NBA News: Player News and Updates for 6/12/14
NBA Player Updates 6/12: Fisher, NBA Finals TV Schedule and More
June 12, 2014
Even as the NBA season winds down, there’s still plenty of news out there to check out. Let’s take our daily peek at the latest storylines by examining the noteworthy players and situations everyone’s talking about this morning before we dig into Game 4 of the NBA Finals. Here’s the latest.
Game 4 Outlook: Following the Spurs’ video-game-like shooting performance in Game 3, it’s hard to know what to expect when the teams get back to business in South Beach tonight. One thing’s for certain: We won’t see the Spurs shooting 75.8 percent from the floor in a half again. The team seemed to surprise even themselves with that crazy performance during their 111-92 win on Tuesday.
The key here is for San Antonio to avoid getting overconfident. They were in the same position (up 2-1) last year, in the same series, against the same team, and ultimately lost the title in a seven-game span. While the team’s not exactly running off revenge, they’ll definitely be looking to make amends.
As for the Heat, their mission is clear: Split the series and head back to San Antonio needing to win two of three. The key player tonight will be Chris Bosh: It seems that as he goes, so do the Heat. In Game 3 he only took four shots and finished with nine points. He’ll end up being in the high-teens if Miami is playing well and controlling the game.
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Analyzing the Fisher Hire: We haven’t been able to touch on this topic just yet, so let’s take a moment to visit with the Knicks and try to determine what will happen with their rookie head coach Derek Fisher.
This is one of those love-it-or-hate-it moves that has polarized basketball fans everywhere. Fisher does have a few things going for him, however. He’s a consummate leader, and should provide a shining example to a Knicks team that can be undisciplined at times. His years of basketball experience will serve him well, and he’s got the full support of the most important man in the Knicks organization, Mr. Phil Jackson.
On the con side, obviously, is his lack of coaching experience. Though it’s not completely unheard of for a player to go directly from the court to the bench (Jason Kidd did it just last season), it’s certainly not the most ideal situation.
Fisher should be more than able to handle the bright lights of New York, which will give him an edge in handling himself in one of the toughest jobs in sports.
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)Series Tied 1-1
Game 3 @Miami: Tuesday, June 10; 9:00 PM ET: (ABC) Spurs Lead Series 2-1
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 6-7 if necessary.
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