May 7, 2014; Oklahoma City, OK, USA; Oklahoma City Thunder forward Kevin Durant (35) is congratulated by Oklahoma City Thunder forward Serge Ibaka (9) after a made shot in action against the Los Angeles Clippers during the first quarter in game two of the second round of the 2014 NBA Playoffs at Chesapeake Energy Arena. Mandatory Credit: Mark D. Smith-USA TODAY Sports

Wednesday's playoff games and Wolves' coaching update


NBA: Playoffs-Los Angeles Clippers at Oklahoma City ThunderAfter a largely un-enthralling grouping of second round Game 1′s, a pair of Game 2′s tip-off on Wednesday evening.

On Tuesday night, the Miami Heat pulled away in the second half and put away the Brooklyn Nets with relative ease, while the San Antonio Spurs completely and utterly destroyed the upstart Portland Trail Blazers.

Tonight, the Indiana Pacers once again hosted the Washington Wizards while the Oklahoma City Thunder are facing off against the Los Angeles Clippers. In this pair of series, both visiting teams emerged victorious in Game 1, and neither contest was all that compelling.

The Pacers survived late against the Wizards in the first game of the night, and the Thunder and Clippers remain in a hotly contested game as it moves into the later stages.

If each series evens up at 1-1, we’ll be well on our way to having a second round that will at least be close to measuring up to the ridiculously entertaining first round of the postseason. The prospect of the Nets and Trail Blazers winning on Thursday night seems to be a bit more far-fetched, but anything can happen.

On the Wolves front, there simply isn’t much to report. No new coaching developments have come to light, and the only thing that has changed of late is the Golden State Warriors’ firing of Mark Jackson. While Jackson isn’t likely to factor into the Wolves’ coaching search, the Warriors’ job opening certainly will.

Early rumors has mutual interest between Golden State and Steve Kerr, who is also allegedly Phil Jackson‘s top candidate to coach the New York Knicks. Look for Kerr to use the Warriors as leverage to get an even sweeter deal with the Knicks, but as of right now, everything is up in the air.

Pretty much all of the top candidates are likely to be interested in the Golden State job, which will only make Flip Saunders’ job that much more difficult in the Upper Midwest. Here’s hoping that he gives George Karl a call at some point in the extremely near future….

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