NBA News: Player News and Updates for 4/15/14
NBA Player Updates 4/15: Bulls and Grizzlies Win, Tonight's TV Schedule and More
April 15, 2014
The NBA will be easing back a bit tonight, with just two games on the schedule. Tomorrow, we’ll see the real jockeying for position, as there are a few wrinkles to work out as far as playoff positioning on the league’s final regular-season day. In the meantime, let’s check out the latest NBA news out there.
Al Jefferson, C, Charlotte Bobcats: Though the game itself ultimately doesn’t mean much, Jefferson can be proud of his performance against the Hawks last night. He put up 27 points and 15 rebounds in his team’s 95-93 road win, which gives him a string of eight straight double-doubles.
As it stands right now, Charlotte owns the No. 7 seed in the East and will play Miami in the first round of the playoffs. We’ll keep you posted when the schedule comes out.
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Carlos Boozer, PF, Chicago Bulls: After coming off a pretty “blah” performance against the Knicks, Boozer followed it up with a nice outing in a win over Orlando yesterday. He put up 13 points, 12 rebounds and five assists in the 108-95 victory, which is his third double-double in the last 10 games.
Here’s how things break down for the Bulls: Right now, they’re tied with the Raptors record-wise, but Toronto owns the tiebreaker there. That leaves them in fourth place in the East (and would play the Nets in the first round of the postseason), but they could potentially move up to three if things go their way tomorrow.
Nick Young, SG, Los Angeles Lakers: The Lakers broke a seven-game losing streak last night, and even though they’re not going anywhere playoffs-wise, we still should acknowledge Young’s performance. He dropped 41 points off the bench in his team’s 119-104 win over the Jazz yesterday, giving him a season-high in that department. He also tallied three rebounds and three assists in 34 minutes.
The Lakers will finish up tomorrow in San Antonio.
Zach Randolph, C, Memphis Grizzlies: The Grizzlies have clinched a playoff berth, and they can thank Randolph. He put up another stellar line last night against Phoenix, posting 32 points and nine rebounds in the 97-91 victory.
Just one game separates the 6-8 seeds in the West, so it’s a big mess out there right now. Depending on what happens tomorrow, we could see some matchup flip-flopping, but as of right now the Grizzlies would play the Spurs in the first round.
NBA Daily Schedule: There are just two games on the NBA schedule tonight, but both are nationally televised. Here’s a look at the complete schedule, along with the start times and TV networks carrying each game.
Tuesday, April 15, 2014:
8:00 PM ET:
New York Knicks at Brooklyn Nets (TNT, TSN2)
10:30 PM ET:
Denver Nuggets at Los Angeles Clippers (TNT, TSN2, PRIME TICKET)
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