NBA News: Player News and Updates for 9/15/14
NBA Player Updates 9/15: News From Around the League, Off-Season Schedule and More
September 15, 2014
Now that the World Cup is all finished up, we can focus our attentions on the impending NBA season. We’ve got plenty to talk about as we lead up to the training camps and preseason, so with that in mind let’s take our daily look around the league and see who’s making news today.
World Cup Wrap-Up: The big news today is obviously the huge win from Team USA in the gold-medal round of the World Cup yesterday afternoon. The Americans routed the Serbian team 129-92 in the ultimate matchup of the tournament, finishing off an amazing run that saw them beating each opponent by at least 20 points--no team has ever done that before.
Kyrie Irving was the catalyst for the US, posting a perfect 6-of-6 from outside en route to 26 points overall. The result was a USA repeat as world champs for the first time.
Backing up Irving on offense was James Harden, who posted 23 points as part of a crazy 11-for-16 three-point first-half barrage.
This was a sensational win for the Americans, who endured withdraws from Kevin Love, Blake Griffin and Kevin Durant this summer, and also lost Paul George to a gruesome injury.
That said, the core of the US stuck around, pushing through a World Cup tournament in which not many gave them a fighting chance. Their main competition was supposedly the Spanish team, who was eliminated a few days before what would have been an ultimate showdown.
The US has now won 63 straight games in international competition and gets an automatic qualifying bid to the 2016 Olympics in Brazil. That team could boast a few additional stars, but for the moment the Americans can bask in the fact that they’ve won five world titles overall. (Yugoslavia has also won five.)
Statistically, this team was better than the storied “Dream Team” of Olympic glory, but they won’t get nearly as much credit. What they get, the surely deserve.
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USA World Cup Schedule: Here’s a look at Team USA’s dominating run through the World Cup, complete with dates and final scores.
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 (W 129-92)
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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