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NBA News: Player News and Updates for 12/20/13

NBA Daily Updates 12/20: Kobe, Durant, Tonight's TV Schedule and More

December 20, 2013

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NBA fans will have a busy evening in store tonight, as there are nine games on the upcoming schedule. It’s quite an up-tick from last night’s thin two-game slate, so make sure you clear your evening plans. While we’re waiting on tip-offs, let’s take a closer look at some of the noteworthy names out there who are making headlines this morning. Here’s the latest.

Kobe Bryant, SG, Los Angeles Lakers: We’d be remiss if we didn’t talk about Kobe a little bit this morning, so here it is. Lakers fans got some awful news yesterday when it was announced that Bryant would be missing the next six weeks with a knee injury--a fractured lateral tibial plateau to be precise. Speculation dictates he suffered the injury on Tuesday against the Grizzlies.
In Bryant’s absence, we’ll be seeing a platoon of bench players taking up the minutes. Seeing as how all three of the Lakers’ point guards are dealing with injuries, we’re in for some odd-looking matchups. Get used to seeing more of Nick Young, Xavier Henry, Wesley Johnson and Jodie Meeks.

NBA News: Player News and Updates for 12/20/13

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Kevin Durant, SF, Oklahoma City Thunder: After an up-and-down first half, the Thunder took control of last night’s game against the Bulls with a 29-20 third quarter. They’d go on to take the victory 107-95. Durant did his part as usual, coming up with 32 points, nine rebounds and six assists. He’s hit the 30-point mark six times in his last nine games.
The Thunder have won eight in a row and currently sit at 21-4. They’re in San Antonio tomorrow, then host Toronto on Sunday. On Christmas Day, they’ll head to New York to take on the Knicks.

Marco Belinelli, SG, San Antonio Spurs: The Spurs came up with an impressive 104-102 victory over the Warriors last night, and even more impressive was the fact that they did it without Tim Duncan, Manu Ginobili or Tony Parker. A late tip-in secured the victory, and when the dust settled Belinelli came up with a season-high 28 points to lead the way for the Spurs. That total included 4-of-8 from downtown and 4-of-4 from the line.
The 21-5 Spurs have won six of their last seven games. Their upcoming three-game home-stand goes as such: tomorrow against the Thunder, Monday against the Raptors and Christmas Day against the Rockets.

NBA Daily Schedule: 18 teams will be in action this evening, so there’s a good chance NBA fans can find a few good matchups out there. Here’s a look at the complete schedule, along with the start times and TV networks carrying the games.

Friday, December 20, 2013:

7:00 PM ET:
Brooklyn Nets at Philadelphia 76ers (YES, CSN-P)

7:30 PM ET:
Utah Jazz at Atlanta Hawks (SportSouth, ROOT Sports)
Milwaukee Bucks at Cleveland Cavaliers (FSOhio HD, FSN Wisconsin)
Charlotte Bobcats at Detroit Pistons (SSO-CHA, FS Detroit)
Sacramento Kings at Miami Heat (CSN-CA, SunSpM)

8:00 PM ET:
Houston Rockets at Indiana Pacers (ESPN, FSIHD, CSN Houston)

8:30 PM ET:
Toronto Raptors at Dallas Mavericks (Sportsnet One, FSSW-DAL)

9:00 PM ET:
Phoenix Suns at Denver Nuggets (FSAZ HD, Altitude)

10:30 PM ET:
Minnesota Timberwolves at Los Angeles Lakers (ESPN, FS North, TWC Sportsnet)

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