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NBA News: Player News and Updates for 12/28/13

NBA Daily Updates 12/28: Curry's Triple-Double, LeBron's Injury, Tonight's TV Schedule and More

December 28, 2013

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We’ll be knee-deep in NBA action in the next few hours, as there are a full dozen matchups on the schedule today. While we’re getting settled in and waiting for the tip-offs, let’s take a closer look at some of the news-making players out there and see what everyone’s up to. Here’s the latest.

Russell Westbrook, PG, Oklahoma City Thunder: We’d be remiss if we didn’t talk about Westbrook this morning, as his name was on the lips of every NBA pundit in the world yesterday. Late in the afternoon, it was reported that he’d undergone surgery on his right knee, which was his third procedure in the last nine months. Apparently he’d been dealing with some swelling issues recently but had been playing through the pain.
Westbrook will be out at least seven weeks, and could return sometime after the All-Star break. Reggie Jackson will likely be picking up the slack while he’s out.

NBA News: Player News and Updates for 12/28/13

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LeBron James, SF, Miami Heat: It seems like the big-name NBA stars have been dropping like flies this season--and now James has been hit with the injury bug. He suffered a groin strain in last night’s overtime loss to the Kings, and his status for this evening’s big matchup against Portland is now in question.
That said, James passed up Larry Bird and Gary Payton on the all-time NBA scoring list, and now ranks 29th all-time with 21,819 points. 33 of them (plus eight rebounds and eight assists) came in last night’s loss.

Stephen Curry, PG, Golden State Warriors: Curry is a player who can break out for a huge statistical night at any given time, and that’s exactly what he did against Phoenix yesterday. He put up 14 points, 13 rebounds and 16 assists in the 115-86 win, which was his second triple-double of the season. The only real blemish in Curry’s line was his seven turnovers, which was the most he’s had since coughing it up eight times on Dec. 11.
The Warriors have won four straight and now sit at 18-13. They’ll embark on a lengthy seven-game road trip starting tomorrow in Cleveland.

Carmelo Anthony, SF, New York Knicks: While we’re visiting injured NBA stars this morning, let’s take a look at Anthony. He missed his second straight game last night due to a sprained ankle, and New York consequently dropped to 4-12 at home on the year after falling 83-95 to the Raptors. The Knicks blew a pair of double-digit leads during the game and have no go-to player with Anthony out. On the bright side, rookie Tim Hardaway, Jr. continues to play well--he had 15 points.
Carmelo is expected to miss the Knicks’ game tonight as well, which is the second half of a home-and-home in Toronto.

NBA Daily Schedule: 24 teams will be out on the court today, so there’s a very good chance you’ll be able to find a team you love (or hate). Here’s a look at the full schedule, along with the start times and TV networks carrying the games.

Saturday, December 28, 2013:

1:00 PM ET:
Cleveland Cavaliers at Boston Celtics (CSN-NE, FSOhio HD)

7:00 PM ET:
Brooklyn Nets at Indiana Pacers (NBATV, YES, FSIHD)
New York Knicks at Toronto Raptors (TSN2, MSG)
Detroit Pistons at Washington Wizards (CSN, FS Detroit Plus)

7:30 PM ET:
Charlotte Bobcats at Atlanta Hawks (SSO-CHA, SportSouth)

8:00 PM ET:
Dallas Mavericks at Chicago Bulls (FSSW-DAL, CSN-Chicago)
New Orleans Pelicans at Houston Rockets (FSNOLA, CSN Houston)
Denver Nuggets at Memphis Grizzlies (SSO-MEM, Altitude)

8:30 PM ET:
Minnesota Timberwolves at Milwaukee Bucks (FS North, FSN Wisconsin)

9:00 PM ET:
Philadelphia 76ers at Phoenix Suns (CSN-P, FSAZ HD)

10:00 PM ET:
Miami Heat at Portland Trail Blazers (KGWHD, SunSpM)

10:30 PM ET:
Utah Jazz at Los Angeles Clippers (ROOT Sports, PRIME TICKET)

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