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NBA News: Player News and Updates for 4/19/14

NBA Player Updates 4/19: Granger, Draft Lottery Outlook, Today's TV Schedule and More

April 19, 2014

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Today’s the day. The NBA Playoffs will be getting started in just a few hours, and the anticipation is high for all the first-round matchups. Before we get settled in and absorb the on-court festivities, let’s take our daily look around the league and see what’s happening out there. Here’s the latest.

Nick Calathes, SG, Memphis Grizzlies: The big story from yesterday concerned Calathes and his 20-game suspension. He’ll begin serving it today as the Grizzlies open up the playoffs against the Thunder.
Calathes’ suspension comes as a result of the NBA’s Anti-Drug policy, which he violated. According to reports, the positive test isn’t from PEDs, but rather from an over-the-counter supplement.
Calathes is Memphis’ first option off the bench when it comes to relieving their guards. He’ll be difficult to replace.

NBA News: Player News and Updates for 4/19/14

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Danny Granger, SF, Los Angeles Clippers: Good news for the Clippers. SF Danny Granger has been practicing this week and plans to be able to play today in Game 1 of the team’s first round series against the Warriors.
Granger has been out for the Clippers’ last nine games due to a hamstring strain. He’s been on the court during just 41 contests this season, averaging 8.0 points per game.

Draft Lottery Odds: While some teams are getting geared up for the playoffs, others are sitting at home wondering what went wrong. There’s always the Draft Lottery, though, and this year is a potent class. Here’s a look at the lottery teams’ odds of landing the top pick when the ceremony is held May 20.

1. Milwaukee Bucks: 25%
2. Philadelphia 76ers: 19.9%
3. Orlando Magic: 15.6%
4. Boston Celtics: 11.9%
5. Utah Jazz: 11.9%
6. Los Angeles Lakers: 6.3%
7. Sacramento Kings: 4.3%
8. Detroit Pistons 2.8%
9. Cleveland Cavaliers: 1.7%
10. New Orleans Pelicans: 1.1%
11. Denver Nuggets: 0.8%
12. Orlando Magic: 0.7%
13. Minnesota Timberwolves: 0.6%
14. Phoenix Suns: 0.5%

NBA Daily Schedule: Now that all the playoff matchups have been decided, the postseason will officially kick off today. Here’s a look at the complete schedule for 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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