NBA News: Player News and Updates for 12/12/14
NBA Player Updates 12/12: The Latest News from Around the League, Tonight's TV Schedule and More
December 12, 2014
After a pretty slow evening in the NBA last night, the league is putting its proverbial foot back on the gas pedal this evening. We’ve got an even dozen matchups to look forward to, but in the meantime there’s plenty of news to cover first. Let’s check out what’s happening in today’s headlines.
Cavaliers-Thunder: A bit of the luster was off last night’s Thunder-Cavaliers game, as LeBron James decided to sit out due to soreness in his left knee. That absence ended up hurting Cleveland, as their eight-game win streak came to an end with a 103-94 Thunder victory.
Russell Westbrook led the way here with 26 points on a 12-of-24 line. He also had eight assists and seven rebounds. Kevin Durant pitched in with 19 points of his own.
Kyrie Irving put up 20 on the other side, but also shot just 7-of-21 from the floor. Kevin Love and Tristan Thompson both doubled up in the loss. Love managed 18 points and 16 rebounds, while Thompson posted 14 points and 13 boards.
This was the Thunder’s sixth win in the last seven games.
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Rockets-Kings: Last night’s only other game was an overtime affair between the Rockets and the Kings. Houston came out on top here 113-109, thanks to a big effort by James Harden. He scored a season-high 44--10 of those in overtime--and nailed a clutch three-pointer to tie the game late in regulation. That said, he shot only 10-of-27 in the first four quarters, so his shot wasn’t falling as usual.
Trevor Ariza (15 points) and Patrick Beverley (15 points; 10 rebounds) also helped out.
As for the Kings, Darren Collison posted 24 points and Ben McLemore had 21. This was their seventh loss in their last nine games.
Neither Dwight Howard or DeMarcus Cousins was playing in this game.
Also sitting out last night’s game was the Kings’ Omri Casspi. He got an MRI yesterday, which revealed he’s dealing with inflammation in his injured knee.
That’s good news for the Kings, as it means his condition isn’t serious. Casspi has missed three straight games now.
NBA Daily Schedule: Here’s a look at the upcoming games in the 2014-15 NBA season, including the start times and TV networks where you can catch each matchup.
Friday, December 12, 2014:
7:00 PM ET:
Portland Trail Blazers at Chicago Bulls (ESPN, CSNNWHD, CSN-CHICAGO)
Los Angeles Clippers at Washington Wizards (CSN, PRIME TICKET)
7:30 PM ET:
Orlando Magic at Atlanta Hawks (SPORTSOUTH, FS FLORIDA)
New York Knicks at Boston Celtics (MSG, CSNHD)
Philadelphia 76ers at Brooklyn Nets (CSN, YES)
Indiana Pacers at Toronto Raptors (TSN, FSI)
8:00 PM ET:
Charlotte Hornets at Memphis Grizzlies (SPORTSOUTH)
Oklahoma City Thunder at Minnesota Grizzlies (FS NORTH, FS OKLAHOMA HD)
Cleveland Cavaliers at New Orleans Pelicans (FSOHIO, FSNOLA)
9:00 PM ET:
Detroit Pistons at Phoenix Suns (FSAZ, FS DETROIT PLUS)
Miami Heat at Utah Jazz (ROOT, SUN SPORTS)
9:30 PM ET:
Los Angeles Lakers at San Antonio Spurs (ESPN, KENS HD, TWC SN/TWC D)
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