NBA News: Player News and Updates for 5/17/14
NBA Player Updates 5/17: Injuries, Rumors, Upcoming TV Schedule and More
May 17, 2014
Last night was a barren one in the NBA; We’re still waiting on those conference championship series to begin. We’ve got another day to wait for tip-off, but in the meantime there’s plenty to talk about. With that in mind, let’s take our daily look at some of the headlines and see who’s making news out there.
Tony Parker, PG, San Antonio Spurs: We haven’t visited with Parker since he injured himself in the clinching Game 5 win against the Trail Blazers this past Wednesday, so let’s check up on him and see how he’s doing heading into Game 1 against the Thunder.
San Antonio’s veteran guard is dealing with a Grade 1 strain of his left hamstring and is listed as day-to-day. He was only able to play 10 minutes of his last outing and wasn’t able to score before exiting with tightness.
For what it’s worth, Parker believes he’ll be ready to go for the Western Conference Finals Game 1, and says this strain isn’t as bad as the one he had in the NBA Finals last year.
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Serge Ibaka, PF, Oklahoma City Thunder: The Thunder were dealt a horrific blow to their championship aspirations yesterday when it was announced that forward Serge Ibaka would be missing the rest of the postseason. He’ll be out due to the left calf injury he sustained in OKC’s clinching game over the Clippers in the Conference Semifinals this past Thursday.
Ibaka is dealing with a Grade 2 strain, and the team simply can’t risk their big man getting re-injured by trying to push his recovery timetable up. This is a devastating scenario for the Thunder, who will be without Ibaka’s double-digit statistical contributions each game.
Deron Williams, PG, Brooklyn Nets: Now let’s head over to the East and check out some rumors on one of the premiere point guards in the conference. There’s some speculation out there saying that Williams could be traded this off-season as part of a retooling effort by a Brooklyn team trying to recover after an ultimately disappointing season.
He’s not the only one who might not be there: Both Paul Pierce (free agency) and Kevin Garnett (retirement) are strong possibilities to exit as well. Williams, however, remains an X-factor after his lousy showing in the playoffs. Prepare for much speculation and hearsay regarding this team in the off-season.
NBA Daily Schedule: We’re out of luck until Sunday, when the Conference Finals kick off. Here’s a look at the complete schedule for the first games, along with the start times and TV networks carrying each matchup.
Sunday, May 18, 2014:
3:30 PM ET:
Miami Heat at Indiana Pacers (ABC)
Monday, May 19, 2014:
9:00 PM ET:
Oklahoma City Thunder at San Antonio Spurs (TNT)
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