NBA News 4/20/16: Hawks Crush Celtics, Spurs Top Grizzlies for 2-0 Series Leads
NBA Player Updates 4/20: The Latest News from Around the League, Tonight's TV Schedule and More
April 20, 2016
We have three big playoff matchups to look forward to in the NBA tonight, so there will be plenty to keep us basketball fans occupied. For now, let’s take our daily look at the notable players and stats in the news.
Hawks-Celtics: Down in Atlanta last night, the Hawks got going quickly to shut down the Celtics on the way to an 89-72 victory and a 2-0 series lead.
Kyle Korver nailed four 3-pointers in the opening minutes, pushing his team to a big 21-point lead early, and an eventual 24-7 first quarter result in favor of the Hawks. Atlanta was in cruise control after that.
On the other side, the Celtics couldn’t buy a basket, scoring the lowest amount of points (7) in the first quarter since the shot clock was implemented in 1954. Boston went just 3-of-23 in that quarter and missed all six 3-point attempts.
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Spurs-Grizzlies: After a 22-11 opening quarter, this game wasn’t much in doubt either. The Spurs cruised to a 94-68 victory over the visiting Grizzlies last night in San Antonio, thanks to 16 points from Patty Mills and 13 from Kawhi Leonard. The Spurs never trailed.
Zach Randolph had 11 points and 12 rebounds for the Grizzlies, who have lost Games 1 and 2 by a combined 56 points. The team is really struggling without Marc Gasol and Mike Conley (injuries).
Congrats are due to the Clippers’ Jamal Crawford, who won the 2015-16 Kia NBA Sixth Man Award yesterday.
Crawford is the first player to win the award three times, and he’s also the oldest player to win it, breaking his own record at 36 years old.
Golden State’s Andre Iguodala finished second, and OKC’s Enes Kanter got third in the voting.
NBA Daily Schedule: Here’s a look at the league’s daily schedule. Let’s check out the matchups, times and channels where you can find all the action.
Wednesday, April 20, 2016:
7:00 PM ET:
Charlotte Hornets at Miami Heat (NBATV, TSN¾, FS-SUN, FOX SPORTS SOUTHEAST)
8:00 PM ET:
Detroit Pistons at Cleveland Cavaliers (TNT, TSN1/¾, FSOHIO, FS DETROIT)
10:30 PM ET:
Portland Trail Blazers at Los Angeles Clippers (TNT, TSN3/5, PRIME TICKET, KGWHD)
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