NBA News: Player News and Updates for 5/25/14
NBA Player Updates 5/25: Heat Take Game 3, Upcoming TV Schedule and More
May 25, 2014
We’re 1/3 of the way through the long weekend, and the NBA Playoffs action has already begun. We’ve got more on-court action coming our way today and tomorrow, but before we settle in and wait for tip-off, let’s take our daily look at some of the headlines out there and see what’s happening.
LeBron James, SF, Miami Heat: After dropping Game 1 of the Eastern Conference Finals against the Indiana Pacers, the defending champs are back in the driver’s seat. The Heat took a 99-87 victory at home last night, taking control of the series 2-1.
James led the way for his team, posting a game-high 26 points. Partners in crime Dwyane Wade (23 points) and Ray Allen (16 points on 4-for-4 three-point shooting) also pitched in to help.
It wasn’t always easy for Miami. They were down 22-37 in the second quarter, but were able to rally behind a strong defensive presence and confidence on their home court.
On the other side, Paul George scored 17 to lead his team, but ultimately didn’t factor much into the final outcome as he looked pretty rusty after missing time this past week due to a concussion in Game 2.
A pivotal Game 4 is tomorrow night in Miami, with the winner gaining some significant momentum heading back to Indianapolis.
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Taj Gibson, PF, Chicago Bulls: Here’s an interesting little nugget concerning the Bulls. By all indications (including his own), Gibson will be the Bulls’ starter next season in replacement of Carlos Boozer.
Gibson made news yesterday when a quote of his emerged. He said the coaching staff recently told him to begin his preparations to be a starter this coming season. That would lend some potent credence to the theory that Chicago will use their amnesty provision on Boozer’s deal and move away from him this off-season.
Boozer has been a point of contention among Bulls faithful since he was signed a few seasons back. Since then, his results haven’t exactly lived up to his expectations, and Gibson has increasingly gained favor with defensive-minded head coach Tom Thibodeau. We won’t be certain what happens until the team pulls the trigger on something, but it’s sure to be an interesting off-season in the Windy City.
NBA Daily Schedule: The league will get going again today, which continues the long weekend of activity. Here’s a look at the schedule, along with the start times and TV networks carrying the games.
Sunday, May 25, 2014:
8:30 PM ET:
San Antonio Spurs at Oklahoma City Thunder (TNT, TSN)
Monday, May 26, 2014:
8:30 PM ET:
Indiana Pacers at Miami Heat (ESPN, TSN2)
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