NBA News: Player News and Updates for 5/31/14
NBA Player Updates 5/31: Heat Advance to Finals (Again), Tonight's TV Schedule and More
May 31, 2014
Now that the weekend is upon us, we NBA fans can pause and take a look forward to the impending 2014 NBA Finals. It won’t be too much longer before we crown a new (or returning) champion, so let’s savor these final days of basketball while we can. In the meantime, let’s take our daily look around the league at some of the noteworthy names out there.
LeBron James, SF, Miami Heat: Few people suspected the Heat would have too much trouble taking care of the floundering Pacers at home in Game 6 of the Eastern Conference Finals last night. The two-time defending champs won easily, posting a 117-92 victory to clinch the conference and head to the NBA Finals for the fourth consecutive season (they’re the first team to do that since the Celtics in 1984-87).
James led the way for Miami as usual, posting 25 points, six assists and four rebounds. Chris Bosh added 25 points (and when he contributes, the Heat usually win) while Mario Chalmers and Rashard Lewis each pitched in with 13.
This was the third straight year the Pacers have been eliminated at the hands of the Heat, who were carried by Paul George’s 29 points (most coming in mop-up time) and eight rebounds. David West also had 16 points of his own.
Now Miami will sit back and await the winner of the Spurs-Thunder series, which goes into Game 6 tonight. San Antonio is up 3-2 in that one.
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Carmelo Anthony Latest: In what’s sure to be an ongoing storyline from this off-season, we’ve got some fresh news on the Knicks’ Carmelo Anthony. A report came out yesterday saying that new GM Phil Jackson has talked with the All-Star to try and convince him to stay for (at least) one more year instead of bolting in free agency this off-season.
Jackson’s pitch was that it might befit Anthony to hang around New York for another season instead of opting out of his contract, just to see if he likes the new direction that the franchise is moving in. The Knicks still need a head coach after the firing of Mike Woodson and heir apparent Steve Kerr’s acceptance of the Warriors job.
We surely haven’t heard the last of this ongoing soap opera (Anthony is reportedly considering Jackson’s proposal), so this story is far from finished. We’ll keep you updated with the latest this off-season.
NBA Daily Schedule: The Spurs and Thunder will be back at it today in OKC, which could be a series-clinching game. Here’s a look at the schedule, start time and TV network carrying the matchup.
Saturday, May 31, 2014:
7:30 PM ET:
San Antonio Spurs at Oklahoma City Thunder (TNT)
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