NBA News: Player News and Updates for 4/17/14
NBA Player Updates 4/17: Wade Tunes Up and Thunder Win, Saturday's TV Schedule and More
April 17, 2014
Now that the NBA season has officially come to an end, we can start getting into playoff mode. We’ll be seeing more on-court antics very soon, but in the meantime let’s take our daily look around the league and see which players are making headlines right now. Here’s the latest.
Rasual Butler, SG, Indiana Pacers: It’s not often that Butler gets to shine for the Pacers, but he had a featured role in their win last night against the Magic. He put up 19 points in a 101-86 win over the Magic, adding two rebounds and five assists to round out the evening. Both George Hill and Roy Hibbert were used sparingly for the Pacers, with neither reaching the 18-minute mark.
The Pacers finish up the season as the No. 1 seed in the East, and they’ll start out their first-round series against Atlanta on Saturday.
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Tyreke Evans, PG, New Orleans Pelicans: Two days after dropping a career-high 41 points against the Thunder, Evans posted another nice line against the Rockets last night. He came away with 25 points, 10 assists and six rebounds in the 105-100 victory. It was another flash of brilliance from the Pelicans during a season filled with frustrating injuries.
New Orleans finishes up the season at 34-48 and was in serious playoff contention late last month despite their injury situation. They’ll likely take another big step forward in 2014-15.
Kevin Durant, SF, Oklahoma City Thunder: There weren’t too many stars out on the NBA floor last night, but Durant was surely not resting. He put up 42 points against the Pistons, helping the Thunder secure a 112-111 victory after trailing for most of the game. He also managed four rebounds and six assists. It was his 14th 40-plus points game of the year (leading the league).
With the victory, the Thunder secured the No. 2 overall seed in the West and will play the Grizzlies in the opening round starting on Saturday.
Dwyane Wade, SG, Miami Heat: With LeBron, Chris Bosh and Mario Chalmers all sitting out, all eyes were on Wade as the Heat finished up their regular season against the 76ers last night. He played pretty well, considering he’s only been back for three games, tossing up 16 points on a tepid 6-of-14 from the field in the 100-87 loss. Wade also added two rebounds and four assists in his 23 minutes.
Securing the No. 2 seed a few days ago, the Heat will be opening up the postseason against the No. 7 ranked Bobcats. That series will begin Sunday in Miami.
NBA Daily Schedule: Now that all the playoff matchups have been decided, the postseason will officially kick off on Saturday. Here’s a look at the complete schedule from the first day, along with the start times and TV networks carrying each game.
Saturday, April 19, 2014
12:30 PM ET:
Brooklyn Nets at Toronto Raptors (ESPN)
3:30 PM ET:
Golden State Warriors at Los Angeles Clippers (ABC)
7:00 PM ET:
Atlanta Hawks at Indiana Pacers (ESPN)
9:30 PM ET:
Memphis Grizzlies at Oklahoma City Thunder (ESPN)
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