NBA News 5/5/16: Cavaliers Set NBA Record, Blow Out Hawks in Game 2
NBA Player Updates 5/5: The Latest News from Around the League, Tonight's TV Schedule and More
May 5, 2016
We’re in the midst of a bit of a slow period in the 2016 NBA Playoffs, as there was just one game last night and one tonight. There are more matchups on the horizon, however, so in the meantime let’s take our daily look at the headlines.
Cavaliers-Hawks: Last night at Quicken Loans Arena in Cleveland, the Cavaliers took a commanding 2-0 series lead on the Hawks with a dominant 123-98 victory.
Cleveland was nearly unstoppable from behind the 3-point arc in this one, as they drained an NBA-record 25 threes. That’s the most in any game ever--regular season included. J.R. Smith got hot here and made seven 3s, while LeBron James made four of his own on the way to 27 points. Cleveland’s starters were able to sit out the entire fourth quarter.
The final line was a 24-45 mark from 3-point range; the Cavs had 10 players who nailed at least one. 18 of them came in the first half alone.
The Hawks have now lost 10 straight playoff games to the Cavaliers, and are struggling to find a good formula for a much-needed victory. Atlanta was down 74-38 at halftime.
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Recently, there had been some speculation that Heat star Chris Bosh would try to return to the team during the playoffs, but yesterday that notion was put to rest.
Bosh has officially been ruled out for the remainder of the postseason, and his NBA future remains in question.
Bosh has been out since the All-Star break, when doctors discovered a blood clot in his left leg. That makes two straight years his season has been cut short by clotting.
When Bosh left the Heat, he was averaging a team-high 19.1 points, so his presence has been sorely missed. He’s still got three years and roughly $77 million left on his contract.
Next season, the NBA will start adding advertising to their jerseys as an additional source of revenue. We got a little clarity on that yesterday, as the league announced some preliminary guidelines.
There will be no alcohol, tobacco, gambling, politics, media or Nike competitors on the jerseys, which is a pretty sensible list when you think about it.
It remains to be seen what the new advertising will look like--and how fans will react to it.
NBA Daily Schedule: Here’s a look at the league’s daily schedule. Let’s check out the matchups, times and channels where you can find all the action.
Thursday, May 5, 2016:
8:00 PM ET:
Miami Heat at Toronto Raptors (ESPN, SN)
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