NBA News: Player News and Updates for 5/4/14
NBA Player Updates 5/4: Pacers and Clippers Win, Tonight's TV Schedule and More
May 4, 2014
The first round of the 2014 NBA Playoffs will be coming to an end today, with two big Game 7s on the slate. Before we get settled in and check out all the action, let’s take our daily look around the league and check out some of the important happenings out there. Here’s the latest.
Paul George, SF, Indiana Pacers: Coming into this Game 7, the odds were stacked against Atlanta. They were 0-8 in road Game 7s in franchise history, and that mark dropped to 0-9 as the Pacers found some life on their home court.
Indy got back to what they were good at, which is strong defense and a powerful presence under the basket, and finally woke up to take the deciding game against Atlanta last night 92-80. George posted 30 points (a career postseason-high) and 11 rebounds for double-double No. 6 in the series.
Leading the Hawks in scoring was Kyle Korver, who put up 19 points on a Hawks team that shot just .304 in all and 11-for-44 from beyond the arc.
Game 1 for the Pacers against the Wizards is tomorrow in Indianapolis; Game 2 is Wednesday.
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Kevin Durant, SF, Oklahoma City Thunder: You know what? He really is Mr. Reliable. Durant posted 33 points to lead his team in a decisive Game 7 against the Grizzlies last night, powering through a tough series that showed many flaws in the Thunder’s game.
Durant did his best to correct OKC’s transgressions in the finale, leading his squad to a 120-109 win.
We can’t forget about Russell Westbrook here; He nailed a triple-double with 27 points, 16 assists and 10 rebounds. He also tied a franchise record for postseason assists (Nate McMillan; Seattle).
There will be lots of talk about this one since Zach Randolph was suspended, but OKC did what they had to do.
DeAndre Jordan, C, Los Angeles Clippers: It was a tough opening-round series for the Clippers, but it’s now in their rearview mirror. L.A. finished off Golden State with a 126-121 victory that by no means was in the bag the whole way. The Clippers only managed to snatch a lead in the third quarter, and traded punches with the Warriors until time ran out.
Jordan was instrumental here, finishing with 15 points, 18 rebounds and three blocks. Blake Griffin also helped out with 24 points, a team-high.
Next up is Game 1 against the Thunder tomorrow night in Oklahoma City. Game 2 is Wednesday.
NBA Daily Schedule: Four teams will be out on the court today, and for two of them, it’ll be their last game of the season. Here’s a look at the complete schedule, along with the start times and TV networks carrying each game.
Sunday, May 4, 2014:
1:00 PM ET:
Brooklyn Nets at Toronto Raptors (ABC, TSN)
3:30 PM ET:
Dallas Mavericks at San Antonio Spurs (ABC, TSN)
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