NBA News: Player News and Updates for 3/13/14
NBA Player Updates 3/13: Knicks and Clippers Win, Tonight's TV Schedule and More
March 13, 2014
After a very busy stretch of games over the past week or so, the NBA will be slowing down tonight with just three matchups on the schedule. Still, we should be seeing some pretty good basketball out there this evening, and the pace will be picking up this weekend. For now, let’s take our daily look around the league and see who’s making headlines this morning.
Ty Lawson, PG, Denver Nuggets: Lawson has been quite the facilitator recently, and his string of helpful outings continued last night against the Magic. He handed out a game-high 12 assists in the 120-112 victory, adding 17 points to complete the double-double. That makes three double-doubles in the last four games for Lawson.
The win snaps a two-game slide for Denver, who stand at 28-36 on the year. Game four of their five-game trip is in Miami tomorrow evening.
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Carmelo Anthony, PF, New York Knicks: The Knicks are rolling right now, and it helps that they’re in a soft part of their schedule (but hey, they’ll take it). Anthony aided his team by scoring 34 points with nine rebounds in a 116-92 win over the Celtics on the road. He’s scored at least 25 in five of his last six games.
That’s five straight wins for a struggling Knicks team desperate for some victories. They’re 26-40 on the year. Saturday, they’ll host Milwaukee, then will take on the Pacers March 19.
Blake Griffin, PF, Los Angeles Clippers: It’s fair to say that Griffin has been on a tear this season. That trend continued last night, when he dropped 30 points and 15 rebounds on the Warriors in a 111-98 Clippers victory. That makes two consecutive games that he’s reached the 30-point mark. It’s his second double-double in his last four appearances.
The red-hot Clippers have now won nine straight games (46-20 on the year) and are the kings of L.A. They’ve got a favorable matchup looming tomorrow night when they travel to Utah.
Kobe Bryant, SG, Los Angeles Lakers: We’d be remiss if we didn’t visit with Bryant, who made headlines everywhere yesterday. His season is now officially over, confirming earlier reports that alluded to a shutdown. He’s recovering from a knee injury (a fractured lateral tibial plateau, if you want to get technical) and it’s apparently going slowly enough that the team can’t imagine a scenario in which he returns to the court this season. He’s only played in six games thanks to a pair of injuries.
The good news is that Bryant is expected to be 100 percent next year, so you can expect the Lakers to reload and max their available cap space in an effort to make one last-ditch effort at a championship run.
NBA Daily Schedule: Only six teams will be in action tonight, but the good news is that we’ve got two nationally-televised games on the schedule. Here’s a look at the full slate, along with the start times and TV networks carrying each matchup.
Thursday, March 12, 2014:
7:00 PM ET:
Houston Rockets at Chicago Bulls (TNT, TSN2, CSN-Chicago)
7:30 PM ET:
Milwaukee Bucks at Atlanta Hawks (Sportsouth, Fox Sports Wisconsin)
9:30 PM ET:
Los Angeles Lakers at Oklahoma City Thunder (TNT, TSN2, TWC SN/TWC D)
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