NBA News: Player News and Updates for 6/3/14
NBA Player Updates 6/3: Outlooks, Updates, NBA Finals TV Schedule and More
June 3, 2014
We’ve got just two more days to wait for Game 1 of the 2014 NBA Finals, and the anticipation is running high. In the meantime, let’s pass the hours by taking our daily look at some of the notable storylines and players out there in the league. Here’s the latest from the NBA scene.
All-Defensive Team Picks: The NBA’s selections for All-Defensive team were announced yesterday, and there are relatively few surprises in there. Joakim Noah heads the 2013-14 class as the NBA Defensive Player of the Year, and this is his second year in a row on the team.
Behind Noah in the First Team voting were Paul George (Pacers), Chris Paul (Clippers), Serge Ibaka (Thunder) and Andre Iguodala (Warriors).
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Tony Parker Latest: One of the enduring storylines this week has been the health of Spurs guard Tony Parker. Yesterday, a report emerged that seemed pretty optimistic as far as the condition of his injured ankle. It went on to say that he “should be” able to play in Game 1 of the NBA Finals, a sentiment likely aided by the fact that the Spurs get a bit of a rest between series.
Parker has been rehabilitating since the Spurs closed out against the Thunder, but it’s been a nagging issue since Game 4 of that series. If this turns into a major issue--like his hamstring did last year--it could spell big trouble for the Spurs.
Roy Hibbert, C, Indiana Pacers: One player we’re bound to hear a lot of talk about this off-season is the Pacers’ Roy Hibbert. With Indy getting bounced out of the playoffs by their rival Miami (again), there’s been lots of speculation as far as how they’ll retool the team heading into the 2014-15 campaign.
Over the weekend, some rumors swirled that Hibbert’s camp said he wouldn’t be averse to a trade situation this off-season, but his agent denied it a couple of days later. Still, we have to wonder what the Pacers have in store for him. We’d imagine they’ll stick with what they’ve got for now--it was working for most of this year, anyway--and try to fix Hibbert’s issues internally. They don’t seem like the kind of organization that makes any rash moves, but stranger things have happened.
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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