NBA News: Player News and Updates for 5/3/14
NBA Player Updates 5/3: Mavericks and Blazers Win, Tonight's TV Schedule and More
May 3, 2014
Today is a huge day within the NBA Playoffs. We’ve got three big-time games headed our way as the first round comes to a close, so the anticipation is running at a fever pitch. That said, before we settle in for tip-off, let’s take our daily look around the league and see what’s happening out there. Here’s the latest.
Deron Williams, PG, Brooklyn Nets: The Nets are still alive in their opening-round series against the Raptors, thanks to a dominant 97-83 victory. Brooklyn never trailed in the game, and received a lift from Williams, who posted 23 points, five rebounds and four assists.
As for Toronto, they really couldn’t get much going throughout the game, though DeMar DeRozan did manage a game-high 28 points. Kyle Lowry shot just 4-for-16, and the team shot 38.5 percent.
The winner-take-all Game 7 is tomorrow in Toronto, and it should be a close one.
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Monta Ellis, PG, Dallas Mavericks: The Spurs entered last night’s Game 6 against the Mavericks with a fourth-quarter lead, something they’d previously been 55-1 at protecting. Dallas broke that trend, however, coming on strong with a 113-111 win that will force a pivotal Game 7. Ellis led the team with 29 points--and 12 in the final frame--while DeJuan Blair notched 10 points, 14 rebounds and a key steal on Tony Parker in the waning seconds.
Manu Ginobili had a rough night for San Antonio, going just 1-of-8 for six points, while Parker coughed it up five times.
Game 7 is tomorrow in San Antonio.
LaMarcus Aldridge, PF, Portland Trail Blazers: They’re celebrating in the Pacific Northwest today, thanks to an exhilarating Game 6 and an opening-round series win from the Trail Blazers. Damian Lillard nailed a clutch three-pointer to beat the buzzer and win the game (the first series-winning buzzer-beater since John Stockton in 1997) by a score of 99-98.
Meanwhile, Aldridge carried his heavy load as usual, accounting for 30 points and 13 rebounds. Lillard had 25 points of his own in the Blazers’ first series win in the postseason since 2000.
The Trail Blazers will now wait for the victor of the San Antonio-Dallas series, whom they’ll play in the second round.
NBA Daily Schedule: A half-dozen teams will be out on the court today as a wild first round continues. Here’s a look at the complete schedule, along with the start times and TV networks carrying each game.
Saturday, May 3, 2014:
5:30 PM ET:
Atlanta Hawks at Indiana Pacers (TNT, Sportsnet One, SportSouth)
8:00 PM ET:
Memphis Grizzlies at Oklahoma City Thunder (TNT, Sportsnet One, SportSouth, FS Oklahoma HD)
10:30 PM ET:
Golden State Warriors at Los Angeles Clippers (TNT, TSN2, CSN Bay Area, PRIME TICKET)
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