NBA News: Player News and Updates for 5/19/14
NBA Player Updates 5/19: Pacers Win, League Notes, Tonight's TV Schedule and More
May 19, 2014
Now that the conference finals have begun in the 2014 NBA Playoffs, it’s back to business as usual for us basketball fans. We’ve got another game to look forward to tonight, but before we kick back and wait for tip-off, let’s take our daily look around the league and see who’s making headlines right now.
Paul George, SF, Indiana Pacers: The Eastern Conference Finals are underway, and the Pacers have drawn first blood. They’re riding high off a solid victory yesterday to go up 1-0 in the series and send the defending champs back to the drawing board.
George was the high man for his team in the 107-96 win, logging 24 as part of a half-dozen Pacers in double figures.
The Heat are now 0-3 on the road in Game 1s during LeBron James’ tenure there. After their first two road Game 1 losses, they came back to win the next four games in each instance.
Game 2 is tomorrow in Indianapolis, and Game 3 will switch to Miami on Saturday.
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League News and Notes: There was a lot happening in the NBA over the weekend, and not all of it was on the court. Here’s a look at a few things that went down among several headline-making teams.
The Lakers are planning to keep PG Steve Nash around for the final year of his contract. He’ll be making $9.8 million in 2014-15. That said, look for L.A. to add some depth behind him.
Elsewhere on the Lakers bench, Pau Gasol announced this weekend that he’s over his vertigo problems, which caused him to sit in a dozen of the last 13 matchups on the Lakers’ schedule. He’ll be an unrestricted free agent this off-season.
Boston is denying all those trade rumors attached to PG Rajon Rondo, calling it “speculation.” He’ll be a free agent next summer, so a move might make sense--but Boston’s not having it apparently.
Bad news for Blazers fans. Big man LaMarcus Aldridge is unlikely to ink an extension this off-season, which opens the door to his free agency next year. He’s been said to have a desire to stay in Portland, but also is seeking a max deal. He’ll make around $16 million in his final year.
The Pelicans’ Tyreke Evans underwent minor surgery (arthroscopic) on his right knee and will be recovering for 6-8 weeks.
Conversely, the Warriors’ Andre Iguodala won’t need to go under the knife for his knee tendinitis or hip soreness. He’ll rest this off-season and should be good to go by the opener.
NBA Daily Schedule: The Western Conference Finals will be getting started tonight, and it should be a good series. Here’s a look at the schedule, along with the start time and TV networks where you can catch the game.
Monday, May 19, 2014:
9:00 PM ET:
Oklahoma City Thunder at San Antonio Spurs (TNT, TSN)
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