NBA News: Player News and Updates for 6/6/14
NBA Player Updates 6/6: Spurs Take Game 1, NBA Finals TV Schedule and More
June 6, 2014
With the NBA Finals (finally) off and running, it’s a great time to reflect on some of the on-court (and off-court) happenings around the league. We’ve got a steady stream of information in store for you today, so with that in mind let’s take our daily look at some of the notable players and happenings in the NBA. Here’s the latest.
Tim Duncan, PF, San Antonio Spurs: Dating back to 1999, San Antonio has now won six straight openers in NBA Finals series. LeBron James has been on the receiving end of there of those.
The Spurs drew first blood in this year’s NBA Finals, posting a 110-95 victory over the Heat. It was something of a strange game, with James experiencing cramps late in the game thanks to a faulty air conditioning system inside the stadium. He’d end up coming out with Miami down two points. He would finish with 25 points but could only watch as the Spurs pulled away for a win.
Tim Duncan led his team as usual, only missing one field goal in his 21-point, 10-rebound effort. Overall he was 9-of-10 in 33 minutes. Conversely, without James in the game the Heat sputtered to a 1-for-4 line in the closing minutes and were outscored by a 16-3 margin.
One other notable stat from this one: In his team’s losing effort, Ray Allen passed such notables as Kobe Bryant and Derek Fisher for most three-pointers in NBA Finals history. He’s eight behind the leader Robert Horry at 56, and there’s a good chance he can get there during this series.
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Saunders to Coach T-Wolves: Here’s an interesting storyline developing out of Minnesota. It seems Flip Saunders, who was hired on last year to be the team’s president of basketball operations, will take the helm as the Timberwolves’ head coach beginning this season.
Saunders was previously a head coach in Minnesota during 1995-2005, presiding over some of the most fruitful years in the franchise’s history. In those 10-plus seasons, he brought the team to eight playoff appearances (the only postseason runs in Minnesota history) and won 411 games. The Timberwolves made the Western Conference Finals in 2004.
Saunders’ head coaching job will be combined with front-office duties, as he’ll retain executive authority while he’s on the bench. One of his top priorities will be resolving the volatile Kevin Love situation, which has escalated to a flurry of trade rumors and disgruntled media play.
It’s unclear how long Saunders will remain in the head coaching position--he may relinquish the position if the team finds someone they feel is a good fit for the club. In the meantime, this is probably the best situation for a team in need of some leadership.
NBA Finals 2014 Schedule: Here’s a closer look at what we can be expecting schedule-wise during these 2014 NBA Finals between the Heat and the Spurs:
Game 1 @ San Antonio: Thursday, June 5; 9:00 PM ET: (ABC) Spurs Lead 1-0
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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