NBA News: Player News and Updates for 6/13/14
NBA Player Updates 6/13: Spurs Take 3-1 Lead, NBA Finals TV Schedule and More
June 13, 2014
We got another dose of NBA Finals action last night, which means we’re that much closer to the official end of the 2014 campaign. That said, let’s take our daily look around the league and check out the players who are making headlines right now. Here’s the latest.
Kawhi Leonard, SF, San Antonio Spurs: The defending champions’ backs are up against the wall, and San Antonio is one game away from redemption.
Leonard led his team with 20 points last night in a dominant wire-to-wire victory for the Spurs, who are now up 3-1 on the NBA Finals series. Tim Duncan also had himself a big night, snagging the NBA all-time lead in both playoff minutes and playoff assists.
The Heat, meanwhile, were led by LeBron James and his 28 points with eight rebounds. They were never able to close the gap to within single-digits during the second half, and just generally looked flat all around.
Meanwhile, it was an across-the-board effort for the Spurs, who also got big contributions from Patty Mills (14 bench points) and Tony Parker (19 points). They’re getting a big lift from Parker, specifically, who appears as healthy and spry as ever.
A do-or-die Game 5 is back in San Antonio on Sunday.
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Carmelo to the Heat?: Even though the Miami Heat are completely consumed with a three-peat bid right now, that hasn’t stopped them from looking ahead to the future. The team is reportedly planning on making a big run at impending free agent Carmelo Anthony in the hopes that they could add him to the roster alongside the Big Three.
Now, this is all speculation of course, as there would have to be serious concessions and compromise from all parties involved, the most glaring of which being LeBron James, Dwyane Wade and Chris Bosh all taking big pay cuts to make room for ‘Melo.
Anthony has to notify the Knicks by June 23 if he is planning on opting out of the final season of his deal, which it’s widely believed he’ll do (he’s even said it himself). New Knicks president Phil Jackson is trying to get Anthony to hang around for another year and buy into what he’s doing, however, so no one really knows how this situation will play out.
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) Spurs Lead Series 3-1
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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