NBA News: Player News and Updates for 6/2/14
NBA Player Updates 6/2: NBA Finals Preview, TV Schedule and More
June 2, 2014
Now that we’ve had a day to digest the Western Conference Finals, it’s time to start looking forward to the NBA Finals, which will be tipping off in just a few days. In the meantime, there are plenty of storylines out there to pursue as we get ready for the last games of the year. Here’s a look at some of those key players and headlines.
NBA Finals Preview: We’ve still got a few days to wait before we get our encore of the 2013 NBA Finals, and in that time there’s sure to be a ton of speculation and storylines coming from all over the place. This is the first rematch in the Finals since 1998, and the Heat-Spurs series this year will be hard-pressed to equal the epic battle that took place in 2013.
All year, both Miami and San Antonio were considered the de facto best teams in their respective conferences. The Heat had a comparatively easy road in getting to the Finals for the fourth consecutive year, with the Pacers (who were long considered their only real competition) fizzling out in the waning days of the season and playoffs.
As for San Antonio, this will be their sixth visit to the final series, after winning championships in ‘99, ‘03, ‘05 and ‘07. They were up 3-2 on the Heat in Game 6 and 28.2 seconds away from another championship before Ray Allen hit the corner three heard ‘round the world and sparked the Heat’s unbelievable resurrection.
The big-name players will be on full display for this one--Parker (assuming his ankle is okay) and Duncan for San Antonio; James, Wade and Bosh for Miami--but the biggest impact on the series may come down to role-players like Chris Anderson and Boris Diaw.
Needless to say, it should be another epic battle that will provide edge-of-your-seat entertainment.
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Hornets Notes: We’ve got a couple of nuggets on the Hornets that came in over the weekend, so let’s head over to Charlotte and see what’s happening with them.
Young forward Michael Kidd-Gilchrist has reportedly been hard at work on his jump shot thus far in the off-season, working with Mark Price for the second straight year. The pair will be concentrating on adjusting Kidd-Gilchrist’s balance and release point in an attempt to stabilize his shooting motion.
Also, the team is optimistic that they’ll have forward Jeff Taylor back in time for summer-league action in July. He’s recuperating from a ruptured Achilles tendon. The team doesn’t want to rush things but will keep a close watch on his progress.
NBA Finals 2014 Schedule: Now that we’ve got a clear picture of what this year’s NBA Finals will look like, let’s take a look at the schedule for the big matchup.
Game 1 @ San Antonio: Thursday, June 5; 9:00 PM ET: (ABC)
Game 2 @San Antonio: Sunday, June 8; 8:00 PM ET: (ABC)
Game 3 @Miami: Tuesday, June 10; 9:00 PM ET: (ABC)
Game 4 @Miami: Thursday, June 12; 9:00 PM ET: (ABC)
*Game 5 @San Antonio: Sunday, June 15; 8:00 PM ET: (ABC)
*Game 6 @Miami: Tuesday, June 17; 9:00 PM ET: (ABC)
*Game 7 @San Antonio: Friday, June 20; 9:00 PM ET: (ABC)
*Games 5-7 if necessary.
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