NBA Player News
|4/18/2014||Jermaine O'Neal, C||Golden State Warriors coach Mark Jackson says O'Neal will start in place of injured center Andrew Bogut for Game 1 of their opening-round playoff series at the Los Angeles Clippers on Saturday.
Analysis: Jackson said Friday that he wants O'Neal to start because it's easier for the 35-year-old veteran to stay loose. He also says O'Neal provides a similar skill set to Bogut, who is out indefinitely with a fractured right rib. O'Neal averaged 7.9 points and 5.5 rebounds in 44 games this season, his 18th in the NBA. He sat out 25 games following surgery on his right wrist in December and also missed time with injuries to his right foot, groin and both knees.
|4/18/2014||Andrew Bogut, C||Golden State Warriors coach Mark Jackson says Jermaine O'Neal will start in place of Bogut for Game 1 of their opening-round playoff series at the Los Angeles Clippers on Saturday.
Analysis: Jackson said Friday that he wants O'Neal to start because it's easier for the 35-year-old veteran to stay loose. He also says O'Neal provides a similar skill set to Bogut, who is out indefinitely with a fractured right rib.
|4/18/2014||Nick Calathes, G||Calathes has been suspended for 20 games for violating the NBA's anti-drug policy.
Analysis: The league said Friday night in a release that Calathes tested positive for tamoxifen. The suspension begins Saturday night when the Grizzlies take on Oklahoma City in Game 1 of their first-round playoff series. Calathes, a 25-year-old rookie reserve, averaged 4.9 points and 2.9 assists in 71 games this season.
|4/17/2014||Tyler Zeller, F-C||Tyler Zeller scored 22 points with 11 rebounds, helping Cleveland to a 114-85 over a depleted Brooklyn team on Wednesday night.
Analysis: Zeller was 9 of 11 from the field and 4 of 5 from the free throw line in the victory.
|4/17/2014||Ben McLemore, SG||McLemore closed out his rookie season by scoring a career-high 31 points in Wednesday's 104-99 loss to Phoenix.
Analysis: The first-round pick finished the year scoring in double figures in each of his last five games.
|4/17/2014||Jordan Crawford, G||Crawford scored 41 points, helping Golden State to a 116-112 victory over Denver in the final regular season game of the year.
Analysis: Crawford was 16 of 28 from the field in the victory.
|4/16/2014||Tim Hardaway Jr., SG||Hardaway came off the bench and scored a team-high 16 points, leading New York to a 109-98 victory over Brooklyn on Tuesday night.
Analysis: The rookie, who is shooting 35.3 percent from 3-point range on the season, made 4 of 5 from behind the arc in the win.
|4/16/2014||Mason Plumlee, F-C||Plumlee was effective off the bench on Tuesday, scoring 16 points and grabbing nine rebounds in a loss to the New York Knicks.
Analysis: The rookie was efficient down low, going 7 of 9 from the field.
|4/16/2014||Blake Griffin, F-C||Blake Griffin scored a game-high 24 points, leading the Los Angeles Clippers to a 117-105 win on Tuesday versus Denver.
Analysis: Blake Griffin has picked up his 16th technical foul of the season in the game, triggering a league-mandated one-game suspension. He will miss the regular season finale versus Portland on Wednesday unless the call is rescinded by the league office.
|4/16/2014||Blake Griffin, F-C||Griffin has been suspended for a game after getting his 16th technical foul this season.
Analysis: NBA president of operations Rod Thorn announced the suspension, and Griffin will sit out the regular-season finale on Wednesday night against Portland. Regardless, Griffin planned to skip the last game to rest before the playoffs. It shows how useless this 'punishment' really is, but that's the NBA for you, it's not the first time nor will it be the last that they make such a dumb decision.
|4/16/2014||Paul Millsap, F-C||Millsap will sit out the team's regular season finale Wednesday night against the Milwaukee Bucks to rest for the playoffs.
Analysis: Millsap averages 17.9 points and 8.5 rebounds. He was also held out of Monday night's home finale against Charlotte, a 95-93 loss, along with Kyle Korver and DeMarre Carroll.
|4/16/2014||Lamar Odom, F||The New York Knicks have signed Odom, who was out of the league this season.
Analysis: The move gives new president Phil Jackson an offseason to look at the versatile forward who thrived in his system. Odom helped the Los Angeles Lakers win NBA titles in 2009 and 2010, and was the Sixth Man of the Year in 2011, Jackson's final season as coach.
|4/16/2014||Kemba Walker, PG||Kemba Walker scored 22 points, helping the Charlotte Bobcats close out the season with a win as they head to the playoffs for the second time in franchise history. He also added eight assists and seven rebounds.
Analysis: Walker came through when Charlotte needed him most, scoring eight points in overtime as the team beat Chicago 91-86.
|4/16/2014||Zach Randolph, F-C||Zach Randolph led Memphis with 27 points and 14 rebounds, helping the Grizzlies defeat Dallas 106-105 in overtime.
Analysis: Randolph finished the regular season with 46 double-doubles in 78 games played.
|4/16/2014||Dirk Nowitzki, F-C||Dirk Nowitzki led Dallas with 30 points, but it was not enough as the team fell to Memphis in overtime on Wednesday, 106-105. The loss sets up a first-round series versus San Antonio for the Mavericks.
Analysis: Nowitzki played 79 games this season, his highest since the 2009-10 campaign when he played in 81.
|4/16/2014||Bradley Beal, SG||Bradley Beal scored 27 points and Washington clinched the No. 5 seed in the Eastern Conference with a 118-102 win over Boston on Wednesday night.
Analysis: Beal jumped up to 17.0 points per game this season after averaging 13.9 as a rookie last year.
|4/16/2014||Jordan Hill, F-C||Jordan Hill closed out the season with 18 points and 14 rebounds in Wednesday's win over Los Angeles.
Analysis: Hill had 14 double-doubles this season, after recording just seven in his first four NBA seasons combined.
|4/16/2014||Kevin Durant, F||The NBA's scoring champion closed out his season in style, scoring 42 points to lead Oklahoma City to a 112-111 victory over Detroit.
Analysis: Durant finished the year averaging 31.9 points - the highest single-season average of his career - en route to his fourth scoring title.
|4/16/2014||Trey Burke, PG||Trey Burke closed out his rookie year in style, scoring a career-high 32 points to go with nine assists in Utah's 136-130 double overtime win over Minnesota.
Analysis: The first-round pick started 67 of 69 games as a rookie, averaging 12.5 points per contest.
|4/16/2014||Cole Aldrich, C||Aldrich had 13 points and 16 rebounds, including the go-ahead dunk in the final minutes, helping New York to a 95-92 win on Wednesday versus Toronto.
Analysis: The center, making his second start of the season, recorded season-highs in both points and rebounds.
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