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NBA News: Player News and Updates for 12/25/13

NBA Daily Updates 12/25: Injury Issues, Today's TV Schedule and More

December 25, 2013

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The NBA will be kicking back into gear today, with a packed schedule of Christmas Day games on the slate. Ten teams will be in action, and the matchups will be spread out evenly across the day. Before we get settled in and wait for the tip-offs, let’s take a closer look at some of the noteworthy players and happenings out there. Here’s the latest.

Today’s Injury Concerns: We’ll know a little more once we get closer to game time in each of today’s five matchups, but for now let’s take a look at the players on each team who are going into their games as injury liabilities.

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NBA News: Player News and Updates for 12/25/13

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Brooklyn Nets: Andrei Kirilenko (back); Deron Williams (ankle)
Chicago Bulls: Jimmy Butler (ankle); Luol Deng (Achilles); Kirk Hinrich (back)
Houston Rockets: James Harden (ankle); Greg Smith (knee)
Los Angeles Clippers: Reggie Bullock (ankle)
Los Angeles Lakers: Pau Gasol (eye); Jordan Farmar (hamstring)
New York Knicks: Carmelo Anthony (ankle); Raymond Felton (groin)
San Antonio Spurs: Cory Joseph (illness)

Current NBA Leaders: Considering yesterday’s empty schedule, it’s a good time to take a step back and examine some of the statistical trends in the NBA. We’ve seen some strong performances so far--and things are bound to change many times over before the year is out. That said, let’s glance at the current leaders in some of the key categories out there.

Points Per Game: Kevin Durant, OKC (28.1)
Rebounds Per Game: Kevin Love, MIN (13.9)
Field Goal %: DeAndre Jordan, LAC (64.5)
Assists Per Game: Chris Paul, LAC (11.3)
3-Point Field Goal %: Kyle Korver, ATL (52.1)
Steals Per Game: Ricky Rubio, MIN (2.68)
Blocks Per Game: Anthony Davis, NOP (3.16)

NBA Christmas Day Schedule: We’ve only been without the NBA for a day, but it seems like quite a bit longer. The great matchups should make for a nice way to spend time in front of the TV with family today. Let’s take a look at the 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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