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NBA News: Player News and Updates for 10/20/14

NBA Player Updates 10/20: News From Around the League

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The countdown to the NBA regular season stands at just eight days; at this time next week we’ll be talking about all the great matchups taking place the following night. In the meantime, there’s plenty of news to go over, so let’s take a quick look at the headlines and see who everyone’s talking about this morning.

Kobe Bryant seems to be tuning up pretty well. In his 31 minutes yesterday against the Jazz, he managed 26 points with three rebounds and five assists. Most of his damage was done at the line, where he went 9-of-11; Bryant was only 7-of-22 from the field and 3-of-7 from three-point range.
Helping out the cause was Carlos Boozer, who logged 19 points in 27 minutes, posting a 7-of-7 mark from the line and 6-of-12 from the field. He also hauled in nine rebounds.

NBA News: Player News and Updates for 10/20/14

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The NBA was tinkering with things yesterday, as the highly-publicized 44-minute game took place between the Celtics and Nets. It was a way to see how 11-minute quarters (as opposed to the usual 12 minutes) would impact the flow of the game. There was also a reduction in timeouts from three to two during the second and fourth quarters.
The end result was a game that took one hour and 58 minutes, as opposed to the league average of two hours and 15 minutes.
Whether or not the league decides to play around with this concept further remains to be seen.

The Timberwolves announced yesterday that they’d picked up the third-year options on Anthony Bennett, Gorgui Dieng and Shabazz Muhammad. Bennett came over from the Cavaliers in August. He’s coming off 4.2 PPG and 3.0 RPG averages. Dieng played in 60 games last year with averages of 4.8 PPG and 5.0 RPG. As for Muhammad, he averaged 3.9 PPG and 1.4 RPG last year with the T-Wolves.

In other transaction news, The Kings picked up the 2015-16 option for guard Ben McLemore yesterday.
As a rookie last year, McLemore averaged 8.8 PPG and 2.9 RPG in his 26.7 minutes.
Sacramento also waived Sim Bhullar, Deonte Burton and David Wear to pare their roster to 15.

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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