NBA News: Player News and Updates for 6/10/14
NBA Player Updates 6/10: Injury Updates, NBA Finals TV Schedule and More
June 10, 2014
Tonight marks another installment of the NBA Finals, with Game 3 on tap in Miami. While we’re getting settled in and waiting on tip-off, let’s take our daily look around the league and check out some of the recent happenings and noteworthy players out there. Here’s the latest.
Keys to Game 3: We’re just two games into the 2014 NBA Finals, and we’ve already seen some very interesting things. From LeBron’s “Cramp-Gate” in the opener to the resurgence of Miami (and concurrent missed opportunities from San Antonio), this series has had everything so far.
Entering play tonight in South Beach, the defending champions now have full control of the Finals. Not only did LeBron silence his critics with a stellar 35-point performance in Game 2, but fellow Big Three frat member Chris Bosh also stepped out from the shadows with a solid game himself. The Heat have been through this dance before (four straight times now) and they know exactly what they’re doing.
Meanwhile, the Spurs do have some questions to answer to themselves--most notably what exactly happened down the stretch in Game 2 when they couldn’t make a free throw. Those doubts shouldn’t linger for long, however, as San Antonio is a veteran team as well and can put the home split behind them with relative ease. Expect a clean slate heading into tonight’s game.
The early indications seem to be that this series could go the distance yet again. It would seem to be the fitting ending for the NBA’s two best teams.
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Injury Notes: We’ve got a few injury updates that have made news over the past few days, so let’s use this downtime to check out some of the notable happenings on that front.
The Hornets' Al Jefferson is back practicing, no longer given pain by his plantar fascia, which he had surgery on. He’s coming off a nice season and will be looking to duplicate his success in 2014-15.
Over in Denver, Ty Lawson will be out for 3-4 more weeks, but won’t have to go under the knife to repair his injured ankle. He’ll be getting back to full workouts next month and will be able to run at that time.
Michel Carter-Williams seems to be doing well. He’s reportedly ahead of schedule as he rehabs following his recent shoulder surgery. This season’s Rookie of the Year had a torn labrum and will forego appearing in the summer league.
Meanwhile, Atlanta’s Al Horford is recovering from pectoral surgery and at the moment is doing non-contact rehabilitation. Barring an unexpected setback, he should be good to go by training camp time.
Knicks Hire Fisher: We’ll explore this topic more later in the week, but we’ll simply mention it for now. According to reports that emerged yesterday, the Knicks have hired longtime NBA veteran Derek Fisher to coach the team, and will announce the move in this morning’s news conference.
Some rumors are saying Fisher will be making in the neighborhood of $25 million on a five-year deal.
NBA Finals 2014 Schedule: Here’s a closer look at what we can be expecting schedule-wise during these 2014 NBA Finals between the Heat and the Spurs:
Game 1 @ San Antonio: Thursday, June 5; 9:00 PM ET: (ABC)Spurs Lead Series 1-0
Game 2 @San Antonio: Sunday, June 8; 8:00 PM ET: (ABC) Series Tied 1-1
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 6-7 if necessary.
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