NBA News: Player News and Updates for 8/31/14
NBA Player Updates 8/31: News From Around the League, Off-Season Schedule and More
August 31, 2014
Now that the World Cup has officially begun, we NBA fans who are looking for some basketball action can get our collective fix by watching Team USA in the tournament. Meanwhile, there’s plenty to keep tabs on here at home, so with that said let’s take our daily look around the league and see what’s happening out there.
Team USA Update: The Americans didn’t have too much trouble in their World Cup opener against Finland yesterday, emerging with a strong defensive effort among some solid-looking team chemistry in a 114-55 rout.
The US defense was working overtime in this one, as Finland was unable to score at all in the second quarter--save for a pair of free throws. The scoring line was 29-2 in that one, giving America a 60-18 lead at the half.
Klay Thompson led the way for the US team, posting 18 points. Emerging start Anthony Davis was as consistent as ever and close behind with 17 points of his own. Their performances--and the team’s chemistry overall--put to rest some of the doubts that remained about the US’s light exhibition schedule and its impact on their play in this tournament. It hasn’t taken much to get them going so far.
Next up for America is a matchup against Turkey today. This will be a repeat of the 2010 world basketball championship (which is now the World Cup) gold-medal game.
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Clippers Moves: We haven’t been able to cover these moves just yet, so let’s move on over to L.A. and check out the Clips’ recent activities as they pare thier roster down in preparation for the 2014-15 campaign.
Los Angeles' most recent roster moves are pretty cut-and-dried: The team waived guard Carlos Delfino and center Miroslav Raduljica late last week, just three days after they were acquired (they came in the Jared Dudley trade).
USA World Cup Schedule: With the World Cup tipping off, it’s time to start checking out the first round of games. Here’s a quick look at the Americans’ schedule for the opening matchups.
August 30: USA-Finland 3:30 PM ET (W 114-55)
August 31: USA-Turkey 3:30 PM ET
September 2: USA-New Zealand 11:30 AM ET
September 3: USA-Dominican Republic 3:30 PM ET
September 4: USA-Ukraine 11:30 AM ET
NBA Daily Schedule: Let’s start looking forward to the upcoming 2014-15 NBA regular season. Here’s a look at opening night on October 28.
Tuesday, October 28, 2014:
8:00 PM ET:
Orlando Magic at New Orleans Pelicans
Dallas Mavericks at San Antonio Spurs (TNT)
10:30 PM ET:
Houston Rockets at Los Angeles Lakers (TNT)
NBA 2014 Off-Season Schedule: It’ll be a long off-season, but we’ll have plenty of happenings (and rumors) around the league to keep us busy. Here’s a look at what we’ve got left.
October 4: Pre-season begins
October 28: First game of the 2014-15 season
April 18, 2015: Playoffs begin
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