NBA News: Player News and Updates for 5/7/14
NBA Player Updates 5/7: Heat and Spurs Win, Tonight's TV Schedule and More
May 7, 2014
We got another healthy dose of Round 2 NBA action last night, and so far it’s certainly lived up to the billing. We’re in for another two games this evening, so in the meantime let’s take our daily look around the league and check out some of the noteworthy players out there. Here’s the latest.
LeBron James, SF, Miami Heat: The two-time defending champions did something last night that they hadn’t been able to do all season: beat the Brooklyn Nets. James came up with 22 points in the 107-86 victory to lead Miami to a win in Game 1 of their second-round series.
The victory came courtesy of a 33-23 third quarter, during which the Heat shot 70 percent. They pulled away in the fourth, leading by as many as 23. One down-spot, though: Chris Anderson (Birdman) left with a knee contusion in the third. He’s day-to-day.
Game 2 is tomorrow in Miami.
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Tony Parker, PG, San Antonio Spurs: The Spurs, on the other hand, got out to their lead early and didn’t let up. They finished off the first quarter in Game 1 against the Trail Blazers last night with a 29-16 lead, then added to that with a 36-23 second. San Antonio would ultimately take it 116-92.
Parker had a big game once again with 33 points and nine assists, but Manu Ginobili had one of his notorious off-nights on an 0-for-6 line. Otherwise, the Spurs bench was in fine form yet again.
Game 2 is set for tomorrow in San Antonio, while Game 3 moves to Portland on Saturday.
Jackson Out in Golden State: We’d be remiss if we didn’t visit the Jackson situation, as the story has dominated the headlines since yesterday afternoon. The Warriors relieved him of his head coaching duties yesterday, after he’d amassed a combined record of 121-109 since 2011.
Jackson and the Warriors were coming off a 51-31 record this past season, but were ousted from the playoffs in the first round by their rival Clippers.
Despite all of Jackson’s success, this seems more like a situation where he and the team brass simply didn’t see eye to eye. By all accounts everyone loves playing for him, so we could see something of a complete overhaul--roster included--of this team before the 2014-15 campaign begins. The new regime will want to get their pieces in place, while some of the old players might not be comfortable sticking around. Needless to say, Jackson will be a hot commodity in the head coaching searches this off-season.
NBA Daily Schedule: Round 2 churns on this evening as four teams fight for position in their series. Here’s a look at the complete schedule, along with the start times and TV networks carrying each game.
Wednesday, May 7, 2014:
7:00 PM ET:
Washington Wizards at Indiana Pacers (TNT)
9:30 PM ET:
Los Angeles Clippers at Oklahoma City Thunder (TNT)
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