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NBA News: Player News and Updates for 2/28/14

NBA Player Updates 2/28: Nets, LeBron's Mask, Tonight's TV Schedule and More

February 28, 2014

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We’re coming off a pretty quiet night in the NBA (four games), but we’ve got seven more matchups to look forward to this evening. Before we settle in and await those tip-offs, let’s take our daily look at the newsmakers around the league and see what’s happening out there. Here’s the latest.

Roy Hibbert, C, Indiana Pacers: It’s been a while since Hibbert has had a 20-10 game, but he managed that feat last night against Milwaukee. He finished with 24 points and 12 rebounds in the 101-96 win, giving him his 14th double-double of the year so far.
That makes three straight wins for the Pacers, giving them a 44-13 record overall. They’ll head out to Boston tomorrow before returning home for a two-game set next week.

NBA News: Player News and Updates for 2/28/14

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John Wall, PG, Washington Wizards: Last night’s barn-burner belonged to the Wizards and Raptors. It took three overtime periods to decide a winner, and thanks to Wall it was Washington. He put up 31 points and nine assists in the 134-129 win, which was his first time breaking 30 since February 7.
The Wizards are on a bit of a roll right now, winning five straight games. They’re 30-28 overall this season, and will try to improve on that in Philadelphia tomorrow.

LeBron James, SF, Miami Heat: You’re sure to see pictures of James’ new protective mask--which he debuted last night against the Knicks--all over the internet today. His Batman-looking gear apparently helped, as LeBron put up 31 points, four rebounds and four assists in a dominant 108-82 win over a floundering New York squad. It was his fifth straight appearance with at least 30 points.
The Heat have now won six straight, and are sitting pretty at 41-14. There are two more games left in this current home-stand, starting tomorrow against Orlando.

Paul Pierce, SF, Brooklyn Nets: The Nets were able to take care of business against Denver last night, thanks in large part to Pierce. He put up a game-high 18 points in the 112-89 win, adding six rebounds and one assist to round things out. He’s put up double-digit points in five of his last seven outings.
The Nets have been alternating wins with losses ever since Feb. 12, and they’re 27-29 so far. They’ll finish off this lengthy road trip tomorrow in Milwaukee.

NBA Daily Schedule: 14 teams will be in action tonight, so it should be a pretty good day for basketball fans. Here’s a look at the complete schedule, along with the start times and TV networks carrying each game.

Friday, February 28, 2014:

7:30 PM ET:
Utah Jazz at Cleveland Cavaliers (FSOhio, ROOT Sports)

8:00 PM ET:
Memphis Grizzlies at Oklahoma City Thunder (SportSouth, FS Oklahoma HD)
Golden State Warriors at New York Knicks (ESPN, TSN2, MSG, CSN Bay Area)

8:30 PM ET:
Chicago Bulls at Dallas Mavericks (FSSW, CSN-Chicago)
Charlotte Bobcats at San Antonio Spurs (FSSW, SportSouth)

10:30 PM ET:
Sacramento Kings at Los Angeles Lakers (News10, TWC SN/TWC D)
New Orleans Pelicans at Phoenix Suns (ESPN, TSN2, FSAZ)

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