NBA News: Player News and Updates for 10/5/14
NBA Player Updates 10/5: News From Around the League, Off-Season Schedule and More
October 5, 2014
With the NBA’s preseason officially off and running, it’s really starting to seem like the 2014-15 season isn’t that far off. While we’re waiting on the next round of games, let’s take a closer look at some of the notable names out there and see who’s making news.
Sources close to the team are predicting that the Warriors’ Harrison Barnes could be in for a breakout year. He’s expected to be the main beneficiary in the team’s new offense, and will be featured on some spot-up jumpers and designed cuts that should get him open looks at the basket.
Barnes’ shooting percentage dipped last season from the 44 percent he put up as a rookie, and if this new offense works as planned, he should be able to flirt with that number once again.
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Late last week, Lakers guard Nick Young suffered a sprained thumb. A little later after an MRI we learned that he sustained a torn ligament and will be sidelined for around eight weeks.
This is a huge blow to the Lakers’ backcourt, as they’ll start the season down a man. We’ll see if they can keep the ship afloat until he returns.
Speaking of teams moving on without key players, the Pacers are doing just that with injured big man Paul George. Although he hasn’t been officially deemed out for the season, the team is preparing as if they’ll be without him for the entire year.
George broke his tibia and fibula while preparing for the World Cup this summer, a freak accident that leaves the Pacers without their most important player. There’s actually little hope that he’ll be back this season, as most reports have him sidelined for 12-18 months.
The Warriors’ Nemanja Nedovic revealed this weekend that he had fractured his fifth metatarsal (foot) during the off-season, which kept him out of the FIBA World Cup this summer.
Nedovic should be healthy enough to take the court during the team’s opener on October 29.
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's been off-season, but we've had plenty of happenings (and rumors) around the league to keep us busy. Here’s a look at what we’ve got left.
October 4: Preseason begins
October 28: First game of the 2014-15 season
April 18, 2015: Playoffs begin
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