NBA News: Player News and Updates for 12/24/13
NBA Daily Updates 12/24: Randolph Dominates, Pacers Win Again, Tomorrow's TV Schedule and More
December 24, 2013
The NBA will be taking the day off today; There are no games on the schedule. That makes it a good time for basketball fans to take stock of the year so far and try to figure out where their teams are headed as the season really gets into gear. That said, let’s take a look at a few of the noteworthy names out there and see who’s making headlines today.
Carmelo Anthony, PF, New York Knicks: Even when things go well for the Knicks this season, things go badly. First, the good news: New York posted a 103-98 victory over the Magic last night, holding off Orlando after blowing a 25-point lead in the third. The bad news is that the team lost Anthony to a sprained ankle, and also the newly-returned Raymond Felton to a groin injury. We’ll have to watch for any injury updates out of New York, as we’re still unsure of each player’s status for tomorrow against the Thunder.
The Knicks have won four of their last seven and stand at 9-18 right now. After OKC, they’ll host Toronto on the 27th.
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Paul George, SF, Indiana Pacers: George and the gang didn’t have too much trouble with Brooklyn last night. They posted a 103-86 win on the strength of a 30-19 third quarter, with George contributing 26 points, six rebounds and five assists. That gives him four games in a row with at least 24 scored.
That’s three wins in a row for the 23-5 Pacers. Here’s a look a their upcoming schedule: home against the Nets on the 28th, home against the Cavs on the 31st, and in Toronto on Jan. 1.
Dirk Nowitzki, PF, Dallas Mavericks: Last night’s intrastate battle between Dallas and Houston was won by the Mavs, and Nowitzki led the way. He hoisted 31 points, six rebounds, three assists and two blocks in the 111-104 victory, which is his fifth consecutive game with at least 20 points and six rebounds.
The 16-12 Mavericks have won three of their last five games. They’re at home against the Spurs on Thursday, then will start a three-game road trip in Chicago on Dec. 28.
Zach Randolph, PF, Memphis Grizzlies: Randolph continues to impress this season, and he’s been putting the team on his back in their victories recently. He led the Grizzlies in all three major categories against Utah with 22 points, 10 rebounds and seven assists for yet another double-double. Memphis would take the game 104-94.
After a five-game losing streak, the Grizzlies have won two in a row. They’ll try to keep their streak going in Houston on Thursday.
NBA Christmas Day Schedule: We’ll have to wait until tomorrow to get our NBA fix, but the great matchups should make for a nice way to spend time in front of the TV with family. Let’s take an early look at tomorrow’s schedule and see what we’ve got to look forward to.
Wednesday, December 25, 2013:
12:00 PM ET:
Chicago Bulls at Brooklyn Nets (ESPN, YES, WGN-TV)
2:30 PM ET:
Oklahoma City Thunder at New York Knicks (ABC)
5:00 PM ET:
Miami Heat at Los Angeles Lakers (ABC)
8:00 PM ET:
Houston Rockets at San Antonio Spurs (ESPN, CW35, CSN Houston)
10:30 PM ET:
Los Angeles Clippers at Golden State Warriors (ESPN, CSNBayHD, PRIME TICKET)
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