NBA News: Player News and Updates for 4/24/14
NBA Player Updates 4/24: Blazers and Mavericks Win, Tonight's TV Schedule and More
April 24, 2014
After three more games in the NBA Playoffs last night, we’ve got another three headed our way this evening. There’s been plenty to like about the postseason so far, and we’re certainly in for even more surprises. That said, here’s our daily look at some of the headline-grabbing players out there right now.
LeBron James, SF, Miami Heat: The Heat used a 29-19 first quarter to jump out to an early lead on the Bobcats in Game 2 of their series, and they really never looked back. James led the way in all three major statistical categories in this one, notching 32 points, six rebounds and eight assists during the 101-97 victory.
When the Heat have built a 2-0 lead, they’ve won their last 11 series, and that’s just what they’ve got now. The Bobcats will get a chance to get back into it on Saturday, though.
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Monta Ellis, PG, Dallas Mavericks: Shawn Marion had 20 points and Ellis had 21 for the Mavericks, but their real contribution was on defense last night. Each had three steals en route to the team forcing 24 Spurs turnovers as Dallas managed a 113-92 victory in Game 2 to even the series at one apiece. San Antonio was also bad from the line, missing 11 free throws.
The Mavs had previously lost their last 10 games to San Antonio, but they look like they’ve got some new life now. Game 3 is Saturday as the series moves to Dallas, and Game 4 will be Monday.
LaMarcus Aldridge, PF, Portland Trail Blazers: Through two games so far against the Rockets, Aldridge has been the Blazers’ saving grace. He tore through the Houston defense once again yesterday, logging a whopping 43 points, eight rebounds and three blocks to help Portland get a 112-105 victory over the Rockets. Aldridge and Clyde Drexler are now the only Blazers to score at least 30 in back-to-back playoff games.
The Blazers are now up 2-0 and heading back home in the most enviable of positions. Game 3 is tomorrow, and Game 4 will be Sunday.
NBA Daily Schedule: A half-dozen teams will be in action tonight as we cruise through another evening of the playoffs. Here’s a look at the complete schedule, along with the start times and TV networks carrying each game.
Thursday, April 24, 2014:
7:00 PM ET:
Indiana Pacers at Atlanta Hawks (NBATV, NBATV Canada, FSI, SportSouth)
8:00 PM ET:
Oklahoma City Thunder at Memphis Grizzlies (TNT, Sportsnet One, SportSouth, FS Oklahoma HD)
10:30 PM ET:
Los Angeles Clippers at Golden State Warriors (TNT, Sportsnet One, CSN Bay Area, PRIME TICKET)
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