NBA News: Player News and Updates for 11/21/13
NBA Daily Updates 11/21: Heat Win Again, Mavs Beat Rockets, Tonight's TV Schedule and More
November 21, 2013
There’s not much happening in the NBA tonight--only two games are on the schedule--but thanks to last night’s heavy slate of action, there’s still plenty to talk about. Let’s take a closer look at some of the key players and storylines around the league as we try and figure out what will be happening in the near future. Here’s the latest.
Carmelo Anthony, SF, New York Knicks: Even though they lost--and blew a late lead in the process--the Knicks can find some solace in the fact that their injury-depleted roster was able to hang with one of the best teams in the NBA. New York led for much of the game against the Pacers, but eventually wore out and fell in overtime, 103-96. Anthony posted his third double-double in the last four games with 30 points and a season-high 18 rebounds.
The Knicks have a brutal west-coast road trip coming up, but maybe it’ll do them some good to get out of the city. They’ll hit DC on Saturday before heading out to Portland on the 25th.
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LeBron James, SF, Miami Heat: James seems to be over his recent back injury, which is good news for Heat fans. He posted another pretty good statistical outing yesterday against the Magic, with 21 points, six rebounds and seven assists in the 120-92 blowout win. It seems like Miami is playing it safe with James thus far, as he’s averaging a relatively low 35.5 minutes per game in the early-going.
The 9-3 Heat have won five straight. Their next test will be Saturday at home against Orlando. Phoenix comes to town on the 25th.
Monta Ellis, PG, Dallas Mavericks: The Mavericks took last night’s Lone Star State battle, edging the Rockets 123-120. Ellis was the hero in this one, posting a season-high 37 points and eight assists, with two of his helpers coming on the Mavs’ final two scores. That’s the third time in the last four games that Ellis has posted at least 20 points.
Dallas sits at 8-4, with three straight wins under their belts. Next up is a home game against the Jazz tomorrow night, then a trip to Denver on Saturday.
Zach Randolph, PF, Memphis Grizzlies: We’ve been talking about Randolph a lot in this space over the past week or so, and looking at his stat-lines, it’s easy to see why. He posted another monster in the Grizzlies’ 88-81 overtime win over the Warriors, with 21 points and 12 rebounds. That gives Randolph five straight double-doubles.
The 7-5 Grizzlies have turned things around on their road trip, taking all four games. They’ll get back to business at home tomorrow night against the Spurs, then the Rockets come to town on the 25th.
NBA Daily Schedule: Only four teams will be out on the court tonight, but don’t worry; the action will be picking back up again tomorrow (11 games) and Saturday (10 games). Here’s a look at the schedule for tonight, as well as the start times and TV stations you can catch the games on.
Thursday, November 21, 2013:
8:00 PM ET:
Los Angeles Clippers at Oklahoma City Thunder (TNT, TSN)
10:30 PM ET:
Chicago Bulls at Denver Nuggets (TNT, TSN, WGN-TV)
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