DC and Wednesday at home against Philly.
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DeMar DeRozan, SG, Toronto Raptors: After blasting the Pistons for a whopping 42 points in the first quarter alone, the Raptors let Detroit make a game of it, but eventually pulled away. They’d come out on top 116-107, thanks to a big effort from DeRozan. He put up 30 points (his first time hitting that mark since March 28) and three assists.
The win vaults the Raptors into the No. 3 spot in the East ahead of the Bulls. If they can win tonight against Milwaukee and Wednesday against the Knicks, they’ll keep it.
DeMarcus Cousins, C, Sacramento Kings: The Kings have been out of playoff contention for a while, but that hasn’t stopped Cousins’ usual on-court antics. He posted 35 points, 15 rebounds and six assists in the Kings’ 106-103 win against the Timberwolves, overcoming Kevin love’s 43 points in the process. Cousins now has eight straight double-doubles.
The Kings will finish out the year at home against Phoenix on Wednesday.
Mike Conley, PG, Memphis Grizzlies: The Grizzlies used a 34-17 third quarter to overtake the Lakers yesterday, with Conley leading the way for his team. He put up 24 points in the 102-90 victory, adding a rebound, eight assists and two steals for good measure. It was a nice bounce-back from his two-point outing against Philadelphia.
The Grizzlies have two games left: They’ll play tonight in Phoenix, then host Dallas on Wednesday.
NBA Daily Schedule: 20 teams will be in action today, and there are still a few things to hammer out as far as playoff seeding. Here’s a look at the complete schedule, along with the start times and TV networks carrying each game.
Monday, April 14, 2014:
7:00 PM ET:
Boston Celtics at Philadelphia 76ers (CSN, CSNHD)
Milwaukee Bucks at Toronto Raptors (TSN, FSNWI+)
Miami Heat at Washington Wizards (CSN, Sun Sports)
7:30 PM ET:
Charlotte Bobcats at Atlanta Hawks (SportSouth)
8:00 PM ET:
Orlando Magic at Chicago Bulls (FS Florida, CSN-Chicago)
San Antonio Spurs at Houston Rockets (NBATV, FSSW, CSN Houston)
Oklahoma City Thunder at New Orleans Pelicans (FSNOLA, FS Oklahoma HD)
9:00 PM ET:
Los Angeles Lakers at Utah Jazz (ROOT Sports, TWC SN/TWC D)
10:00 PM ET:
Memphis Grizzlies at Phoenix Suns (FSAZ, SportSouth)
10:30 PM ET:
Minnesota Timberwolves at Golden State Warriors (NBATV, FS North, CSN Bay Area)
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