Welcome to the Daily NBA Fix for May 23, 2014. I can understand the NBA wanting to spread out the conference finals so that they can take advantage of weekend crowds and such, but it’s torture for those of us who can’t wait to see what’s going to happen in each conference’s respective Game 3’s.
Will Kevin Durant and Russell Westbrook bond together and provide the kind of spark the Oklahoma City Thunder needed two years ago, when they came back from an 0-2 deficit? It’s highly unlikely, especially without Serge Ibaka in the fold. The San Antonio Spurs have shown they can score as well as any team in the league and they’re getting excellent contributions from Manu Ginobili again — it’s a recipe for a series win for San Antonio.
The Miami Heat evened up their series at a game each with a nice win in Indiana over the Pacers, and the feelgood moments of a Game 1 win for the Pacers seem to have disappeared. Paul George has a concussion that may keep him out, although he wasn’t exactly tearing things up anyways, and the Pacer offense simply couldn’t get past the crisp rotations of the Heat defense. We knew the Pacers wouldn’t shoot over 50 percent for the series and if they dip below 40 percent again, they’ll be sitting at home watching the finals (again).
There were no games scheduled last night, so let’s get right into the links for all 30 teams in the association. With free agency and the draft coming up, we’re sure to find something that interests everyone.