NBA News: Player News and Updates for 4/16/14
NBA Player Updates 4/16: Clippers and Knicks Win, Playoff Scenarios, Tonight's TV Schedule and More
April 16, 2014
It’s the final day of the NBA’s 2013-14 regular season, and though all of the playoff spots have been reserved, there’s still a bit of wrangling to do here and there as far as seeding. That said, let’s take our daily look around the league and see which teams and players are making headlines this morning. Here’s the latest.
Tim Hardaway Jr., SG, New York Knicks: Even though it was ultimately a meaningless game for the Knicks--since they’ll be sitting at home on the couch watching the playoffs--they still played well against a playoff-bound Brooklyn team last night (and to be fair, the Nets were probably phoning it in). Hardaway led the way with 16 points in the 109-98 win, keeping his breakout rookie season going.
The Knicks will play their final game of the season tonight at home against Toronto. If you believe the rumors, it may be the last time you ever see Carmelo Anthony in a Knicks uniform.
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Blake Griffin, PF, Los Angeles Clippers: Here’s the good news: Griffin tallied a game-high 24 points last night in a 117-105 win over the Nuggets, adding five rebounds and four assists along the way. The bad news is that Griffin picked up his 16th technical foul of the season last night, which warrants an automatic suspension. He didn’t travel with the team to Portland for tonight’s regular-season finale, so it’s looking like he’ll take his one-game banishment without any arguing.
Playoff Scenarios: As we said a moment ago, there’s still some jockeying for position to do tonight as the league plays its final games. Some teams are locked into playoff seeds already (Pacers, Heat and Hawks in the East; Spurs, Rockets, Blazers and Warriors in the West), but the rest can move up or down depending on what happens tonight.
For example, out East the Bulls and Raptors can flip-flop if Toronto loses and Chicago wins. Brooklyn will fall to No. 6 if they lose and the Wizards win tonight. The Bobcats will get No. 6 if they win and the Wizards lose.
In the West, OKC gets No. 2 if they win or the Clippers lose. The winner of the Grizzlies-Mavs game tonight gets the No. 7 seed.
NBA Daily Schedule: After tonight, we’ll have a complete picture of the playoffs. Here’s a look at the complete (and very busy) schedule, along with the start times and TV networks carrying each game.
Wednesday, April 16, 2014:
7:00 PM ET:
Chicago Bulls at Charlotte Bobcats (SportSouth, CSN-Chicago)
Indiana Pacers at Orlando Magic (FSI, FS Florida)
8:00 PM ET:
Dallas Mavericks at Memphis Grizzlies (ESPN, KTXA, SportSouth)
Atlanta Hawks at Milwaukee Bucks (SportSouth, Fox Sports Wisconsin)
Utah Jazz at Minnesota Timberwolves: (FS North, ROOT Sports)
Houston Rockets at New Orleans Pelicans (FSNOLA, CSN-H+)
Detroit Pistons at Oklahoma City Thunder (FS Detroit, FS Oklahoma HD)
Los Angeles Lakers at San Antonio Spurs (FSSW, TWC SN/TWC D)
Washington Wizards at Boston Celtics (CSN, CSNHD)
Brooklyn Nets at Cleveland Cavaliers (WWOR, FSOhio)
Philadelphia 76ers at Miami Heat (CSN, Sun Sports)
Toronto Raptors at New York Knicks (Sportsnet One, MSG)
10:30 PM ET:
Los Angeles Clippers at Portland Trail Blazers (ESPN, NBATV Canada, KGWHD, PRIME TICKET)
Phoenix Suns at Sacramento Kings (FSAZ+, CSN-CA)
Golden State Warriors at Denver Nuggets (Altitude, CSN Bay Area)
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