NBA News: Player News and Updates for 4/22/14
NBA Player Updates 4/22: Clippers and Grizzlies Win, Tonight's TV Schedule and More
April 22, 2014
After a relatively quiet two-game set out in the Western Conference of the NBA Playoffs last night, we’re heading into the East this evening, with three more matchups ahead. Before we get settled in for those Game 2s, let’s take our daily look around the league and check out who’s making news right now. Here’s the latest.
Zach Randolph, PF, Memphis Grizzlies: Of the two games in the NBA Playoffs last night, this was obviously the more competitive affair. The Grizzlies avenged their Game 1 loss with a razor-close 111-105 OT win over the Thunder to even the series at one game apiece heading over to Tennessee. Randolph led the charge for Memphis, logging 25 points on 10-for-20 shooting, mostly part of the team’s 56 points in the paint.
On the other side, Kevin Durant posted a game-high 36 points--along with a highlight-worthy triple late in the game.
Game 3 will be Thursday in Memphis; Game 4 is on Saturday. The series will swing back to Oklahoma City at least one more time Tuesday.
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Blake Griffin, PF, Los Angeles Clippers: The other game last night was a crazy blowout, with the Clippers exacting revenge against the Warriors for a Game 1 loss. Griffin played like a man on a mission, logging 35 points (a career postseason high) on the way to a 138-98 win over Golden State. For L.A., the game set new marks for most playoff points in a game and largest margin of victory in the playoffs.
The series heads to the Warriors’ home court for Game 3 Thursday and Game 4 Sunday. Game 5 will be on Tuesday.
Knicks’ Coaching Plans: The big headline around the league yesterday was the Knicks’ firing of head coach Mike Woodson in the wake of the team missing the playoffs by one game. This move has led to all sorts of speculation from just about everyone as to New York’s next move.
Who’s Phil Jackson going to go with? Well, the smart money so far is on ex-Bull Steve Kerr, who has been rumored to be interested in the position since at least last week. He and the team have reportedly been discussing matters intensely, which could lead to a hire very soon. Jackson is a creature of habit, and he’s got a long history with Kerr. Whether or not he can right the ship and finally bring a championship to the Big Apple is another matter altogether.
NBA Daily Schedule: Six East teams will be in action tonight as the 2013-14 NBA Playoffs continue. Here’s a look at the complete schedule, along with the start times and TV networks carrying each game.
Tuesday, April 22, 2014:
7:00 PM ET:
Atlanta Hawks at Indiana Pacers (TNT, Sportsnet One, SportSouth)
7:30 PM ET:
Brooklyn Nets at Toronto Raptors (NBATV, TSN, YES)
9:30 PM ET:
Washington Wizards at Chicago Bulls (TNT, Sportsnet One, CSN, CSN-Chicago)
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