ROOKIES & COACHES
OF THE MONTH
The Brooklyn Nets’ Jason Kidd and the San Antonio Spurs’ Gregg Popovich were named the NBA Eastern and Western Conference Coaches of the Month, respectively, for games played in March - The Philadelphia 76ers' Michael Carter-Williams and the Minnesota Timberwolves' Gorgui Dieng were named the NBA Eastern and Western Conference Rookies of the Month, respectively, for games played in March - THIS DAY IN THE NBA
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Thursday, April 03, 2014
COACHES OF THE MONTH
The Brooklyn Nets’ Jason Kidd and the San Antonio Spurs’ Gregg Popovich were named the NBA Eastern and Western Conference Coaches of the Month, respectively, for games played in March.
Kidd guided the Nets to a 12-4 record in March, and the highest winning percentage (.750) in the Eastern Conference. Brooklyn posted a 9-0 record at Barclays Center and was the only Eastern Conference team to go undefeated at home. On March 12, the Nets defeated the Miami Heat 96-95, which improved Brooklyn’s mark to 3-0 this season against the defending champions. This is the second Coach of the Month award for Kidd this season (January).
Popovich led the Spurs to an NBA-best 16-0 record in March, propelling them to a 58-16 record, tops in the NBA. Eleven of San Antonio’s 16 wins in March were by 10-or-more points, and the Spurs scored 100-or-more points in 13-of-16 games. The Spurs closed the month with a 103-77 road victory over the Indiana Pacers on March 31, and enter April riding a franchise-record 18-game winning streak.
Other nominees for Coach of the Month were Charlotte’s Steve Clifford, Houston’s Kevin McHale, Los Angeles Clippers’ Doc Rivers, New York’s Mike Woodson, Oklahoma City’s Scott Brooks, Phoenix’s Jeff Hornacek and Toronto’s Dwane Casey..
ROOKIES OF THE MONTH
The Philadelphia 76ers' Michael Carter-Williams and the Minnesota Timberwolves' Gorgui Dieng were named the NBA Eastern and Western Conference Rookies of the Month, respectively, for games played in March.
Carter-Williams led rookies in scoring (14.9 ppg), rebounds (8.4 rpg), assists (6.5 apg) and steals (1.75 spg) in March. He posted a double-digit scoring effort in 13-of-16 games, tallied four double-doubles, and collected a triple-double with 23 points, 13 rebounds and 10 assists on March 10, during a 123-110 loss to the New York Knicks. Carter-Williams recorded eight games with two or more steals on the month, and ranks fourth in the league for the season with 1.97 thefts per contest.
Dieng ranked fifth among Western Conference rookies in scoring (8.6 ppg) and second among all rookies in both rebounding (8.3 rpg) and field goal percentage (.613). He recorded a perfect field goal percentage in three different contests (March 19, 28 and 31). Dieng collected five point-rebound double-doubles during March, including a 22-point, 21-rebound effort on March 20, during a 129-106 loss to the Houston Rockets.
Here is a recap of the month for Carter-Williams and Dieng:
Michael Carter-Williams, Philadelphia 76ers
March 10 @ New York: Posted a triple-double with 23 points, 13 rebounds and 10 assists in a 123-110 loss to the Knicks.
March 21 vs. New York: Scored 22 points and added 13 rebounds and nine assists during a 93-92 loss to the Knicks.
March 29 vs. Detroit: Tallied 21 points, seven rebounds, four assists and four steals in a 123-98 win over the Pistons.
Gorgui Dieng, Minnesota Timberwolves
March 16 vs. Sacramento: Collected 12 points, 11 rebounds and five blocks in a 104-102 victory over the Kings.
March 20 @ Houston: Posted 22 points, 21 rebounds and four assists in a 129-106 loss to the Rockets.
March 26 vs. Atlanta: Notched his fifth double-double in a six-game span with 15 points and 15 rebounds during a 107-83 win over the Hawks.
Other nominees for the Eastern and Western Conference Rookies of the Month were Brooklyn's Mason Plumlee, New York's Tim Hardaway Jr., Orlando's Victor Oladipo, Sacramento's Ben McLemore and Utah's Trey Burke.
THIS DAY IN THE NBA
April 3, 1987 The New Jersey Nets honored Julius Erving before his last game against his former club by retiring uniform #32, which Erving wore during his ABA days with the Nets. He also has had his uniform #6 retired by Philadelphia.
April 3, 1996 Vancouver defeated visiting Minnesota 105-103 to snap its NBA record streak of 23 consecutive losses. April 3, 1998 Michael Jordan reached 29,000 career points in a 107-93 win over Minnesota. At the time, Jordan joined Kareem Abdul-Jabbar and Wilt Chamberlain as the only players to reach that plateau.
April 3, 1999 Kendall Gill of the New Jersey Nets tied an NBA record which had stood for more than 22 years when he recorded 11 steals against the Miami Heat. Larry Kenon of the San Antonio Spurs notched 11 steals against the Kansas City Kings on December 26, 1976.
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