NBA News: Player News and Updates for 5/27/14
NBA Player Updates 5/27: Heat One Win Away, Tonight's TV Schedule and More
May 27, 2014
The conference finals are in full swing in the 2014 NBA Playoffs, and we’ve already seen some very impressive things out there on the court. We’ll be getting even more tonight, as the final round before the NBA Finals continues. That said, let’s take our daily look around the league and see what’s happening out there.
LeBron James, SF, Miami Heat: This Eastern Conference Finals series hasn’t quite been the ultimate showdown many thought it would be near the beginning of the season. It’s now little more than a formality that the two-time defending champs will make it back to the NBA Finals (which will be their fourth straight) after another big win against the Indiana Pacers in Game 4 last night.
James led the way in the 102-90 victory, logging 32 points and 10 rebounds. The strong performance put to rest a string of headlines centered around the Pacers’ Lance Stephenson’s trash talk leading up to the game.
Helping James out in the cause were Chris Bosh (25 points; 3-for-5 from three-point range) and Dwyane Wade (15 points) as the Big Three dominated yet again.
On the other side, Paul George had 23 points while David West posted 20 in yet another lackluster effort from the Pacers. Adding further insult was a scoreless Roy Hibbert.
Game 5 is tomorrow in Indianapolis. The Pacers may eke out a win on their home floor there, but they’ve all but raised the white flag in this series.
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Western Conference Finals Injury News: Tonight’s pivotal Game 4 of the Western Conference Finals will contain a couple of interesting storylines on the injury front. First, there’s Oklahoma City’s Serge Ibaka, who Made a surprise comeback in Game 3 after initially being ruled out for the remainder of the playoffs due to a calf injury. He said yesterday that his much talked-about calf was feeling good, and that he expects to be able to play tonight against the Spurs. Good thing for OKC, too. Ibaka’s presence breathed new life into their season after they were blown out by a combined 52 points in Games 1 and 2.
On the other side, the Spurs are dealing with a key injury of their own with veteran Manu Ginobili. He was forced out of Game 3 during the fourth quarter, thanks to a foot injury, but said after the game that he was fine. Whether or not that’s true, we’ll have to wait and see. One thing’s for sure, though: The Spurs really need him to be healthy if they want to take back control of this series.
NBA Daily Schedule: The league will get going again today, following a long weekend of activity. Here’s a look at the schedule, along with the start times and TV networks carrying the games.
Tuesday, May 27, 2014:
9:00 PM ET:
San Antonio Spurs at Oklahoma City Thunder (TNT, TSN)
Wednesday, May 28, 2014:
8:30 PM ET:
Miami Heat at Indiana Pacers (ESPN, TSN)
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