NBA News: Player News and Updates for 5/20/14
NBA Player Updates 5/20: Spurs Win Game 1, Tonight's TV Schedule and More
May 20, 2014
Now that we’ve gotten a dose of both the Eastern Conference Finals and the Western Conference Finals in these 2014 NBA Playoffs, it really feels like we’re close to crowing a champion. There’s still plenty of news to digest this morning, so with that said let’s take our daily look around the league and see what’s happening out there.
Tim Duncan, SF, San Antonio Spurs: The Spurs are getting used to winning Game 1s. They won their 10th straight last night in the opener of the Western Conference Finals against the Thunder, which is one shy of tying the NBA record of the Jordan-era Bulls.
Without Serge Ibaka to stop them, San Antonio feasted in the paint, scoring more than half their points (66) in that area during the 122-105 win. Duncan ended up with 27 points in all after hitting seven of his first eight attempts.
On the other side, Kevin Durant put up 28 and Russell Westbrook posted 25.
Game 2 will be tomorrow in San Antonio, while the series switches to OKC for Game 3 on Sunday.
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Kevin Love, PF, Minnesota Timberwolves: Love has dominated the NBA headlines over the past couple of days, so let’s check in on that situation. His camp has reportedly told the Timberwolves that he’ll be leaving via free agency if he’s not traded before his contract is up.
Though this is obviously bad news for Minnesota, there are several teams out there who would potentially be interested in Love’s services. Those squads include the Celtics (who have reportedly already offered a lottery pick--as long as it’s not a top-3 selection), Knicks, Suns, Bulls, Lakers and Warriors. The T-Wolves are also reportedly open to trading him.
Love had 65 double-doubles last season, which led the NBA. There will likely be a whole lot more to this story, so we’ll keep you posted.
Injury Notes: Let’s check in on a couple of injury situations out there before we get back to the on-court business. First off, there’s the Heat’s Greg Oden. The team is planning on increasing his practice workload following a spate of back spasms that plagued him over the latter part of the season. He’ll get a reevaluation next week and could still appear in the Eastern Conference Finals.
Then there’s the Warriors’ Andrew Bogut. A report came out yesterday which contained some of his comments about his health. The big man said he’s two weeks away from being back to 100 percent following a fractured rib. The injury occurred in April, and as a result he missed the entire postseason. Bogut said he’ll reevaluate himself after the remaining three years he’s got on his contract.
NBA Daily Schedule: We’re heading back to the Eastern Conference for Game 2 of their Finals tonight, and it should be a good one. Here’s a look at the schedule, with the start time and TV networks you can catch the game on.
Tuesday, May 20, 2014:
8:30 PM ET:
Miami Heat at Indiana Pacers (ESPN, TSN)
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