NBA News: Player News and Updates for 5/22/14
NBA Player Updates 5/22: Paul George, Spurs Win, Upcoming TV Schedule and More
May 22, 2014
With the Conference Finals switching venues (and the league wanting to get those weekend ratings), the NBA will be quiet for the next couple of days. There’s still plenty to talk about though, from injury situations to the upcoming draft. Here’s a look at some of the notable happenings out there.
Tony Parker, PG, San Antonio Spurs: This Spurs-Thunder series is shaping up to be just like the last one. In 2012, San Antonio beat OKC twice at home to go up 2-0, and that’s exactly what they’ve done so far in 2014.
Things were close until Danny Green got hot from outside (he’d eventually hit seven threes) in the waning minutes of the first half, then the Spurs never looked back. They’d take it 112-77 on the strength of Green’s 21 and Parker’s 22.
Oklahoma City stars Kevin Durant and Russell Westbrook didn’t even play the fourth quarter, seemingly accepting their fate after failing to figure out how to go on without Serge Ibaka.
The Thunder need a decisive pair of games on their home court if they’re going to get back into this series. Game 3 will be on Sunday in Oklahoma City, with Game 4 coming Tuesday.
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Paul George, SF, Indiana Pacers: The Pacers’ worst fears were confirmed yesterday when their star forward George was diagnosed with a concussion. He was kneed in the head by Dwyane Wade during Game 2 of the Eastern Conference Finals and admitted to blacking out after the game.
Here’s the good news for Indiana: George has three days of rest and recuperation before Saturday’s Game 3 in Miami. He must be symptom-free and pass the league-mandated concussion tests in order to be able to play. Without him, the Pacers can pretty much abandon any hope they’ve got of advancing to the NBA Finals. We’ll keep you posted.
Mock Top 10: Now that the draft order has been determined, we can begin what’s sure to be a busy (and ultimately meaningless) month of speculation as far as where the top picks will land. Rumors have already been swirling about what Cleveland’s top pick will be, but we won’t know for sure until they’re on the clock. On that note, we’ve got our inaugural attempt at picking a top 10, so let’s take a look and see how things might shake out.
1. Cleveland Cavaliers: Jabari Parker, SF, Duke
2. Milwaukee Bucks: Andrew Wiggins, SF, Kansas
3. Philadelphia 76ers: Joel Embiid, C, Kansas
4. Orlando Magic: Julius Randle, PF, Kentucky
5. Utah Jazz: Dante Exum, PG, Australia
6. Boston Celtics: Noah Vonleh, PF, Indiana
7. Los Angeles Lakers: Aaron Gordon, PF/SF, Arizona
8. Sacramento Kings: Marcus Smart, PG, Oklahoma State
9. Charlotte Hornets: Dario Saric, SF, Croatia
10. Philadelphia 76ers: Doug McDermott, SF, Creighton
NBA Daily Schedule: The league won’t pick back up until Saturday, which marks the beginning of a two-game weekend. Here’s a look at the schedule, along with the start times and TV networks carrying the games.
Saturday, May 24, 2014:
8:30 PM ET:
Indiana Pacers at Miami Heat (ESPN, TSN)
Sunday, May 25, 2014:
San Antonio Spurs at Oklahoma City Thunder (TNT, TSN)
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