NBA News: Player News and Updates for 5/24/14
NBA Player Updates 5/24: What to Watch Tonight, Weekend TV Schedule and More
May 24, 2014
After a bit of a lull in the 2014 NBA Playoffs over the past couple of days, we’ll be getting back to business tonight. Before we get settled in and wait for tip-off, let’s take our daily look at some of the noteworthy players and situations happening around the league right now. Here’s the latest.
What to Watch Tonight: The Eastern Conference Finals will be kicking back into gear this evening after an extended layoff and a venue switch to Miami. The Pacers and Heat are tied at one game apiece in this one following a solid Game 1 from Indiana and a bounce-back in Game 2 from the defending champs.
For the Pacers, their main concern is SF Paul George, who was a game-time decision early yesterday following a concussion (courtesy of Dwyane Wade’s knee) in Game 2. The good news is that he’s been upgraded and will play in tonight’s game. How effective he’ll be remains to be seen. If he’s not playing well, Indy can kiss their chances at advancing goodbye.
As for Miami, they’ve definitely got the upper hand in this series since their Game 2 win. The Pacers just plain don’t play well in South Beach, and splitting the series in Indianapolis will go a long way toward getting the Heat to a fourth straight NBA Finals. Their major focus in Game 3 should be on Chris Bosh, who (along with Udonis Haslem) didn’t have quite the impact in Game 2 as they envisioned. If Bosh can get his mid-range shot going early--and thus cause Indiana’s Roy Hibbert to cheat away from the basket--good things will happen for the Heat. That’ll be something to watch this evening.
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Serge Ibaka, PF, Oklahoma City Thunder: Maybe there’s a ray of hope on the horizon for the Thunder after all. Word broke yesterday afternoon that Ibaka had been upgraded to day-to-day following his calf injury sustained during the series-clinching win in the last round against the Clippers. He had initially been ruled out for the remainder of the playoffs, but this upgrade offers a chance for him to be able to hit the floor.
Ibaka’s new diagnosis comes after a quick and unexpected reduction in swelling, so it sounds like he’s progressing much faster than anyone anticipated. A statement released by the Thunder yesterday said there was a “possibility” that he could play in the Western Conference Finals. We’ll keep you posted before tomorrow’s game.
NBA Daily Schedule: The league will get going again tonight, 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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