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NBA News: Player News and Updates for 2/12/14

NBA Player Updates 2/12: Noah, Deng, Tonight's TV Schedule and More

February 12, 2014

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NBA News: Player News and Updates for 2/12/14

Matt Marton-USA TODAY Sports

We’ve got a busy, busy evening coming up in the NBA tonight, with a whopping 13 games on the schedule. There will be plenty to see in the coming hours, so in the meantime let’s take our daily look at some of the noteworthy players in the league and see who’s making headlines this morning. Here’s the latest.

Al Jefferson, C, Charlotte Bobcats: The Bobcats used a big second quarter (30-18) to overcome the Mavericks last night. Jefferson had his usual heavy hand in the victory, with 30 points and eight rebounds in the 114-89 win. It was just the Bobcats’ second victory all-time over the Mavericks. They’re just 2-17 against Dallas in 10 years.
That’s four wins in the past six games for the Cats, who hold a 23-29 record so far. Up next are two road games book-ending the break, starting tonight in Brooklyn.

Luol Deng, SF, Cleveland Cavaliers: Deng had been on a major downturn over his past few games, but he was able to turn things around last night against the Kings. He put up 22 points in the 109-99 win, nailing 9 of 17 shots from the field while adding three rebounds and four assists. It was a sharp contrast to Deng’s three points in 24 minutes against the Lakers. (But to be fair, he’s been battling injury and illness lately.)
That’s three straight wins for the Cavs, who are 19-33 so far this year. They’re also playing consecutive bookend road games, with tonight in Detroit being first.

Joakim Noah, C, Chicago Bulls: Let’s visit Deng’s former team the Bulls for a moment and check out Noah, who was just crazy last night against the Hawks. He put up 19 points, 16 rebounds and 11 assists in a 100-85 win, which was his fourth triple-double in his career. The 11 assists match a season-high, and the 16 rebounds are tied for his most this month.
That makes wins in three of four games for the Bulls, who are back over .500 at 26-25. They’ll host Brooklyn tomorrow night before breaking for All-Star weekend.

Kevin Durant, SF, Oklahoma City Thunder: In one of last night’s nail-biters--and most anticipated games--the Thunder took care of Portland with a game-ending push that put them on top 98-95. Durant was his usual self, providing 36 points, 10 rebounds, two assists and a steal--but he also coughed it up eight times.
OKC has now won four of five, and are the proud owners of a 42-12 record this season. They’re in L.A. (Lakers) tomorrow night before the break.

NBA Daily Schedule: 26 teams will be out on the court tonight, so NBA fans will have to budget their time wisely. Here’s a look at the complete schedule, along with the start times and TV networks carrying each game.

Wednesday, February 12, 2014:

7:00 PM ET:
Dallas Mavericks at Indiana Pacers (FSI, FSSW)
Memphis Grizzlies at Orlando Magic (FS Florida, SportSouth)
Atlanta Hawks at Toronto Raptors (TSN2, SportSouth)

7:30 PM ET:
San Antonio Spurs at Boston Celtics (FSSW, CSNHD)
Charlotte Bobcats at Brooklyn Nets (YES, SportSouth)
Cleveland Cavaliers at Detroit Pistons (FSOhio, FS Detroit)
Sacramento Kings at New York Knicks (NBATV, MSG, CSN-CA)

8:00 PM ET:
Washington Wizards at Houston Rockets (CSN, CSN Houston)
New Orleans Pelicans at Milwaukee Bucks (FSNOLA, Fox Sports Wisconsin)
Denver Nuggets at Minnesota Timberwolves (FS North, Altitude)

9:00 PM ET:
Philadelphia 76ers at Utah Jazz (CSN, ROOT Sports)

10:30 PM ET:
Miami Heat at Golden State Warriors (NBATV, Sun Sports, CSN Bay Area)
Portland Trail Blazers at Los Angeles Clippers (CSNNWHD, PRIME TICKET)

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