NBA News: Player News and Updates for 4/9/14
NBA Player Updates 4/9: Nets and Rockets Win, Tonight's TV Schedule and More
April 9, 2014
The NBA eased back into action last night, with a half-dozen games on the schedule. We’ve got twice that many to look forward to today, however, so it’ll be a great night for basketball fans. Before we get settled in for the evening tip-offs, let’s take our daily look around the league and check out some of the hot-topic players.
Paul Millsap, PF, Atlanta Hawks: The No. 8 slot in the East is the Hawks’ for the taking, but they’re leaving the door cracked open for their competition. Atlanta dropped a game to the Pistons last night 95-102, despite Millsap’s valiant effort of 24 points and 12 rebounds. It was his fifth straight double-double.
Atlanta needs a big charge this week, and they’re stumbling so far. They host the Celtics tonight, then head to Brooklyn Friday and host the Heat on Saturday.
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Joe Johnson, SG, Brooklyn Nets: The Nets have already secured a spot in the playoffs, but they still had some work to do as far as making a statement against the two-time defending champs. Brooklyn overcame a bad second quarter (18-29) to post a comeback win over Miami 88-87 on the road. Johnson was the big contributor with 19 points and two rebounds.
The Florida trip concludes tonight in Orlando, then the Nets will get back home to host the Hawks on Friday. The Magic visit on Sunday.
Kevin Durant, SF, Oklahoma City Thunder: Durant is usually doing something interesting on a nightly basis, and last night was no different. He put up a nice line in a 107-92 win over Sacramento, including 23 points, four rebounds and four assists. Solid as that was, it broke his consecutive string of 25-points-plus games at 41. Durant sat out the entire fourth quarter.
A road trip to visit the Clippers is on the schedule for the Thunder tonight, then it’s back home to host the Pelicans on Friday.
Terrence Jones, PF, Houston Rockets: If you like offense in your NBA (and who doesn’t?) this was the matchup for you. The Rockets and Lakers slugged it out in a 145-130 Houston win that wasn’t as close as the scoreboard would indicate after a 49-29 third quarter. Jones came away the big scorer here, with 33 points, seven rebounds, two assists, a steal and a block to his credit.
The Rockets’ busy week continues tonight in Denver, then they’ll head to Minnesota on Friday. The week concludes with a home game against the Pelicans on Saturday.
NBA Daily Schedule: 24 teams will be in action tonight, and there are tons of potential playoff implications at work out there. Here’s a look at the complete schedule, along with the start times and TV networks carrying each game.
Wednesday, April 9, 2014:
7:00 PM ET:
Detroit Pistons at Cleveland Cavaliers (FSOhio, FS Detroit)
Brooklyn Nets at Orlando Magic (WWOR, FS Florida)
Philadelphia 76ers at Toronto Raptors (Sportsnet One, CSN)
Charlotte Bobcats at Washington Wizards (CSN, SportSouth)
7:30 PM ET:
Boston Celtics at Atlanta Hawks (CSNHD, SportSouth)
8:00 PM ET:
Miami Heat at Memphis Grizzlies (ESPN, NBATV Canada, Sun Sports)
Indiana Pacers at Milwaukee Bucks (FSI, Fox Sports Wisconsin)
Chicago Bulls at Minnesota Timberwolves: (FS North, CSN-Chicago)
Phoenix Suns at New Orleans Pelicans (FSAZ+, FSNOLA)
9:00 PM ET:
Houston Rockets at Denver Nuggets (Altitude, CSN Houston)
10:00 PM ET:
Sacramento Kings at Portland Trail Blazers (CSN-CA, CSNNWHD)
10:30 PM ET:
Oklahoma City Thunder at Los Angeles Clippers (ESPN, Sportsnet One, PRIME TICKET, FS Oklahoma HD)
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