NBA News: Player News and Updates for 5/15/14
NBA Player Updates 5/15: Heat and Spurs Win, Tonight's TV Schedule and More
May 15, 2014
We’ve got two more games on tap for the 2014 NBA Playoffs tonight, and it’s once again do or die for a pair of teams who will be on the floor. Before we get settled and check out all the action, let’s take our daily look around the league and see which players are making headlines out there. Here’s the latest.
LeBron James, SF, Miami Heat: It’s becoming something of a foregone conclusion that the Heat will reach the Eastern Conference Finals each year--this is their fourth time in a row accomplishing that feat.
They did it by taking care of the Brooklyn Nets last night in Game 5, thanks to a monster fourth quarter from the team’s stars. James led the way in the 96-94 win, with 29 points, nine rebounds and five assists. Dwyane Wade had 28, while Chris Bosh added 16 of his own. A late defensive stand helped Miami seal the deal. The 29-of-31 free throws didn’t hurt either.
The Heat will now await the winner of the Pacers-Wizards series.
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Kawhi Leonard, SF, San Antonio Spurs: In an equally short and ultimately snooze-worthy series, the Spurs also gained access to their conference finals by getting rid of the Trail Blazers in their own Game 5.
Leonard scored 22 points and also had seven rebounds with five big steals. Danny Green also added 22 of his own in the 104-82 win. It wasn’t all good news, though.
Tony Parker had to leave the game with a hamstring injury early in the second quarter after just 10 minutes of action and no points. It’s unclear at this point how severe his condition is, but the good news is that he’ll get plenty of time to rest before the conference finals.
The Spurs will play the winner of the Oklahoma City-Los Angeles series.
Around the NBA: Let’s touch on a couple of other topics that have been making headlines over the last day or so. One interesting entry in the search for a new head coach belongs to the Utah Jazz and none other than John Stockton. He’s apparently on Utah’s list of 20 (!) potential targets for the vacancy left by Tyrone Corbin.
As of right now, the team is just gauging his interest level, but we’d imagine it’ll be a hard sell. Stockton’s not much of a spotlight-seeker. Still, you never know…
Elsewhere, the sale of the Milwaukee Bucks (which has been overshadowed by about a million other things) is expected to be finalized today. The deal is for $550 million and the new owners will be Wesley Edens and Marc Lasry, who are hedge fund billionaires.
NBA Daily Schedule: Four more teams will be out on the court tonight as the playoffs chug along. Here’s a look at the complete schedule, along with the start times and TV networks carrying each game.
Thursday, May 15, 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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