NBA News: Player News and Updates for 6/1/14
NBA Player Updates 6/1: Spurs Take Game 6, NBA Finals TV Schedule and More
June 1, 2014
June is officially here, and that means just one thing for basketball fans everywhere: The NBA Finals are on their way. There’s not much time left to wait before the final round gets started, and in the meantime there’s plenty of news to check out. Let’s see what’s happening out there right now.
Boris Diaw, PF, San Antonio Spurs: Just like the Heat in the Eastern Conference, the Spurs are quickly becoming a familiar fixture in the NBA Finals. After last night’s Game 6 victory in the Western Conference Finals, the team will now be heading to the final series for the sixth time in head coach Gregg Popovich’s tenure.
San Antonio and Oklahoma City played an epic game fitting of two conference titans. Diaw had the night of his life, leading the way with 26 points off the bench. It was the most he’d scored in a playoff game since he posted 30 way back in 2006. Tim Duncan also pitched in with 19 points and 15 rebounds in the 112-107 overtime victory.
The Thunder were down pretty big in the fourth quarter, but stormed back to send the game to an extra period. Kevin Durant and Russell Westbrook combined for 65 points and 21 rebounds but also had 14 turnovers.
The Spurs will now face the Heat (again) in the Finals.
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Tony Parker Injury: A potential stumbling block in the Spurs’ quest to finally overcome Miami is their star point guard’s injury. Parker stayed in the locker room after halftime, getting treatment for his injured ankle. He’s been dealing with the injury since Game 4 of the conference finals, then aggravated it in Game 5.
Parker nearly sat out the game entirely, as he looked like he was having some major difficulties cutting during warm-ups.
The good news here is that he’s got until Thursday to rest, but we still don’t know the exact severity of his injury. Hopefully for the Spurs, it doesn’t turn into a major nagging issue like his hamstring did around this time last year.
NBA Finals 2014 Schedule: Now that we’ve got a clear picture of what this year’s NBA Finals will look like, let’s take a look at the schedule for the big matchup.
Game 1 @ San Antonio: Thursday, June 5; 9:00 PM ET: (ABC)
Game 2 @San Antonio: Sunday, June 8; 8:00 PM ET: (ABC)
Game 3 @Miami: Tuesday, June 10; 9:00 PM ET: (ABC)
Game 4 @Miami: Thursday, June 12; 9:00 PM ET: (ABC)
*Game 5 @San Antonio: Sunday, June 15; 8:00 PM ET: (ABC)
*Game 6 @Miami: Tuesday, June 17; 9:00 PM ET: (ABC)
*Game 7 @San Antonio: Friday, June 20; 9:00 PM ET: (ABC)
*Games 5-7 if necessary.
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