NBA News: Player News and Updates for 6/14/14
NBA Player Updates 6/14: Game 5 Outlook, NBA Finals TV Schedule and More
June 14, 2014
There’s not much basketball left before the off-season lull, so we NBA fans need to get our fixes now. Before we settle in and await the extended break before Game 5 (which is tomorrow night), let’s take our daily look around the league and see who’s making headlines out there. Here’s the latest.
Heat Keys to Game 5: This is unfamiliar territory for the Heat. Prior to Thursday night’s Game 4 blowout at home, they hadn’t lost consecutive playoff games since 2012. It had seemed all but a foregone conclusion that they’d rebound on their friendly court after San Antonio shot the lights out in Game 3 and tie up the series as it switched locations again.
That didn’t exactly happen, obviously. Miami came out in an overall flat effort, succumbing to shooting woes and simply looking lost and overwhelmed on defense in the face of the Spurs’ crisp ball movement.
Part of the Game 4 problem was the combination of Chris Bosh and Dwyane Wade, who together tallied just 22 points. LeBron James scored 28 on his own, and looked like the only player in a Heat jersey who was anywhere near optimum.
In order to steal a win tomorrow night, Miami has to play nothing less than a perfect game--and also hope the Spurs fall off of theirs a little. It may simply be that the Heat are showing the wear and tear of a whopping 86 playoff games in the past four seasons. If that’s the case, a three-peat is getting further and further away from the realm of possibility.
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Cavaliers’ Coaching Search: It’s been longer than a month since the Cavaliers gave Mike Brown the boot, but by most indications we won’t have to wait too much longer before an announcement is made.
The list of potential names to take over the gig is quite long, including more than a dozen candidates from virtually everywhere. The team interviewed both Alvin Gentry and Tyronn Lue yesterday and will be conducting a meeting with David Blatt, who is coming off a job with Tel Aviv.
It doesn’t appear that a hire is imminent at this point, but it shouldn’t take too much longer. We’d imagine the decision will be made within the next week or two, however.
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) Spurs Lead Series 3-1
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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