NBA News: Player News and Updates for 5/30/14
NBA Player Updates 5/30: Spurs Go Up on Thunder, Tonight's TV Schedule and More
May 30, 2014
It’s been a very interesting conference finals round in the 2014 NBA Playoffs so far, and we’re in for plenty more action this weekend. Before we get set for the ensuing tip-offs, let’s take our daily look around the league and check out some of the newsmakers out there. Here’s the latest.
Tim Duncan, PF, San Antonio Spurs: After getting embarrassed in Oklahoma City in Games 3 and 4 of the Western Conference Finals, the Spurs needed make some adjustments. That’s exactly what they did, too, going with a smaller lineup after the Thunder had drilled them in the paint during the two games at OKC.
The result was a 117-89 Spurs victory, their third at home in this series. San Antonio is now up 3-2 in the best-of-seven matchup.
Duncan was one of the bigger contributors for the San Antonio offense, posting 22 points and 12 rebounds in 30 minutes of action. Manu Ginobili had a strong effort off the bench, logging 19 points himself while adding six assists.
On the other side, Kevin Durant had 25 points while Russell Westbrook added 21 more. The pair couldn’t keep it going in the second half, though, and that’s where San Antonio pulled away.
The home team has won every game in this series so far. That’s good news for the Thunder, as Game 6 is in OKC tomorrow night. If they can extend the series, they’ll head back to San Antonio for Game 7 Monday.
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What to Watch Tonight: Game 6 of the 2014 Eastern Conference Finals tips off in just a matter of hours, and it’s bound to be a big one. The series heads back to Miami this evening, with the defending champion Heat up 3-2 on the Pacers. Indiana took a win in Game 5 at home, but the circumstances were somewhat strange.
LeBron James had his worst playoff game as a professional the last time these two teams met, scoring just seven points in 24 minutes thanks to early and prevalent foul trouble. He was in the game down the stretch and nearly helped Miami to the improbable win but the Pacers were able to prevail thanks to a huge effort from Paul George (a game-high 37 points--21 in the fourth quarter alone).
Tonight is the Heat’s best chance to close out the series; If for some reason they can’t get a win at home they’ve got to head back to Indianapolis for a decisive Game 7. Rest assured James won’t see that type of foul trouble again, so the Pacers will have to be near perfect to get out of South Beach with a W.
Indy needs to get some sort of production out of Roy Hibbert and Lance Stephenson tonight, as both combined for a poor 4-for-11 line in Game 5.
NBA Daily Schedule: The league will get going again tonight, keeping a busy week moving. Here’s a look at the schedule, along with the start times and TV networks carrying the games.
Friday, May 30, 2014:
8:30 PM ET:
Indiana Pacers at Miami Heat (ESPN, TSN)
Saturday, May 31, 2014:
8:30 PM ET:
San Antonio Spurs at Oklahoma City Thunder (TNT, TSN)
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