NBA News: Player News and Updates for 6/11/14
NBA Player Updates 6/11: Spurs Shoot the Lights Out, NBA Finals TV Schedule and More
June 11, 2014
We’re three games into the 2014 NBA Finals, and the anticipation is running high. It won’t be too much longer before we’ve officially reached the off-season, so with that in mind let’s check out some of the notable situations from around the league, in addition to the latest on the championship series.
Kawhi Leonard, SF, San Antonio Spurs: We would say that the Spurs shooting last night was like a video game, but not even video games go this well. The team shot an NBA-Finals-record 75.8 percent from the field in the first half, stunning the American Airlines Arena crowd that had come to see the Heat try and take back control of the series.
Instead they saw the Spurs have their way, helped out greatly by Leonard’s 29 points (a career-high) in what was eventually a 111-92 victory.
Miami didn’t necessarily play badly--they were simply the victims of an epic shooting performance. If we could point to one thing that didn’t go their way, it’s that Chris Bosh failed to make much of an impact. He scored nine points on just four shots.
The two-time defending champs are facing an uphill battle once again, but this is not an unfamiliar situation for them. They’ve been in this exact same spot before, just last year in fact.
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Latest Top 5 Mock Draft: The 2014 NBA Draft is a source of intrigue among hoops fans, and it’ll be a very dynamic and impacting class. Let’s take another look at our perceived top 5 right now, which of course is subject to change as that date gets closer.
1. Cleveland Cavaliers: Joel Embiid, C, Kansas
2. Milwaukee Bucks: Andrew Wiggins, SG, Kansas
3. Philadelphia 76ers: Jabari Parker, SF, Duke
4. Orlando Magic: Marcus Smart, PG, Oklahoma State
5. Utah Jazz: Aaron Gordon, PF, Arizona
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)Spurs Lead Series 2-1
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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