NBA News: Player News and Updates for 11/1/14
NBA Player Updates 11/1: News From Around the League, Tonight's Schedule and More
November 1, 2014
We’ve officially reached the first weekend of action in the 2014-15 NBA season, and the excitement is palpable. There are 12 games on tap in the coming hours, so while we’re waiting on those to tip off let’s check in on some of the notable players making headlines right now.
Cavaliers-Bulls: Let’s start out this morning with the marquis matchup from last night’s schedule. LeBron James and the gang made amends for their opening-night loss to the Knicks in fine fashion by taking down their most elite competition in the Eastern Conference in the Bulls.
The game was tight, with lots of ups and downs for both teams along the way. In the end, LeBron and company emerged victorious 114-108 in overtime, which was a nice comeback after the Bulls outscored the Cavs by nine points in the fourth quarter.
James had 36 points for his part, while Derrick Rose scored 20 for the Bulls.
One note on the aforementioned Rose: he sprained his ankle in the first half and ended up going to the locker room for tests late in the game. The initial prognosis here seems to be that he’s okay.
Also of note, the Cavs’ Tristan Thompson tied a franchise record with a dozen offensive rebounds in a very hard-working effort.
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Grizzlies-Pacers: This was also a pretty big matchup, and Grizzlies star Zach Randolph ended up as the big star. He managed 22 points in the game--with 11 coming in the third quarter--along with 13 rebounds in an eventual 97-89 victory over the pacers last night.
Marc Gasol added 2o points for his part, while Mike Conley posted 17. Memphis is now 2-0 for only the third time in the history of the team. They’ve never opened a season 3-0, so their next game could be historic.
The game turned in that fateful third quarter, when Memphis trailed by as many as 13. Then the team turned it on, logging a 26-2 run that sealed the Pacers’ fate.
Also, Courtney Lee sustained a mild concussion in the second quarter after falling on the ground and banging his head on the knee of Roy Hibbert.
Clippers-Lakers: Now let’s head out west and check out the battle of L.A. in last night’s Clippers-Lakers showdown. The hero here was Blake Griffin, who managed 39 points (including 11 of 12 from the line) in the Clippers’ 118-111 win over their in-city rivals.
DeAndre Jordan added 11 points and 13 rebounds, but got into some foul trouble during his 39 minutes on the floor. Chris Paul added a double-double as well, with 12 points and 10 assists.
The Clippers have now won eight of their last nine against the 0-3 Lakers, who got 21-point efforts form both Jordan Hill and Kobe Bryant.
Speaking of Bryant, he started off pretty well in this one, but his shot went cold late in the game when the Lakers were trying to mount a comeback.
NBA Daily Schedule: Here’s a look at the upcoming games in the 2014-15 NBA season, including the start times and TV networks where you can catch each matchup.
Saturday, November 1, 2014:
7:00 PM ET:
Dallas Mavericks at New Orleans Pelicans (FSSW, FSNOLA)
Memphis Grizzlies at Charlotte Hornets (SPORTSOUTH)
Toronto Raptors at Orlando Magic (FS FLORIDA)
Miami Heat at Philadelphia 76ers (CSN, SUN SPORTS)
Milwaukee Bucks at Washington Wizards (CSN, FOX SPORTS WISCONSIN)
7:30 PM ET:
Indiana Pacers at Atlanta Hawks (FSI, SPORTSOUTH)
Brooklyn Nets at Detroit Pistons (YES, FS DETROIT)
8:00 PM ET:
Boston Celtics at Houston Rockets (CSNHD, CSN HOUSTON)
Chicago Bulls at Minnesota Timberwolves (NBATV, WGN-TV, FOX SPORTS NORTH PLU)
Denver Nuggets at Oklahoma City Thunder (ALTITUDE, FS OKLAHOMA HD)
9:00 PM ET:
Phoenix Suns at Utah Jazz (FSAZ, ROOT SPORTS)
10:30 PM ET:
Los Angeles Lakers at Golden State Warriors (CSN BAY AREA, NBATV, TWC SN/TWC D)
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