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NBA News: Player News and Updates for 5/8/14

NBA Player Updates 5/8: Pacers and Thunder Win, Tonight's TV Schedule and More

May 8, 2014

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The second round of the 2014 NBA Playoffs continues today with a pair of Game 2s on the schedule. Before we get settled in and wait on those tip-offs, let’s take our daily look around the league and see what’s happening in the headlines. Here’s the latest on some of the major players out there.

Roy Hibbert, C, Indiana Pacers: Hey, remember Roy Hibbert? Well, he broke out of his slumber last night after several days of being poked at by fans and media alike. The big man scored 28 points (which was almost as many [29] as he’d scored in his previous seven games combined) in the Pacers’ Game 2 victory over the Wizards.
Indiana took the win 86-82 to even the series at one game apiece and momentarily silence their doubters.
On the other side, Marcin Gortat led Washington with 21 points. They’ll take home court advantage back to DC for Games 3 (tomorrow) and 4 (Sunday).

NBA News: Player News and Updates for 5/8/14

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Russell Westbrook, SG, Oklahoma City Thunder: Not to be outdone, the Thunder also evened their second-round series against the Clippers. Westbrook notched another triple-double--his third of the postseason--on 31 points, 10 rebounds and 10 assists in the 112-101 Game 2 victory. Reigning MVP Kevin Durant posted 32 of his own with 12 rebounds and nine assists in a near triple-double effort.
Unsung hero Thabo Sefalosha notched 14 points, but was more of a nuisance on defense, frustrating the Clippers shooters into futility and helping to keep the Thunder on top.
Game 3 is tomorrow in L.A., and Sunday is Game 4.

Warriors Head Coaching Possibilities: With the firing of Golden State head coach Mark Jackson this week, the next question that comes naturally is who the team will get to fill that vacancy. The Warriors have said that they’re not working within a specific timetable and don’t have any set criteria when it comes to selecting a new guy.
Over the coming weeks, you’ll hear just about every high-profile available coach being attached to this position. It’s probably the most attractive potential vacancy in the NBA right now, given the plethora of talent on the roster. Names being tossed around in the early-going are Steve Kerr, San Van Gundy, Kevin Ollie (Connecticut) and Fred Hoiberg (Iowa State). We’ve even heard Tom Izzo (Michigan State) in the conversation.
It’ll be a while before we get an answer here, but we’ll keep you posted on all the gossip and potential candidates as the search continues.

NBA Daily Schedule: We’ve got a pair of Game 2s on tap for tonight, so it should be a good time. Here’s a look at the complete schedule, along with the start times and TV networks carrying each game.

Thursday, May 8, 2014:

7:00 PM ET:
Brooklyn Nets at Miami Heat (ESPN2, Sportsnet One)

9:30 PM ET:
Portland Trail Blazers at San Antonio Spurs (ESPN2, Sportsnet One)

For the latest article updates, follow Andrew on Twitter @SCPAndrew.

 

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