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NBA Player Updates 6/8: Jazz, Game 2 Outlook, NBA Finals TV Schedule and More
June 8, 2014
It’s been a long two days of waiting, but the NBA Finals are finally getting back to business tonight with Game 2 between the Spurs and the Heat. While we’re getting settled and waiting on another round of action, let’s take our daily look around the league and check out some of the notable players out there.
Jazz Get Snyder: We haven’t touched on this one just yet, so let’s take a look at the coaching situation in Utah. During a news conference, the Jazz formally announced yesterday that they’d hired former Hawks assistant coach Quin Snyder for their vacant head coaching position, replacing the fired Tyrone Corbin, who posted a little over three years of service with the team.
Snyder has been all over the place in his NBA career, working in spots with the Lakers, Sixers, Clippers and Missouri Tigers in addition to his time in Atlanta.
Snyder definitely has his work cut out for him. The Jazz are coming off a 25-57 season, which is their worst mark since the 1979-80 season (24-58).
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Miami Heat Game 2 Outlook: Coming out of what proved to be a very odd Game 1 of the NBA Finals, we’re sure to see some more interesting things in Game 2. The prevailing headline after the opener, of course, surrounded LeBron James--or more specifically, the cramps that kept him from returning to the court with just under four minutes left in the fourth. We won’t be getting any more of that tonight (the team announced the AC in the stadium had been fixed back on Friday), but after tonight’s contest, James could once again be the center of attention.
If nothing else, LeBron responds to adversity and criticism pretty well. All of the ribbing (be it good-natured or otherwise) surrounding his early exit in Game 1 will no doubt fuel his competitive drive and could lead to a dominating performance in Game 2. His career playoff-best is 49 points; We could see him challenge that tonight.
That’s purely speculation of course, but even if James is on his game he’ll need help from the Heat roleplayers. Mario Chalmers, most notably, had an ugly game with just three points, five fouls and five turnovers.
It’s an uphill battle, of course, and going into the game in an 0-1 hole isn’t good news. Still, if the Heat can steal a road win and go back home at 1-1 it will be a successful trip. They’ve still got the chance to do that this evening.
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 Series 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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