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NBA News: Player News and Updates for 3/20/14

NBA Player Updates 3/20: Knicks and Spurs Win, Tonight's TV Schedule and More

March 20, 2014

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After a dizzying NBA schedule yesterday, we’ll be taking a bit of a break this evening, with just four matchups on the schedule. That said, we’ll still have plenty to talk about in the lead-up to tip-offs, so with that in mind let’s take our daily look at some of the headlines out there.

Rajon Rondo, PG, Boston Celtics: With LeBron James sidelined (back spasms), the road was clear for a big Celtics victory last night. That’s exactly what happened, with Rondo leading the way for his team on nine points, 10 rebounds and 15 assists to just miss a triple-double in the 101-96 victory. He’d previously taken a maintenance day on Monday against the Mavericks.
That win stops a five-game slide for the 23-46 Celtics. They’ll pick it back up in Brooklyn tomorrow night against the Nets.

NBA News: Player News and Updates for 3/20/14

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Zach Randolph, C, Memphis Grizzlies: Even though the Grizzlies held Utah to under 100 points for their 14th consecutive game against them, Memphis made things interesting down the stretch by blowing a 16-point lead. Randolph kept them in it, though, putting up 21 points and 11 rebounds in the eventual 96-86 win. It was his first double-double since March 11.
That’s two wins in a row for the 40-27 Grizzlies, but the road doesn’t get any easier this week. They’ll play in Miami tomorrow and host the Pacers on Saturday.

Carmelo Anthony, SF, New York Knicks: The Knicks are certainly on a roll right now; Maybe they’re playing extra hard for new team president Phil Jackson. In any case, they got a win over their heated rival Pacers last night, 92-86. Things got close later in the game, but Anthony (34 points; three rebounds; five assists; three steals) and company were able to avoid a season sweep at the hands of Indiana.
The Knicks (28-40) are riding a seven-game win streak but are still four games out of the No. eight spot in the East. The good news is they play in Philly tomorrow night.

Tim Duncan, PF, San Antonio Spurs: The Old Man has still got it. Duncan was a rebounding machine last night against the Lakers, helping San Antonio control the game and get the win. He pulled down 16 rebounds in the 125-109 win, which was his highest total so far this month. Duncan also added 12 points, six assists and three steals to round things out.
That’s 11 straight wins for the Spurs, who currently sit at 51-16. They’re in Sacramento tomorrow and will visit the Warriors on Saturday.

NBA Daily Schedule: Just eight teams will be out on the court tonight, but we should still see at least a couple of good games among them. Here’s a look at the complete schedule, along with the start times and TV networks carrying each game.

Thursday, March 20, 2014:

7:00 PM ET:
Oklahoma City Thunder at Cleveland Cavaliers (Sportsnet One, FSOhio, FS Oklahoma HD)

8:00 PM ET:
Minnesota Timberwolves at Houston Rockets (FS North, CSN Houston)

10:00 PM ET:
Washington Wizards at Portland Trail Blazers (CSN, CSNNWHD)

10:30 PM ET:
Milwaukee Bucks at Golden State Warriors (CSN Bay Area, Fox Sports Wisconsin)

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