NBA News: Player News and Updates for 4/21/14
NBA Player Updates 4/21: Blazers and Wizards Win, Tonight's TV Schedule and More
April 21, 2014
After a very busy and interesting NBA playoff weekend, we’ve got our first inclinations as to what may be taking shape during the opening series. There are two more matchups set for tonight, so make sure you get that spot on the couch reserved. Before tip-off, let’s take our daily look around the league and see who’s making headlines.
Tim Duncan, PF, San Antonio Spurs: The Spurs got off to a good start in their first game against the Mavericks yesterday, posting a 21-12 first quarter. Dallas pulled into the lead by halftime, however, and we had a game on our hands. San Antonio eventually emerged victorious 90-85 on the strength of 27 points from Duncan, who left briefly in the third quarter due to injury but came back strong. (For the record, he says it was a charley horse.)
Dallas was up by 10 with under eight minutes to play but let it slip away. They’ll get another chance to try and steal one in San Antonio during Game 2 Wednesday evening.
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LeBron James, SF, Miami Heat: The two-time defending champs got their playoffs started out on the right foot yesterday, with the Big Three all contributing. James led the way with 27 points and Dwyane Wade had 23 in the 99-88 win, with Chris Bosh chipping in with 13.
Charlotte got to within five points in the fourth quarter, but the Heat turned up the pressure during an 18-4 run that put the game away.
We’ll see what happens when Game 2 tips on Wednesday. The series will move to Charlotte on Saturday for Game 3.
Nene, C, Washington Wizards: In one of the surprises from yesterday’s games, the Wizards jumped out to a 1-0 lead on the Bulls in their first-round series yesterday with a win at the United Center. Nene notched 24 points in the come-from-behind victory, and Washington was down by 13 early in the third. They’d come back to take it 102-93 when Chicago notched just six points in the final half-dozen minutes.
Game 2 is tomorrow in Chicago, then the series swings over to DC for Game 3 Friday and Game 4 Sunday.
LaMarcus Aldridge, PF, Portland Trail Blazers: Aldridge etched his name into the Blazers’ record books yesterday with a feverish performance that led his team past the Rockets in Game 1. He posted a franchise playoffs record 46 points and hauled in 18 rebounds (a career-high in the postseason) on the way to a 122-120 nail-biting overtime victory.
The Rockets’ Dwight Howard will be thinking about this one for a while, as he missed four big free throws late in the game.
Game 2 is tomorrow in Houston, then the series moves to Portland for Game 3 Friday and Game 4 Sunday.
NBA Daily Schedule: We’ve got a pair of Game 2s on tap for tonight, both in the Western Conference. Here’s a look at the complete schedule, along with the start times and TV networks carrying each game.
Monday, April 21, 2014:
8:00 PM ET:
Memphis Grizzlies at Oklahoma City Thunder (TNT, Sportsnet One, FS Oklahoma HD, Fox Sports Tennessee)
10:30 PM ET:
Golden State Warriors at Los Angeles Clippers (TNT, Sportsnet One, CSN Bay Area, PRIME TICKET)
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