NBA News: Player News and Updates for 5/26/14
NBA Player Updates 5/26: Thunder Get Much-Needed Win, Tonight's TV Schedule and More
May 26, 2014
With another NBA Playoffs game in the bag last night, we’ve got one more to look forward to in this long Memorial Day weekend. Before we settle in and wait for tip-off, though, let’s take a look around the league and see what’s happening out there. Here’s the latest.
Serge Ibaka, PF, Oklahoma City Thunder: We’ve got ourselves a series out west. The Thunder have now beaten the Spurs eight straight times on the OKC home court, and this latest victory was desperately needed.
Ibaka made a surprise start yesterday, just days after most thought his season was over after an injured calf. He poured in 15 key points, seven rebounds and four blocks in the 106-97 victory, pulling the Thunder to 1-2 in the series.
Reggie Jackson, who is the team’s backup point guard, made a start for OKC and posted 15 points of his own. Russell Westbrook supplied 26 with Kevin Durant adding 25 on 8-for-19 shooting. He also had 10 boards.
On the other side, Manu Ginobili led the Spurs with 23 points, one of just three players to reach double-figures. San Antonio shot just 39.6 percent overall, which is the first time in the Western Conference Finals that they’ve fallen below 50.
The pivotal Game 4 is tomorrow in Oklahoma City.
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Timberwolves Coaching Situation: Well, we can pretty much forget about the Grizzlies’ Dave Joerger moving to Minnesota to coach the Timberwolves. He’ll be staying with Memphis, even though owner Robert Pera has already fired a pair of executives after a disappointing first-round exit in this year’s playoffs.
Joerger had reportedly been so sure he’d be getting canned that he’d taken a pair of interviews with the Timberwolves. Yesterday, however, it was announced that he’d be staying with the team.
This is definitely a good thing for the Grizzlies. The team really needs some consistency, and the vote of confidence for Joerger will go a long way toward team solidarity heading into next year.
As for the T-Wolves, who are looking to replace Rick Adelman, they’re now back to the drawing board. We doubt we’ll hear too much else about filling the vacancy for at least a little while.
NBA Daily Schedule: The league will get going again today, which concludes the long weekend of activity. Here’s a look at the schedule, along with the start times and TV networks carrying the games.
Monday, May 26, 2014:
8:30 PM ET:
Indiana Pacers at Miami Heat (ESPN, TSN2)
Tuesday, May 27, 2014:
9:00 PM ET:
San Antonio Spurs at Oklahoma City Thunder (TNT, TSN)
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