NBA News: Player News and Updates for 12/13/13
NBA Daily Updates 12/13: Aldridge Goes Off, Nets Take Clippers, Tonight's TV Schedule and More
December 13, 2013
The NBA was pretty quiet last night, with just two games on the schedule. Things will be picking back up again this evening in a big way, however, as we’ve got 13 matchups headed our way. While we’re waiting on game-time, let’s take a look around the league at some of the compelling storylines and players out there. Here’s the latest.
Joe Johnson, SG, Brooklyn Nets: Johnson and the Nets posted a much-needed quality win at home against the Clippers last night. They blasted L.A. 36-19 in the second quarter and 27-18 in the third on their way to a 102-93 victory. Johnson led the way for Brooklyn with 21 points, two rebounds and two assists. It was his fifth double-digit scoring performance in his last six games.
Here’s what’s next for the 8-14 Nets, who have won three straight games: they’re in Detroit tonight, followed by a pair of home games against Philly (Dec. 16) and Washington (Dec. 18).
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LaMarcus Aldridge, PF, Portland Trail Blazers: Aldridge has become one of the league’s breakout players in the early-going this season, and he put up another supreme effort against the Rockets last night. He posted 31 points and 25 rebounds in a 111-104 victory, becoming the first player in franchise history to record a 30-25 outing. That’s 12 double-doubles for Aldridge so far, and it’s a good time to be a basketball fan in the Northwest.
The Blazers sit at 19-4 right now, and they’ll be heading out to a four-game road trip starting in Philadelphia tomorrow. They’ll stop in Detroit, Cleveland and Minnesota after that.
Knicks-Raptors Deal on the Way?: There have been a handful of teams who have reportedly expressed interest in Raptors guard Kyle Lowry. One of the notable squads is the Knicks, who apparently had a deal in place with Toronto yesterday before it was nixed by chairman James Dolan. The deal reportedly had the Raptors giving up Lowry for Raymond Felton, Metta World Peace and either a 2018 first-rounder, Iman Shumpert or Tim Hardaway, Jr.
The deal could still happen, but the Knicks are reportedly reluctant to give up Shumpert or Hardaway. We’ll probably get some fresh information at some point today.
NBA Daily Schedule: We’ve got quite the schedule on our hands tonight, so NBA fans will be very busy trying to keep up. Here’s a look at the complete slate, along with the start times and TV networks carrying the games.
Friday, December 13, 2013:
7:00 PM ET:
Charlotte Bobcats at Indiana Pacers (FSIHD, SSO-CHA)
Cleveland Cavaliers at Orlando Magic (FSOhio HD, FS Florida)
Philadelphia 76ers at Toronto Raptors (TSN, CSN-P)
7:30 PM ET:
Washington Wizards at Atlanta Hawks (CSN+, SportSouth)
New York Knicks at Boston Celtics (MSG, CSN-NE)
Brooklyn Nets at Detroit Pistons (YES, FS Detroit)
8:00 PM ET:
Memphis Grizzlies at New Orleans Pelicans (FSNOLA, SSO-MEM)
Los Angeles Lakers at Oklahoma City Thunder (ESPN, FS Oklahoma HD, TWC Sportsnet)
8:30 PM ET:
Chicago Bulls at Milwaukee Bucks (CSN-Chicago, FSN Wisconsin)
Minnesota Timberwolves at San Antonio Spurs (FSSW, FS North)
9:00 PM ET:
Utah Jazz at Denver Nuggets (Altitude, ROOT Sports)
Sacramento Kings at Phoenix Suns (CSN-CA, FSAZ HD)
10:30 PM ET:
Houston Rockets at Golden State Warriors (ESPN, Sportsnet One, CSNBayHD, CSN Houston)
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