NBA News: Player News and Updates for 9/14/14
NBA Player Updates 9/14: News From Around the League, Off-Season Schedule and More
September 14, 2014
Today’s the big day. At 3:00 PM ET, the USA team will be playing for the gold medal in this year’s World Cup, and it should be a great game. In the meantime while we’re waiting for that ultimate matchup to tip off, let’s take a closer look at some of the notable storylines happening out there in the basketball world.
World Cup Bronze-Medal Game: Yesterday, we found out who the bronze-medal finishers in this year’s World Cup would be (and consequently the medal-less fourth-place finishers as well). As it turned out, France was able to edge the Lithuanian team in a thrilling finish 95-93 to take the bronze at third place, and they had to come from behind to do it.
Entering the fourth quarter, Lithuania held a seven-point lead. Late in the period, they were up by three with only three minutes left in the game.
Boris Diaw posted a pair of lay-ups to put the French on top, however, and they were able to hold on and get the win. Nicolas Batum led the way for his team with a game-high 27 points.
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World Cup Gold-Medal Game Outlook: In the final game of this year’s World Cup, the US team knows what they have to do.
It looks like a mismatch when you just glance at the rosters. The Serbian team doesn’t have any NBA players in its lineup, and going up against a stacked American squad doesn’t exactly bode well for them.
Still, they’ve displayed quite a bit of tenacity in getting to the gold-medal game. Serbian guard Milos Teodosic will need some extra attention, as he’s been an offensive catalyst for his team over the past few games. That defensive responsibility will likely fall to Klay Thompson for the most part. Kyrie Irving, Steph Curry and James Harden will carry the burden as well.
The Serbians also have another potential troublemaker in Bogdan Bogdanovic, who has aided the team in scoring late during this tournament.
All things considered, the US team is a heavy favorite going into this one. Still, they’ll have to pull out all the stops against an opponent that’s loose and comfortable in the Palacio de los Deportes arena; Serbia could surprise everyone with a strong performance.
USA World Cup Schedule: With the World Cup tipping off, it’s time to start checking out the first round of games. Here’s a quick look at the Americans’ schedule for the opening matchups.
August 30: USA-Finland 3:30 PM ET (W 114-55)
August 31: USA-Turkey 3:30 PM ET (W 98-77)
September 2: USA-New Zealand 11:30 AM ET (W 98-71)
September 3: USA-Dominican Republic 3:30 PM ET (W 106-71)
September 4: USA-Ukraine 11:30 AM ET (W 95-71)
September 6: USA-Mexico 10:00 AM ET (W 86-63)
September 9: USA-Slovenia 3:00 PM ET (W 119-76)
September 11: USA-Lithuania 3:00 PM ET (W 96-68)
September 14: USA-Serbia 3:00 PM ET
NBA Daily Schedule: Let’s start looking forward to the upcoming 2014-15 NBA regular season. Here’s a look at opening night on October 28.
Tuesday, October 28, 2014:
8:00 PM ET:
Orlando Magic at New Orleans Pelicans
Dallas Mavericks at San Antonio Spurs (TNT)
10:30 PM ET:
Houston Rockets at Los Angeles Lakers (TNT)
NBA 2014 Off-Season Schedule: It’ll be a long off-season, but we’ll have plenty of happenings (and rumors) around the league to keep us busy. Here’s a look at what we’ve got left.
October 4: Pre-season begins
October 28: First game of the 2014-15 season
April 18, 2015: Playoffs begin
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