NBA News: Player News and Updates for 10/8/14
NBA Player Updates 10/8: News From Around the League, Off-Season Schedule and More
October 8, 2014
The NBA preseason continues to chug along, and with each passing day we’re getting closer to the 2014-15 regular season. The countdown stands at 20 days, but in the meantime let’s take our daily look around the league and see which players are making headlines out there.
Washington center Kris Humphries will be out for the team’s next two preseason games after suffering a laceration on his hand during the Monday game against the Bulls. He sliced himself open on the rim while trying to block a shot and required eight stitches to correct the damage.
In the meantime, Humphries will be doing workouts and conditioning drills in an effort to stay fit while he heals up.
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This year will be a big one for Mavericks forward Jae Crowder. The early speculation has him hitting the open market after this season, and his potential value could hinge heavily on how he plays during 2014-15.
If Crowder can take another step forward, he’ll improve on the 16.1 MPG average he posted last year. In that span he averaged 4.6 PPG and 2.5 RPG.
How well will longtime veteran Kevin Garnett hold up over the course of the season? That’s going to be a big question mark for the Nets this year, as coach Lionel Hollins is already planning on giving the big man a larger role.
This seems to be a fluid situation, and there’s really no concrete number that’s been set on Garnett’s activity. Hollins says he won’t be putting a minutes restriction on his veteran, so this might be something of a play-it-by-ear situation for Brooklyn.
The early indications this season are that the Trail Blazers will be relying heavily on third-year man Meyers Leonard. The team is expecting him to fill a hybrid PF-C role, and the coaching staff has already been giving heaps of praise to his versatility.
Leonard’s numbers so far (4.4 PPG; 3.4 RPG) paint a different picture, but if he can step up like the team wants him to we should see a surge in his contributions.
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: Preseason begins
October 28: First game of the 2014-15 season
April 18, 2015: Playoffs begin
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