NBA News: Player News and Updates for 5/6/14
NBA Player Updates 5/6: Clippers and Wizards Win, Tonight's TV Schedule and More
May 6, 2014
The second round of the 2014 NBA Playoffs continues tonight, and we’ve got a couple of good-looking matchups on the schedule. While we’re getting settled in and waiting on tip-offs, let’s take our daily look around the league and see what’s happening out there. Here’s the latest.
Trevor Ariza, SG, Washington Wizards: Last night marked a continued surge for the Wizards, as well as a continued drop-off for the supremely disappointing Pacers. Ariza nailed all of his half-dozen three-point attempts as he scored 22 points in the Wizards’ 102-96 victory. It was the first time Washington had won in Indianapolis in the past 13 games, and they did it with solid efforts in rebounding (53-36) and second-chance points (19-5).
The Pacers are certainly in trouble here. They’re going to be hard-pressed to keep up with the Wizards’ speed and tenacity. They’ll need to slow the game down and try to get back to their defensive dominance if they want to take the series--which is easier said than done.
Game 2 is tomorrow; Game 3 is Friday in DC.
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Chris Paul, PG, Los Angeles Clippers: Thanks to a 39-25 first quarter, the Clippers broke out quick last night against the Thunder and were able to hold on the rest of the way. Paul was on fire from outside, nailing eight three-pointers (a career-high) in the eventual 122-105 win. He had five made threes in the first six minutes of the game alone on the way to 32 points.
L.A. shot 51.7 percent from long-range, and 54.9 percent from everywhere else, and at times it felt like they couldn’t miss. The offense certainly was humming along smoothly.
Game 2 of this second-round series is tomorrow in OKC, and Game 3 is Friday in Los Angeles.
Michael Carter-Williams, PG, Philadelphia 76ers: The Sixers had a downright abysmal season in 2013-14, but at least they’ve got some hope for the future now. Carter-Williams was named the NBA’s Rookie of the Year yesterday, completing a stellar campaign for him.
He was just the third rookie to lead his class in scoring, rebounding and assists, joining Oscar Robertson and Alvan Adams with that distinction.
Carter-Williams received 104 of 124 first-place votes. Allen Iverson is the only other Sixer ever to win the Rookie of the Year honor.
NBA Daily Schedule: Two second-round series will be getting their starts tonight. Here’s a look at the complete schedule, along with the start times and TV networks carrying each game.
Tuesday, May 6, 2014:
7:00 PM ET:
Brooklyn Nets at Miami Heat (TNT)
9:30 PM ET:
Portland Trail Blazers at San Antonio Spurs (TNT)
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