NBA Player News
|3/8/2014||LaMarcus Aldridge, F-C||Aldridge had 30 points and 17 rebounds in Friday's loss at Dallas, recording his 34th double-double.
Analysis: Aldridge was 13 of 28 from the field - not incredibly efficient, but certainly an improvement from his nightmarish 1-for-13, 10-point showing on Wednesday against Atlanta.
|3/8/2014||Wesley Matthews, G-F||Matthews scored 26 and was 4 of 8 from beyond the arc in Friday's loss at Dallas.
Analysis: Friday's performance could be a sign that Matthews is back on track after averaging 8.8 points while shooting 29.2 percent from the field over his previous five contests.
|3/8/2014||Dirk Nowitzki, F-C||Nowitzki scored 22 in Friday's win over the Trail Blazers.
Analysis: Though the points are still there - he's averaging 19.8 over his last six games - Nowitzki seems to be caught in a brief slump from 3-point range, going 3 for 19 in that same stretch.
|3/7/2014||Darren Collison, PG||Collison had a season-high 24 points in the Clippers' 142-94 rout of the Los Angeles Lakers on Thursday.
Analysis: Collison was making his third straight start in place of an injured Jamal Crawford. He's averaging 17.6 points on 55.0 percent shooting in the last five games.
|3/7/2014||Carmelo Anthony, F||Anthony scored 18 of his 29 points in the first quarter, sending the New York Knicks to a rare easy night in a 108-81 victory over the Utah Jazz on Friday.
Analysis: Anthony is averaging 32.8 points in his last 10 games.
|3/7/2014||Carl Landry, F||The Sacramento Kings say reserve forward Carl Landry will miss the remainder of the season with a medial meniscus tear in his right knee that will require surgery.
Analysis: The team said Saturday a recent MRI exam revealed the injury, and surgery would be scheduled later. He missed his fifth straight game Friday night against Toronto with what was being listed as a sore knee.
|3/7/2014||Martell Webster, G-F||Webster is out with a sore back
Analysis: The Washington Wizards forward hasn't played since March 1.
|3/7/2014||Gerald Henderson, G-F||Henderson is expected to be out at least through the end of the week, according to coach Steve Clifford.
Analysis: The Charlotte Bobcats guard has a strained right calf.
|3/7/2014||Jeff Ayres, F-C||Ayres missed Thursday's 111-87 win over Miami on Thursday because of a sprained right hand.
Analysis: The San Antonio forward has sat out two of the last three games.
|3/7/2014||C.J. Watson, PG||Watson is out with a sprained right elbow.
Analysis: The Indiana Pacers guard hasn't played since March 4.
|3/7/2014||Jared Dudley, G-F||Dudley missed his first game of the season Thursday, a 142-94 rout of the Los Angeles Lakers.
Analysis: The Los Angeles Clippers forward has back spasms.
|3/7/2014||Jordan Hill, F-C||Hill missed Thursday's game against the Clippers due to a sore right knee.
Analysis: It's not clear if Hill will be able to play Friday against the Nuggets.
|3/7/2014||Markieff Morris, F-C||Morris scored 24 on 8-of-13 shooting in Thursday's win over the Thunder.
Analysis: Morris is averaging 18.6 points on 55.4 percent shooting over his last eight games.
|3/7/2014||Gerald Green, G-F||Green established a new career high with 41 points while hitting a personal-best 8 of 13 3-pointers in Thursday's win over the Thunder.
Analysis: Green is averaging 20.6 points over his last 18 contests while shooting 45.5 percent from 3-point range. Prior to that stretch, he had been averaging 13.5 points on the season while hitting 36.2 percent of his attempts from long distance.
|3/7/2014||Goran Dragic, G||Dragic tallied 22 points but was a minus-14 on the night in Phoenix's win over Oklahoma City on Thursday.
Analysis: Dragic is shooting 42.2 percent from the field in three games since scoring a career-best 40 in a Feb. 28 win over New Orleans. He's shooting 50.7 percent on the season.
|3/7/2014||Kevin Durant, F||Durant scored 34 in a losing effort against Phoenix on Thursday.
Analysis: For those who questioned how teammate Russell Westbrook's return would affect Durant, he's averaging 34.1 points over seven games with Westbrook back in the fold.
|3/7/2014||Russell Westbrook, PG||Westbrook tallied a season-high 36 in Thursday's loss to Phoenix.
Analysis: Westbrook is averaging 24.0 points on 58.3 percent shooting over his last five contests. He totaled 27 points and was 6 of 24 from the field over his first two games back from injury.
|3/7/2014||Ersan Ilyasova, F||Ilyasova has been suspended one game without pay for punching Sacramento forward Reggie Evans in the stomach.
Analysis: The punch happened in the fourth quarter of Milwaukee's 116-102 loss to the Kings on Wednesday when the two players became entangled while battling for rebounding position. The NBA says Ilyasova will serve his suspension Friday when the Bucks visit the New Orleans Pelicans.
|3/7/2014||O.J. Mayo, G||Milwaukee Bucks guard O.J. Mayo has been suspended one game for punching New Orleans Pelicans center Greg Stiemsma in the throat.
Analysis: The incident occurred with 1:52 remaining in the first quarter of Milwaukee's 112-104 loss to the Pelicans on Friday. Mayo got tied up with Stiemsma as he tried to get around a screen set by the big man. Mayo was assessed a flagrant four 2 and ejected. He will serve the suspension Saturday night when the Bucks host the Washington Wizards.
|3/7/2014||Rajon Rondo, PG||Rondo scored 20 points and the Boston Celtics dominated the boards to beat Brooklyn 91-84 and stop the Nets' four-game winning streak Friday night.
Analysis: Rondo added nine assists and four steals.
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