NBA News: Player News and Updates for 5/10/14
NBA Player Updates 5/10: Pacers and Thunder Win, Tonight's TV Schedule and More
May 10, 2014
We’ve finally reached the weekend, which is an opportune time to dive into the 2014 NBA Playoffs. We’ve got two more games lined up for today, so before we get settled in and check out all the action, let’s take a closer look at some of the headlines out there and see who everyone’s talking about.
Paul George, SF, Indiana Pacers: With their series tied 1-1, the Pacers went back to basics in Game 3 last night. They returned to their defensive roots, holding the Wizards to just 63 points in an 85-63 win. Washington shot just 33 percent overall, breaking the team’s previous franchise record for fewest points scored in a game.
George led the way with 23 points, with Roy Hibbert (14 points) and David West (12) rounding things out.
On the other side, the Wizards coughed up 18 turnovers (leading to 21 Pacers points), with John Wall accounting for seven of those himself.
Game 4 is in DC tomorrow.
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Serge Ibaka, PF, Oklahoma City Thunder: With foul trouble plaguing him early in the game, it initially looked like Ibaka wasn’t going to be much of a factor in last night’s Game 3 against the Clippers. That sentiment couldn’t have been more wrong, however, as it was him who stepped up and helped the Thunder bag a win and a 2-1 series lead.
Ibaka notched 20 points on 9-of-10 shooting to help OKC to a 118-112 come-from-behind victory. His efforts were part of 52 points in the paint for his team, which gives them a total of 100 over the last two games alone.
Thunder PG Russell Westbrook also hit a crucial three-pointer in the closing minutes to help lift OKC to the victory.
Game 4 is tomorrow in L.A., with Game 5 Tuesday in Oklahoma City.
Draft Combine Coming Up: With most of the league out of playoff contention, it’s time to start looking forward to the 2014 NBA Draft. The buildup begins this coming week, when draft hopefuls will be in Chicago for the combine.
Around 75 percent of the draft’s prospects are reported to be attending, and many will be doing private drills and workouts on May 15 and 16. Shortly after that, on May 20, will be the Draft Lottery, and from then on we’ll be able to get a feel for how things will be shaking out at the big event in June. (And that means lots of mock drafts and speculation in the days between.)
We’ll keep you posted on any news coming out of Chicago this upcoming week.
NBA Daily Schedule: Four teams will be out on the court today, so there’s plenty to watch if you’re in the mood. Here’s a look at the complete schedule, along with the start times and TV networks carrying each game.
Saturday, May 10, 2014:
8:00 PM ET:
Miami Heat at Brooklyn Nets (ABC, Sportsnet One)
10:30 PM ET:
San Antonio Spurs at Portland Trail Blazers (ESPN, Sportsnet One)
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