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NBA News: Player News and Updates for 4/26/14

NBA Player Updates 4/26: Rockets and Nets Win, Tonight's TV Schedule and More

April 26, 2014

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After a week of three-game playoff sets each night, the NBA will be dialing it up a notch as we kick off the weekend action. We’ve got four matchups to look forward to today, so make sure you get your spot on the couch reserved. In the meantime, let’s take our daily look around the league and see who’s making news out there.

Joe Johnson, SF, Brooklyn Nets: The Nets had a 15-point lead on the Raptors and they almost gave it away. The team was able to hold it together after a late Toronto charge last night, however, thanks in large part to Johnson. He provided a team-high 29 points, including 3-for-4 from three-point range in a 102-98 Nets victory.
Brooklyn now has a 2-1 lead in the series, and will host Game 4 tomorrow. Wednesday Game 5 goes back to Toronto.

NBA News: Player News and Updates for 4/26/14

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Mike Dunleavy, SF, Chicago Bulls: Dunleavy really wasn’t a name we expected to be championing this morning, but he really deserves some praise. He was lethal from behind the three-point line last night, nailing eight threes on the way to 35 points in the Bulls’ 100-97 victory over the Wizards. Jimmy Butler also drilled a couple of key triples late in the game to help Chicago gain a much-needed win and pull to 1-2 in the series.
A Nene ejection was huge in this one, so we’ll see how that affects the teams’ play in Game 4. That one’s tomorrow in DC; Game 5 will be Tuesday in Chicago.

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James Harden, SG, Houston Rockets: Last night’s lone OT game belonged to the Rockets and Blazers. Harden was one of the key players for Houston (as usual), notching 37 points, nine rebounds and six assists in the 121-116 victory, a game which the Rockets simply had to have. Big man Dwight Howard also added 24 points and 14 rebounds in a critical effort.
The Rockets still trail in this series 1-2, but now they’re back in it. Game 4 is tomorrow, and they’ll try to even things up. Game 5 will be Wednesday.

NBA Daily Schedule: Eight teams will be in action today and tonight, which will give us basketball fans plenty to do in the coming hours. Here’s a look at the complete schedule, along with the start times and TV networks carrying each game.

Saturday, April 26, 2014:

2:00 PM ET:
Indiana Pacers at Atlanta Hawks (TNT, SportSouth)

4:30 PM ET:
San Antonio Spurs at Dallas Mavericks (TNT, FSSW, KTXA)

7:00 PM ET:
Miami Heat at Charlotte Bobcats (ESPN, SportSouth, Sun Sports)

9:30 PM ET:
Oklahoma City Thunder at Memphis Grizzlies (ESPN, SportSouth, FS Oklahoma HD)

For the latest article updates, follow Andrew on Twitter @SCPAndrew.

 

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