NBA News: Player News and Updates for 5/16/14
NBA Player Updates 5/16: Pacers and Thunder Advance, Upcoming TV Schedule and More
May 16, 2014
With another day down in the 2014 NBA Playoffs, we’ve got a clear picture of the conference finals and ultimately what will be the championship series. There aren’t any games set for tonight (as the Spurs and Heat wrapped things up Wednesday), but there are still plenty of news items to examine as we await more on-court action.
David West, PF, Indiana Pacers: Well, the big Eastern Conference Finals matchup that everyone expected all year really is taking shape, but the path for the Pacers wasn’t as clear-cut and dominant as expected. They stumbled through a six-game series with the Wizards, culminating in last night’s 93-80 victory that allowed them to advance 4-2.
West led the Pacers with 29 points and helped the team increase their lead late in the game as victory set in. This was a big turnaround for them after an ugly Game 5 loss.
Lance Stephenson added 17 points and Paul George had 12 to his credit.
Game 1 of the much-anticipated matchup against the Heat is Sunday.
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Kevin Durant, SF, Oklahoma City Thunder: On the other side, the Thunder will be advancing to the conference finals for the third time in the last four years. They took Game 6 against the pesky Clippers, overcoming another late deficit to win 104-98.
Durant started out 0-for-5, but recovered nicely. He would finish with 39 points on 12-of-23 shooting with 16 rebounds (team-high) and five assists.
Game 1 of the Western Conference Finals between the Thunder and Spurs will be Monday night in San Antonio.
Kerr Joins Warriors: From the broadcast table to the sideline, former Bull and TNT analyst Steve Kerr will be the Warriors’ new head coach. He agreed to a five-year, $25 million deal yesterday, and once the details are finalized and the papers signed, we’ll get an official introduction.
This news comes as something as a surprise to pretty much everyone who assumed the New York Knicks would be able to woo Kerr away from any competitors. It looks like his hometown roots are what swayed things in the end, as all of his children attend school in the area around San Diego.
What’s more, Kerr takes over a pretty darn good Warriors roster, which makes Golden State a far more attractive situation than the rebuilding (with no assets) Knicks.
NBA Daily Schedule: We’re out of luck until Sunday, when the Conference Finals kick off. Here’s a look at the complete schedule for the first games, along with the start times and TV networks carrying each matchup.
Sunday, May 18, 2014:
3:30 PM ET:
Miami Heat at Indiana Pacers (ABC)
Monday, May 19, 2014:
9:00 PM ET:
Oklahoma City Thunder at San Antonio Spurs (TNT)
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