NBA News: Player News and Updates for 5/28/14
NBA Player Updates 5/28: Thunder Win Game 4, Tonight's TV Schedule and More
May 28, 2014
The conference finals in the 2014 NBA Playoffs are creeping closer and closer to their respective conclusions, and soon we’ll crown a champion for the season. Before we start looking ahead, however, let’s take our daily glance at the league’s headlines and key players to see what’s happening out there right now.
Russell Westbrook, PG, Oklahoma City Thunder: The Spurs just can’t win in Oklahoma City. San Antonio lost their ninth straight game in OKC and their 12th in the last 14 games as the Thunder tied up the Western Conference Finals last night at two games apiece.
Westbrook notched 40 points and a career playoff-high five steals in the 105-92 victory, with partner in crime Kevin Durant notching 31 points on 11-for-22 from the floor. Spark plug Serge Ibaka added nine points, eight rebounds and three blocks to the cause.
Meanwhile, it was an altogether off-game for the Spurs’ big-name players, starting with Tony Parker’s 14 points, four assists and four turnovers. Tim Duncan had just nine points while Manu Ginobili had only five on 2-for-8 shooting.
As a team, San Antonio shot just 39.8 percent from the floor--their second consecutive game under 40 percent. They were down by 27 points in the third quarter, but rallied to within 12 behind their bench players.
One noteworthy injury situation to watch is OKC’s Reggie Jackson, who injured his ankle early in the game. He came back briefly but ended up coming out for good in the third.
Game 5 is tomorrow in San Antonio.
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Kings Want Love: You can throw another name into the hat containing all of the potential suitors for disgruntled Timberwolves star Kevin Love. The Sacramento Kings--who are notoriously timid when it comes to pulling off big-name deals--are reportedly willing to jump into the fray in an effort to acquire the T-Wolves’ big man.
Kings brass have reportedly already let Minnesota management know how they feel, and that they’re willing to pull the trigger on a trade even if Love won’t guarantee he’ll sign with the team long-term.
Sacramento owns the No. 8 overall pick in this year’s NBA Draft, and that selection would most definitely ship over to Minnesota in any potential deal. If they are able to pull off a trade, the Kings feel they could convince Love to stay with the team long-term after he gets a taste of playing alongside DeMarcus Cousins in the frontcourt.
Potentially derailing Sacramento’s plans are several other teams believed to have significant interest in Love. Those teams include the Bulls, Rockets, Warriors, Knicks and Lakers. It’ll be interesting to see how things ultimately shake out.
NBA Daily Schedule: The league will get going again tonight, keeping a busy week moving. Here’s a look at the schedule, along with the start times and TV networks carrying the games.
Wednesday, May 28, 2014:
8:30 PM ET:
Miami Heat at Indiana Pacers (ESPN, TSN)
Thursday, May 29, 2014:
9:00 PM ET:
Oklahoma City Thunder at San Antonio Spurs (TNT, TSN)
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