NBA News: Player News and Updates for 5/1/14
NBA Player Updates 5/1: Rockets and Raptors Win, Tonight's TV Schedule and More
May 1, 2014
We’ve already seen some pretty crazy things in the first round of the NBA Playoffs, and we’re surely in for more this evening. We’ve got three more games to look forward to in the coming hours, and afterward we’ll have some additional answers to our postseason questions. That said, let’s take our daily look around the league and check out some of the headlines.
Tony Parker, PG, San Antonio Spurs: Even though he tweaked his ankle in their previous meeting, Parker seemed A-OK for Game 5 against the Mavericks last night. Good thing he was, too. He put up 23 points in the 109-103 Spurs win, helping the team withstand a barrage from both Dirk Nowitzki and Vince Carter.
Helping out were both Tiago Splitter (17 points; 12 rebounds) and Tim Duncan (16 points; 12 rebounds) who both recorded double-doubles.
Now the Spurs are up 3-2 and will head to Dallas tomorrow night for Game 6. A potential Game 7 would be Sunday.
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Kyle Lowry, PG, Toronto Raptors: When the Raptors were up by 26 points on the Nets last night, they seemed like they’d be cruising to an easy victory. Things got interesting late, however, as Brooklyn surged forward. Toronto ultimately held them off for a 115-113 win and a 3-2 series lead.
Lowry was instrumental, tying a career-postseason high with 36 points. DeMar DeRozan also helped out with 23 points, five assists and six rebounds.
Up next is Game 6 tomorrow night in Brooklyn as the Raptors try to wrap things up.
Dwight Howard, C, Houston Rockets: Despite a huge performance from Damian Lillard (he’s the first player in 23 years to score at least 125 and post 35 assists through his first five postseason games), the Rockets were able to carve out a victory last night over the Blazers. Houston came out on top 108-98, helped out greatly by Howard, who notched 22 points and 14 rebounds.
The victory helped the Rockets stave off elimination from the postseason for at least one more game, but the Blazers will get another shot to end this first-round series tomorrow night at home.
NBA Daily Schedule: A half-dozen NBA teams will be in action tonight as they fight for their playoff lives. Here’s a look at the complete schedule, along with the start times and TV networks carrying each game.
Thursday, May 1, 2014:
7:00 PM ET:
Indiana Pacers at Atlanta Hawks (NBATV, FSI, SportSouth)
8:00 PM ET:
Oklahoma City Thunder at Memphis Grizzlies (TNT, FS Oklahoma HD, Fox Sports Tennessee)
10:30 PM ET:
Los Angeles Clippers at Golden State Warriors (TNT, CSN Bay Area, PRIME TICKET)
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