NBA News: Player News and Updates for 5/29/14
NBA Player Updates 5/29: Pacers Stay Alive, Tonight's TV Schedule and More
May 29, 2014
It’s been an interesting Conference Finals round in the 2014 NBA Playoffs so far, and we’ve still got plenty more basketball to go. Before we get settled in and await tip-off tonight, let’s take our daily look around the league and see who’s making headlines right now. Here’s the latest.
Paul George, SF, Indiana Pacers: The Pacers have a little breathing room today after a Game 5 victory last night. The circumstances behind the victory were a little unusual, however, but we’ll get to that in a moment.
George nailed 21 of his 37 points in the final quarter, helping Indiana to a 93-90 victory that pulled them to 2-3 in the Eastern Conference Finals. He and David West scored the Pacers’ final 36 points, and all 29 in the fourth quarter.
Meanwhile, Game 5 became LeBron James’ worst playoff outing as a pro. He got into some early foul trouble and hardly saw the court in the second quarter (he played just one minute in that one). When the dust settled, James logged only 24 minutes and seven points all together.
Even with James sitting for most of the game, the Heat still fought, tying the game at 81-81 late in the fourth. A Chris Bosh three in the final seconds would have given them the win, but his shot missed.
Game 6 is back in Miami, where the Pacers just can’t seem to win. That one’s tomorrow.
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Joerger Inks Extension: As expected, Memphis Grizzlies owner Robert Pera has put his money where his mouth is. He signed head coach Dave Joerger to a contract extension this week, including a fourth-year guarantee and a fifth-year team option.
Joerger had twice interviewed with the Timberwolves about their head coaching vacancy, and there had been some fears in Memphis that he’d be jumping ship. He and Pera were able to have a face-to-face meeting after his return from Minnesota, however, and the two sides renewed their commitments to each other.
Joerger went 50-32 in 2013, helping the Grizzlies to clinch the No. 7 seed in a very competitive Western Conference. The team pushed Oklahoma City to the brink in the first round of the playoffs, getting eliminated in Game 7.
Next on the agenda for the Grizzlies is finding a new GM--not to mention looking forward to the upcoming NBA Draft, where they hold the No. 22 overall pick.
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.
Thursday, May 29, 2014:
9:00 PM ET:
Oklahoma City Thunder at San Antonio Spurs (TNT, TSN)
Friday, May 30, 2014:
8:30 PM ET:
Indiana Pacers at Miami Heat (ESPN, TSN)
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