NBA News: Player News and Updates for 5/9/14
NBA Player Updates 5/9: Heat and Spurs Win, Tonight's TV Schedule and More
May 9, 2014
The 2014 NBA Playoffs roll on tonight with another two-game set on the schedule. We’re getting down to crunch time in this second round, so anything is certainly possible out there on the court. While we’re waiting on tip-offs, let’s take our daily look around the league and see what’s happening out there.
LeBron James, SF, Miami Heat: The epic series we all had in mind between the Heat and Nets isn’t shaping up that way. Miami took their second straight game against Brooklyn last night, with a group effort leading to a 94-82 win. James led five players who scored in double-figures, posting 22 points, three assists and four rebounds.
Dwyane Wade posted 14, and Chris Bosh added 18 with six rebounds.
Brooklyn was in control until late in the third quarter, but the defending champs pushed their way past and never looked back.
Next up is Game 3, which is Saturday in Brooklyn. The Heat will be going for their ninth straight playoff win in that one.
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Kawhi Leonard, SF, San Antonio Spurs: Not to be outdone, the Spurs also went up 2-0 in their second-round series as well. San Antonio toppled the Trail Blazers 114-97 last night, thanks to Leonard’s 20 points (including an 8-for-9 line and four three-pointers). Manu Ginobili bounced back with 16 points, and Tony Parker posted 16 with 10 assists.
On the other side, Nicolas Batum had a nice game with 21 points, but LaMarcus Aldridge shot just 6-for-23 on the way to his double-double of 15 points and 10 rebounds.
San Antonio has now shot better than 55 percent during the first two quarters in each of their most recent three postseason games.
They’ll try to keep it going tomorrow night in Portland for Game 3. Game 4 is on Monday.
Jamal Crawford, PG, Los Angeles Clippers: Congratulations to Crawford, who won the NBA’s Sixth Man Award yesterday. He’s the oldest recipient of the honor (at 34 years old), and the first to win it with different teams (he also won with the Hawks in 2010).
Crawford led the league in bench scoring this year, with 18.6 PPG on the way to a 57-25 regular season record (a franchise best) for the Clippers.
Also among Crawford’s many accomplishments this season is a franchise record for made 3-pointers with 161.
NBA Daily Schedule: Four more teams will be in action tonight as the second round continues. Here’s a look at the complete schedule, along with the start times and TV networks carrying each game.
Friday, May 9, 2014:
8:00 PM ET:
Indiana Pacers at Washington Wizards (ESPN, TSN2)
10:30 PM ET:
Oklahoma City Thunder at Los Angeles Clippers (ESPN, TSN2)
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