NBA News: Player News and Updates for 5/5/14
NBA Player Updates 5/5: Nets and Spurs Win, Tonight's TV Schedule and More
May 5, 2014
The second round of the NBA Playoffs begins tonight, with an assortment of already-weary teams hitting the floor in their bid for a championship. While we’re waiting on game-time, let’s take our daily look around the league and see what’s happening out there. Here’s the latest.
Joe Johnson, SG, Brooklyn Nets: The Nets squeaked by the Raptors yesterday, which was a history-making game in a couple of respects. Brooklyn head coach Jason Kidd is now the first rookie coach to win a Game 7 in the history of the league. The win also sealed a franchise mark, as the first Game 7 victory in the history of the Nets.
Now, on to the actual game. Joe Johnson had a huge fourth quarter on the way to a game-high 26 points in Brooklyn’s 104-103 win, and Paul Pierce also came up with a big block to put the victory in the bag.
The Nets were up by 10 late in the game, but Toronto cued up a last-minute charge that nearly got them the improbable win.
Brooklyn gets the unenviable task of facing a rested Heat squad in Round 2. That series begins tomorrow night in Miami.
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Tony Parker, PG, San Antonio Spurs: The Spurs and Mavericks played an unbelievably competitive series, but Game 7 was anything but. San Antonio was in control early, and Dallas never gained traction in the 119-96 series-ending Spurs victory. Parker was the big contributor for his team, scoring 32 points. Manu Ginobili also nailed another 20 off the bench.
The Mavericks haven’t been able to get past the first round of the playoffs since their NBA-title-winning season a few years back. Turnovers killed the team in this one--they coughed it up 14 times, which led to 26 Spurs points.
San Antonio will now move on to Round 2 to face the Trail Blazers. That one begins at home tomorrow night. Game 2 is Thursday.
Heat-Nets Outlook: There are some interesting statistics attached to the aforementioned second-round series between the Nets and the Heat. Miami likely would have preferred to play Toronto, as they went 4-0 against the Raptors in the regular season. They were an abysmal 0-4 against Brooklyn, making the Nets the only team to beat them four times this year.
Look for Paul Pierce to be a huge factor for the Nets in this series. He presents all sorts of matchup problems for Miami due to his quickness around the perimeter, and the Heat don’t really have an answer for him on the roster. Joe Johnson will also have a heavy hand in Brooklyn’s attack; He averaged 19.5 PPG against them in the regular season.
Working in the Heat’s favor is the extra rest they got after sweeping the Bobcats in the first round. They’re an aging team that’s played a lot of basketball over the past three seasons, so this extended rest should work wonders for them.
NBA Daily Schedule: Two second-round series will be getting started today, which will continue the road to the Finals. Here’s a look at the complete schedule, along with the start times and TV networks carrying each game.
Monday, May 5, 2014:
7:00 PM ET:
Washington Wizards at Indiana Pacers (TNT)
9:30 PM ET:
Los Angeles Clippers at Oklahoma City Thunder (TNT)
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