NBA News: Player News and Updates for 5/14/14
NBA Player Updates 5/14: Wizards and Thunder Win, Tonight's TV Schedule and More
May 14, 2014
The NBA Playoffs continue tonight, and we’ve got two big-time matchups coming our way. The action starts in just a matter of hours, but before we get settled in and wait for those tip-offs, let’s take our daily look around the league and check out some of the notable headlines out there. Here’s the latest.
Marcin Gortat, PF, Washington Wizards: Down 1-3 in their second-round series against the Pacers, the Wizards needed to come up big in Game 5. That they did, as they surged to a 102-79 victory. The big stat here was the rebounding, with Washington grabbing 62 total and 44 defensively (tying a franchise-high).
Gortat did his share, notching 31 points and 16 boards, while John Wall added 27 more points. Game 6 is back in DC tomorrow night.
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Russell Westbrook, PG, Oklahoma City Thunder: Coming into this one, the Thunder had a three-game losing streak in Game 5s in their home building. That changed on a 105-104 win over the Clippers, which gave OKC a 3-2 edge in the series heading into Game 6.
Westbrook was the high man in the game with 38 points to his credit, with partner in crime Kevin Durant adding 27 more (but was only 6-for-22 shooting). The duo combined for a 26-of-28 mark from the free-throw line.
There were some key mistakes down the stretch from L.A., and also a key out-of-bounds call that will haunt the Clippers for a while. Still, they’ll have to get back in the right frame of mind for tomorrow’s Game 6 in Los Angeles.
Van Gundy to Pistons: Dominating last night’s NBA headlines was the news that the Pistons had tabbed Stan Van Gundy to be their new head coach and president of basketball operations. According to a report, he’s agreed to what will be a $35-million, five-year deal with Detroit. The team has yet to formally announce the signing.
Van Gundy takes over a Pistons team with a pretty good young core, led by talented center Andre Drummond. They’ll be spending some money in free agency this summer as well, since they’ve got some cash on hand.
Van Gundy has a 371-208 record as a head coach. He’s spent time with both the Magic and Heat. This move impacts the Golden State Warriors’ head coaching search, as they were rumored to have Van Gundy on their short list of possible replacements for newly-dismissed coach Mark Jackson.
NBA Daily Schedule: Four more teams will be in action tonight in a pair of potential elimination games. Here’s a look at the full schedule, along with the start times and TV networks carrying each game.
Wednesday, May 13, 2014:
7:00 PM ET:
Brooklyn Nets at Miami Heat (TNT, NBATV Canada)
9:30 PM ET:
Portland Trail Blazers at San Antonio Spurs (TNT, NBATV Canada)
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