Sports Headlines - May 15

Heat move on to Eastern Conference Finals with win over Nets

The Miami Heat became the first of two teams to clinch their spot in Conference playoffs last night after defeating the Brooklyn Nets in Miami, 96-94.

Brooklyn led for a majority of the game, but never had a decisive enough lead to break the Heat. Early on, Dwyane Wade, not Lebron James, had the hot hand and finished with 28 points. However, James came on late in the game, finishing with29. Ray Allen delivered two huge plays in the final seconds that rallied the Heat past the Nets in the last of a 12-0 run that gave them the lead.

Allen’s three-point-shot with 32 seconds left proved to be the deciding blow.

This will be the sixth trip to the East title series for the Heat in the past 10 seasons, which is bidding for a fourth straight trip to the NBA Finals.

Spurs advance to Western Conference Finals despite Parker injury

The Spurs moved on to their third straight western conference finals series after defeating the Portland Trailblazers 104-82.

Danny Green and Kawhi Leonard each scored 22 points and Leonard got 5 steals on the night.

But the most notable part of last night wasn’t just the win, it was the injury to veteran point guard Tony Parker. He came out of the game briefly in the first quarter, then tried to return with just under 10 minutes left in the second quarter. But only a minute later, left again and headed the locker room with team trainers and doctors in tail. Parker wouldn’t return and reportedly had a hamstring injury, though the severity isn’t fully known.

The Spurs now have a little time to wait and rest Parker’s injury as they wait for the winner of the Thunder/Clippers series which continues tonight in L.A.

The Thunder have an opportunity to close out the series in six and move on their third conference finals since the team moved to Oklahoma City.

Kerr accepts coaching gig with Golden State over Knicks
But the biggest news out of the NBA yesterday wasn’t game winners, but coaching news.

Current TNT broadcaster Steve Kerr shocked everyone by accepting a coaching position with the Golden State Warriors after reportedly being in negotiations with the New York Knicks for more than a week.

His deal is reportedly worth $25 million over five years. Kerr said the position was perfect for him since he has family on the west coast attending school and it would allow him to stay close while taking a new position.

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