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NBA News: Player News and Updates for 10/18/14

NBA Player Updates 10/18: News From Around the League

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The NBA regular-season countdown stands at just 10 days, and with each passing week the anticipation ratchets up another notch. With that said, let’s take our daily look around the league and see which players are making headlines out there right now. Here’s the latest.

Yesterday morning, word broke that the Celtics and Pistons were involved in a trade. The deal included a swap of center Joel Anthony for point guard Will Bynum.
Anthony posted just 0.8 PPG and 1.2 RPG last season. Bynum posted averages of 8.7 PPG and 3.9 APG.

NBA News: Player News and Updates for 10/18/14

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Late this week, we got some extra information on injured Nets center Brook Lopez. He’ll be out up to two weeks after sustaining a mid-foot sprain during the team’s preseason game against the Kings on Wednesday.
The good news here is that there’s no fracture or bone damage, so he should be able to make a full recovery fairly quickly. The official timetable here is 10-14 days.

The Warriors’ Brandon Rush had to come out of yesterday’s game due to back spasms. He missed the whole second half, but before he left had four points in nine minutes of action.

The Hornets’ Kemba Walker was able to get back on the court yesterday. He put in an unexpectedly long 30-minute shift, posting 16 points overall.

Similarly, the Wizards’ Drew Gooden managed to return to action yesterday. He’d been out with a hamstring issue. Gooden posted 17 minutes in last night’s action and scored a half-dozen points.

We should be seeing the Rockets’ Dwight Howard back at it tomorrow. The team believes he’ll be able to play in Sunday’s game, but stopped short of saying for sure.
Howard has been sidelined with knee issues lately, but seems like he’s on track for the regular season at least.

The Mavericks’ Monta Ellis was able to get back to it yesterday. He’d missed out on the team’s previous two games thanks to a knee injury. He scored 13 points in 31 minutes with eight helpers.

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 long 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

For the latest article updates, follow Andrew on Twitter @SCPAndrew.

 

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