NBA News: Player News and Updates for 4/20/14
NBA Player Updates 4/20: Thunder and Hawks Win, Tonight's TV Schedule and More
April 20, 2014
We’ve got another four-game set of NBA playoff action headed our way today, as the rest of the Game 1s around the league tip off. Before we settle in and check out the matchups, let’s take our daily look at some of the headlines and see what’s happening out there. Here’s the latest.
Joe Johnson, SG, Brooklyn Nets: With Deron Williams, Shaun Livingston and Johnson all healthy for yesterday’s opener against the Raptors, Brooklyn gained a big advantage in personnel. Johnson was particularly effective in the 94-87 win, posting team highs in points (24), rebounds (8) and assists (4). Williams also tallied 24 points of his own as Brooklyn took a 1-0 lead in the series.
The teams will take today and tomorrow off before resuming in Toronto on Tuesday.
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Klay Thompson, SG, Golden State Warriors: Thompson and the Warriors struck first against the Clippers to take the first game of the opening-round series. Golden State emerged victorious 109-105, with Thompson providing a team-high 22 points along with five assists and seven rebounds. David Lee doubled up with 20 points and 13 rebounds of his own as the team kept Chris Paul and Blake Griffin (who fouled out late) in check.
Game 2 will be tomorrow night in L.A., then it’s off to the Warriors’ home base on Thursday.
Jeff Teague, PG, Atlanta Hawks: Even though the Pacers ended the regular season sputtering--as did the Hawks for that matter--this is still the most surprising result of the playoff so far. Atlanta took care of Indy 101-93 on the strength of Teague’s 28 points (a postseason career-high) and a 20-4 third-quarter run.
The Pacers needed to come out and make a statement in this series, and this isn’t the way to do it. We could see a major upset here if the trends hold. Game 2 is Tuesday; Game 3 is Thursday.
Kevin Durant, SF, Oklahoma City Thunder: This one started out looking like a blowout, then got interesting in the third quarter. The Thunder destroyed Memphis before halftime, then allowed them to get back into it with a 31-13 run. Durant put up 33 points on the way to a 100-86 win as OKC retook control, however.
The Thunder were the only home team to win yesterday, which is an interesting trend as these playoffs get started. We’ll see how they respond tomorrow in Game 2 and Thursday in Game 3.
NBA Daily Schedule: Round 1 of the NBA playoffs continues today, with eight more teams in action. Here’s a look at the complete schedule, along with the start times and TV networks carrying each game.
Sunday, April 20, 2014:
1:00 PM ET:
Dallas Mavericks at San Antonio Spurs (TNT, FSSW, KTXA)
3:30 PM ET:
Charlotte Bobcats at Miami Heat (ABC)
7:00 PM ET:
Washington Wizards at Chicago Bulls (TNT, CSN, CSN-Chicago)
9:30 PM ET:
Portland Trail Blazers at Houston Rockets (TNT)
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