NBA News: Player News and Updates for 4/4/14
NBA Player Updates 4/4: Thunder and Mavericks Win, Tonight's TV Schedule and More
April 4, 2014
After nearly taking the evening off last night (just two games), the NBA is back in full effect tonight, with a whopping 14 matchups on the schedule. Before we settle in for that flurry of activity (with playoff implications all over the place), let’s take our daily look around the league and see who’s making headlines right now. Here’s the latest.
Kevin Durant, SF, Oklahoma City Thunder: The more anticipated of the two games last night was likely the Thunder-Spurs matchup that everyone was talking about in the hours leading up to tip-off. Oklahoma City was able to halt the Spurs’ epic win streak at 19 games by taking a 106-94 victory, mostly thanks to a 32-20 third quarter. Durant led the way for his team, posting 28 points, seven rebounds and three assists.
The Thunder will try to keep the good vibes flowing as they head to Houston tonight. After that, they’ll open up next week in Phoenix on Sunday.
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Dirk Nowitzki, PF, Dallas Mavericks: The Mavs are trying very hard to maintain position in the playoff seeding of the West, and last night’s victory over the Clippers went a long way toward securing their status in the postseason. Nowitzki helped keep the pace during an up-and-down fourth quarter (26-25) during the Mavericks’ 113-107 win, and he finished with 26 points and 11 rebounds to his credit. That’s his second consecutive double-double, and his third in the last five.
The Mavericks will stay in L.A. to take on the Lakers tonight. After that, it’s off to Sacramento for a Sunday game, then on to Utah for Tuesday night’s road trip finale.
Blake Griffin, PF, Los Angeles Clippers: Okay, first we’ll get to the good news. Griffin had a great night against the Mavericks, accounting for 25 points, 10 rebounds and 11 assists in 40 minutes of action. He also threw in a steal and a block for good measure during the fourth triple-double of his career. The bad news? He also tweaked his ankle during the waning seconds of the loss and left the game as a precaution.
Griffin had already been dealing with back spasms, so this new ailment really calls into question his availability for Sunday against the Lakers. We’ll keep you posted.
NBA Daily Schedule: 28 teams will be in action tonight, so it won’t be hard to find at least a handful of good games. Here’s a look at the complete schedule, along with the start times and TV networks carrying each matchup.
Friday, April 4, 2014:
7:00 PM ET:
Denver Nuggets at Memphis Grizzlies (ESPN, Altitude)
Orlando Magic at Charlotte Bobcats (FS Florida, SportSouth)
Indiana Pacers at Toronto Raptors (TSN, FSI)
7:30 PM ET:
Cleveland Cavaliers at Atlanta Hawks (FSOhio, SportSouth)
Philadelphia 76ers at Boston Celtics (CSN, CSNHD)
Detroit Pistons at Brooklyn Nets (WWOR, FS Detroit)
Minnesota Timberwolves at Miami Heat (FS North, Sun Sports)
Washington Wizards at New York Knicks (MSG, CSN)
8:00 PM ET:
Milwaukee Bucks at Chicago Bulls (WCIU, The U, Fox Sports Wisconsin)
9:00 PM ET:
New Orleans Pelicans at Utah Jazz (FSNOLA, ROOT Sports)
9:30 PM ET:
Oklahoma City Thunder at Houston Rockets (ESPN, NBATV Canada, CSN Houston, FS Oklahoma HD)
10:00 PM ET:
Phoenix Suns at Portland Trail Blazers (FSAZ, CSNNWHD)
10:30 PM ET:
Sacramento Kings at Golden State Warriors (CSN-CA, CSN Bay Area)
Dallas Mavericks at Los Angeles Lakers (FSSW, TWC SN/TWC D)
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