NBA News: Player News and Updates for 4/30/14
NBA Player Updates 4/30: Grizzlies and Clippers Win, Tonight's TV Schedule and More
April 30, 2014
The NBA Playoffs will be continuing tonight, as we resume what’s been an exhilarating first round of action. We’ll be seeing three more games today, but before we get into that let’s take a look at some of the headlines out there and see who’s in the news. Here’s the latest.
John Wall, PG, Washington Wizards: The Bulls just can’t seem to get over the proverbial hump in the playoffs, no matter how stacked the odds are in their favor. The latest team to overcome Chicago (who had home-court advantage) in the playoffs was the Wizards, who took the series last night 4-1 on a 75-69 victory. Wall notched 24 points, and fellow Wizard Nene tallied 20.
Chicago managed just 28 points in the second half, which attests more to their offensive difficulties than it does Washington’s defense--but they still deserve credit.
Up next, the Wizards will sit back and wait on the winner of the Pacers-Hawks series before moving on to the conference semifinals.
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Mike Conley, PG, Memphis Grizzlies: Maybe someone should tell the Grizzlies and Thunder that they can finish their games in just four quarters. The two teams played their fourth consecutive OT affair last night, which is the first time in league history that’s happened. Conley nailed the game winning lay-up, while Mike Miller drilled five three-pointers (two in the extra period) to help Memphis to a 100-99 win.
The Grizzlies now own a narrow 3-2 lead, but if this series went seven games it would surprise absolutely no one. Game 6 is tomorrow in Memphis, and if it goes the distance, they’ll be in OKC on Saturday.
DeAndre Jordan, C, Los Angeles Clippers: Fresh off the news that their owner had received a lifetime ban from the league, the Clippers took care of business on the court. Jordan led the way here, notching 25 points, 18 rebounds and four blocked shots in the 113-103 victory. Chris Paul and Blake Griffin combined for another 38 points themselves.
The Clippers are in the driver’s seat now during what’s been a difficult series on and off the court. They’re up 3-2, and the good news there is that the Game 5 winner of a 2-2 series goes on to win the whole thing 83 percent of the time.
Game 6 is Thursday; Game 7 would be Saturday in L.A.
NBA Daily Schedule: Another half-dozen teams will be in action tonight as the first round of the playoffs continues. Here’s a look at the complete schedule, along with the start times and TV networks carrying each game.
Wednesday, April 30, 2014:
7:00 PM ET:
Dallas Mavericks at San Antonio Spurs (TNT, NBATV Canada, FSSW, KTXA)
8:00 PM ET:
Brooklyn Nets at Toronto Raptors (NBATV, TSN, WWOR)
9:30 PM ET:
Portland Trail Blazers at Houston Rockets (TNT, Sportsnet One, KGWHD, CSN Houston)
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