May 7, 2014; Oklahoma City, OK, USA; Oklahoma City Thunder forward Kevin Durant (35) handles the ball against Los Angeles Clippers forward Blake Griffin (32) during the fourth 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

Friday's NBA news and notes


And what a busy Friday night in sports it is.

From the Minnesota Wild hosting the Chicago Blackhawks this evening in Game 4 of their second round match-up, to the second and third rounds of the NFL draft, to the Minnesota Twins traveling to Detroit to take on a pair of recent Cy Young award winners on back-to-back evenings.

Oh, and don’t forget about the NBA playoffs! The pair of series that are tied at a game apiece resume tonight, with the Indiana Pacers heading to our nation’s capital to take on the Wizards, and the Oklahoma City Thunder going west to meet the Los Angeles Clippers at Staples Center.

These two series have thus far been significantly more compelling than the two that held their Game 2′s last night, as the Miami Heat and San Antonio Spurs flexed their collective muscles and took commanding 2-0 series leads over their respective opponents, the Brooklyn Nets and Portland Trail Blazers. Neither game was too incredibly competitive, and although the Nets trailed by just two points heading into the final frame, the Heat won the fourth quarter by a 25-15 score and the contest was never really in doubt.

On the Wolves’ front, there still isn’t a whole lot to report. Darren Wolfson insinuated again that Tom Izzo is Flip Saunders’ top head coaching option, and that Flip’s search won’t truly get underway until Izzo turns down the job to his face. There have been additional reports to the contrary, and now that the Los Angeles Lakers, New York Knicks, and Golden State Warriors coaching jobs are open, the Wolves’ job is already getting little to no press. Throw in the Detroit Pistons and Utah Jazz openings, and there are, quite simply, a number of options out there for coaching free agents.

In fact, Alex Kennedy at BasketballInsiders.com managed to entirely ignore the Timberwolves in a column devoted to hashing out potential head coaches such as Steve Kerr and Stan Van Gundy. While Kerr was never really mentioned as an option for Minnesota, Stan Van Gundy (and his brother, Jeff, for that matter) figures to be a person that Saunders will contact, if he hasn’t already.

Alas, there just isn’t anything to report. Keep an eye on Izzo, but don’t expect a ton of movement until the likes of the Lakers and Knicks move closer to filling their job openings.

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