NBA News: Player News and Updates for 6/15/14
NBA Player Updates 6/15: Game 5, Carmelo, NBA Finals TV Schedule and More
June 15, 2014
We’re coming off a two-day break in the NBA Finals, but today it’s back to game time. The all-important Game 5 is coming up in just a matter of hours, and the defending champion Heat need to wrestle control of the series away on the road. Before we get into all that, though, let’s take our daily look at some of the headlines. Here’s the latest.
Spurs Keys to Game 5: Tonight’s Game 5 is, obviously, the best chance the Spurs have at closing out the series and taking another NBA Title. They’ve got everything going for them right now: two big road wins; a hot-shooting team; an opponent that’s weary and not playing anywhere near optimum levels.
The history is on the Spurs’ side as well. In 31 NBA Finals scenarios during which a team has led in the series 3-1, none has ever gone on to lose the championship. In order to make that number 32, the Spurs need only to continue doing what they’ve been doing over the first four games. That is, hanging their hats on defense and ball-sharing. The hot shooting doesn’t hurt, either, but it’s not something that can be relied on without fail.
Miami will be coming out with a sense of desperation tonight, and that can make them very dangerous. Their backs are up against the wall, and as long as the Big Three plays well and can give the team a lift, anything is possible.
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Carmelo Anthony Latest: One figure who has been dominating the NBA headlines this weekend isn’t even playing. It’s Carmelo Anthony of the Knicks (for now), and we can expect to hear plenty more about this saga in the weeks and months to come.
Despite the fact that Phil Jackson, Derek Fisher and Steve Mills all had a sit-down with Anthony late last week, all signs are pointing to him leaving the Big Apple--and that includes the latest rumors to emerge over the weekend, which have some in his inner circle indicating that he’s leaning toward opting out and heading to another team closer to a championship bid.
Who will that team be? Well, the Bulls and Rockets are popular speculations, and they’re reportedly Anthony’s lead targets at the moment. Either team would have to dump a lot of salary to fit him in, though, and they’d be more than willing to do it. We imagine he’d fit better in Chicago, as long as Derrick Rose is healthy.
There also have been rumors that Miami will be making a play for him, but the Heat would have to come up with a crazy salary arrangement between its Big Four to make that work.
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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