NBA News: Player News and Updates for 5/11/14
NBA Player Updates 5/11: Nets and Spurs Win, Tonight's TV Schedule and More
May 11, 2014
After another exciting pair of games yesterday, the 2014 NBA Playoffs trudge on. We’ve got two more matchups to look forward to in the coming hours, but before we get settled in and wait for tip-off, let’s take our daily look around the league and see who’s making headlines right now.
Joe Johnson, SG, Brooklyn Nets: After dropping the first two games in Miami, the Nets got one game under their belts at home last night. The big stat in the 104-90 victory came in the form of rebounds. Brooklyn out-rebounded the defending champs 43-27, helping to hold the Heat to 33 points in the second and third quarters combined.
Johnson led the way offensively with 19 points, with Andray Blatche (15 points; 10 rebounds) and Mirza Teletovic giving uplifting bench performances.
The Heat are still up 2-1, and they’ll try to steal one tomorrow in Brooklyn before the series takes its talents back to South Beach on Wednesday.
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Tony Parker, PG, San Antonio Spurs: Over the past three games, this Spurs team has been playing like the dominant Western force it had materialized into during the regular season. San Antonio is now up 3-0 over Portland in the second-round series after a 118-103 win on the road last night. The Spurs were a perfect 25-for-25 from the line, which marked the first time in franchise history that the team hadn’t missed a foul shot in a postseason game.
Parker finished with 29 points (20 in the first half), and Tim Duncan added 19 with seven rebounds.
The Spurs can finish things up with a sweep tomorrow night.
What to Watch Today: We’ve got a couple of good ones on tap for today, so let’s take a brief look at the Thunder-Clippers matchup (which will be the first game) and see what’s at stake for the teams involved.
First off, there’s Oklahoma City and Los Angeles, who for once are playing an early game. The Thunder lead this one 2-1, thanks not only to reigning MVP Kevin Durant (who has 93 points through three games) and Russell Westbrook (who has 83), but also to oft-forgotten third man Serge Ibaka. He came up big in Game 2 to help the Thunder sway things toward their own favor.
As for Los Angeles, this is about as close to a must-win game as you can get without technically being a must-win. They’re playing on their home floor and will drop to the very difficult position of 1-3 in the series with a loss here. They were beat up in the paint during Game 2, so DeAndre Jordan and Blake Griffin will have to make a stand there. Secondary scoring from the likes of Matt Barnes and J.J. Redick will also come in handy.
NBA Daily Schedule: Four more teams will be out on the court today as the playoffs continue. Here’s a look at the complete schedule, along with the start times and TV networks carrying each game.
Sunday, May 11, 2014:
3:30 PM ET:
Oklahoma City Thunder at Los Angeles Clippers (ABC, TSN)
8:00 PM ET:
Indiana Pacers at Washington Wizards (TNT, Sportsnet One)
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