Friday’s NBA Playoff Action: Some Good and Some Bad

Both games from last night’s NBA playoff action saw a Tech player play important minutes. Chris Bosh had a huge game for the Heat in their road win over the Bulls while Jarrett Jack struggled in Golden State’s return home. Both teams got more than they expected and had to put up a fight in two tough games yesterday. Continue reading

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GT Pros is Back! Here’s What You May Have Missed

After a stressful last two weeks, as any Tech grad or student would know, it is now time to get back to writing. There have been some very exciting news over the last two weeks, so hopefully this post covers everything!

The NFL Draft has come and gone and there wasn’t a single Georgia Tech player drafted. Although this draft was abnormally deep, it is still surprising to see guys like Uzzi, Barnes, and Sweeting go undrafted. Luckily for them, however, almost all have signed UDFA deals. Here’s a list of where everyone ended up with the exception of Uzzi, who has not signed with anyone as far as I know.

Orwin Smith- Tampa Bay Buccaneers

TJ Barnes- Jacksonville Jaguars

Rod Sweeting- New Orleans Saints

Tyler Morgan- Carolina Panthers

Izaan Cross- Buffalo Bills

In NBA news, Jarrett Jack and the Warriors were able to pull a major upset over the Denver Nuggets in the 1st round of the playoffs. They now have a date with the San Antonio Spurs in the 2nd round, which means Jack will have to be a big contributor off the bench. Curry will have a hard time keeping Parker out of the paint, which means Jack will have to be even more important on the defensive end. Chris Bosh and Iman Shumpert are also still alive in the playoffs. I expect the Heat to coast by the Bulls, but the Knicks will have a very tough time scoring on the Pacers’ defense. They already lost game 1 at home, which is a really bad start to the series.

Another interesting development is the call up of Tyler Greene by the Chicago White Sox. He has played well when given the chance, and he certainly should stay on the active roster for the foreseeable future. Matt Wieters has improved on his stats recently and is starting to improve on his average. This slump has lingered longer than expected, but he still has a long season ahead of him and needs to avoid pressing.

The last two weeks have been eventful, but we are now heading into the summer, which means baseball, golf and the NBA playoffs will dominate our coverage. Make sure to come back and check out what you have missed as we gradually start to post again!

 

The NBA Playoffs Are Here!

After a seemingly longer NBA season than usual, the NBA playoffs have arrived and started with a bang. The first two games of the day were close affairs between the Celtics and Knicks and the Warriors and Nuggets. Luckily for Tech fans, two former Yellow Jackets were playing in these games, which made them even better to watch. Continue reading

Final NBA Nightly Update of the Season

Will Bynum- Bynum had a fantastic performance tonight in the Pistons’ loss to the Nets. In his 22 minutes of play, he scored 23 points on 7 made FGs and 9 FTs. He did a great job of getting to the line and showing the league he can still play. He played most of his minutes against the Nets’ bench, but that shouldn’t take away from his performance since he is coming off of an injury. Bynum is a FA and has played very well to end the season, which should help when he starts talking contracts with teams.

Jarrett Jack- In his final game of the season, he scored 14 points, 5 rebounds, and 5 assists. This was a very efficient night for him since he only recorded one TO. He has heated up nicely heading into the playoffs and should see some big minutes for the Warriors.

Anthony Morrow- In His 4 minutes of game action, he made one shot and scored 2 points. It’s surprising that he didn’t get more playing time considering the Mavericks are out of the playoffs and he has played well lately. Hopefully he’ll stick around with them and receive more playing time next fall.

Iman Shumpert- Both the Knicks and Hawks emptied their bench in tonight’s matchup, which means Shumpert should have had a big game. Fortunately he took advantage of that fact and had a huge game. In all, he scored 18 points, 7 rebounds, 8 assists, and 2 steals, and had his best game of the season. He has also played well lately, which should only help the Knicks going into the playoffs.

Thaddeus Young- Young finished a miserable season with the 76ers by scoring 10 points, 8 rebounds, and 3 steals. He received less minutes than usual since most of the playing time went to the bench players. I’m sure Thaddeus is just happy this season is over and he can have a break from all the disappointment in Philly right now.

 

A Disappointing End to Utah’s Season

In a must win game against the Grizzlies tonight, the Utah Jazz shot 32% from the field. They came out flat and missed a lot of simple shots. Although they were playing a pretty good team, one still would have expected them to play better than they did. Credit must be given to the Grizzlies though, since they do have one of the better defenses in the NBA.

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Derrick Favors contributed to the poor shooting tonight, going 2-9 from the field and scoring 4 points. Although he shot poorly tonight, he was still able to help the team by gathering 11 rebounds, 3 assists, 3 steals, and 2 blocks. There’s a lot of promise in his game and he has the potential to be an all star when given the playing time. The Jazz’s season is now over and the team will have to make some decisions on Al Jefferson and Paul Millsap during free agency.

Tomorrow Night Will Determine the West’s 8th Seed

The Utah Jazz won last night, keeping their playoff hopes alive. They were able to take care of the Timberwolves on the road, and now have to travel to Memphis tomorrow night. In order to make the playoffs, they need a win against the Grizzlies and a Lakers loss against the Rockets. Fortunately for the Jazz, the Grizzlies have clinched the 5 spot in the West while the Rockets are still fighting for the 6th seed with the Warriors. The Rockets will still be playing hard and would love to knock the Lakers out of the playoffs. Continue reading

NBA Nightly Update 4/14/13

Chris Bosh- The Heat had another win tonight against the Bulls and their team is finally looking healthy again. Bosh had a solid night with 12 points, 9 rebounds, 2 assists, and 4 blocks. They’re cruising right now and look unbeatable heading into the playoffs.

Anthony Morrow- Morrow saw three minutes of action in tonight’s blowout against the Hornets, but failed to make his one shot attempt. Dirk did manage to score his 25,00th point tonight though.

Iman Shumpert- In his 25 minutes of play, Shumpert scored 10 points with 5 rebounds and 2 assists. He has shot well from behind the 3 point line recently, which is a good sign for the Knicks. When they are shooting well, they can beat anyone. Right now they are playing great basketball and wrapped up the 2 seed tonight.

Thaddeus Young- Young had another great night for the 76ers, and this time they got a win. He scored 14 points and added 9 rebounds, 4 assists, and 3 steals. They beat a struggling Cavs team, but a win is a win for a team who underachieved this season. The worst part for the 76ers is that Doug Collins announced his retirement tonight, which means there should be a completely different look to the 76ers next season.

Kobe’s Injury Helps the Jazz

The Lakers were playing well heading down the stretch, winning their last three games and taking control of the 8th seed in the West. Unfortunately for the Lakers, Kobe Bryant tore his Achilles tendon on Friday night against the Warriors. He will be out for the next 6-9 months and will miss the start of next season as well. Continue reading

Jarrett Jack Doesn’t Know His Own Strength

In case you missed it (here’s the link), Jarrett Jack had a laughable full-court shot attempt at the end of the first quarter in Thursday night’s game against the Thunder. There was one second left in the quarter, so Jack took the ball and heaved it down the court. The only problem though, is that the ball went well over the basket. He tried to play it off as a joke, but most people don’t chuck the ball into the stands to be funny. He clearly overestimated the power needed to make the shot. That’s okay, however, because now all of us have gotten an extra laugh in today. Just keep up the good play Jarrett, and these embarrassing shots won’t matter.