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

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.

Good Night for Jackets in the NBA

Chris Bosh put in a solid night’s work with a 17 point, 7 rebound night in a victory over the Celtics. Miami continues its spectacular form over the second half of the season as they cruise to the playoffs as the top seed out of the Eastern Conference. Meanwhile, the loss for the Celtics all but cements them into the seventh seed for the playoffs.

Iman Shumpert contributed 36 solid minutes in an effort against the Cavs. The Knicks, who were carried by 31 point efforts from both Carmelo Anthony and J.R. Smith, took care of business against the Cavs winning by a score of 101-91. While only scoring 8 points in his 36 minutes of play, Shumpert proved he could contribute in other ways. Shumpert pulled down 11 rebounds, dished out 3 assists, and recorded both a block and a steal. While the Knicks are in good shape to secure the 2 seed out of the East, they have a crucial game on Sunday which could decide the tiebreaker between the Knicks and the lurking Pacers, who will travel to Madison Square Garden.

Derrick Favors, much like Iman Shumpert, put in 31 gritty minutes in a 107-100 victory for the Jazz over the Kevin Love-less Timberwolves. Though not bedazzling the fans with an abundance of points (he scored only 6), Favors earned every minute off the bench by contributing 8 rebounds, 3 steals, and 2 blocks. The Jazz fed off of his energy tonight, evidenced by Favors’s team high +16 point differential. The Jazz came through in a must win matchup as they continue to chase the Lakers for the 8th seed in the Western Conference. The Jazz will get the chance to continue their push when they play the second game of their home and home mini-series with the Timberwolves on Monday.

Thaddeus Young was the top performer for the Philadelphia 76ers in a 97-86 win over the Wizards. Young’s 18 point, 13 rebound double-double effort certainly played a large part in the victory. Young also pickpocketed 4 steals for the 76ers, who are playing for pride at this point. Despite sitting in the 9th seed in the east, they will be unable to catch the 8th seeded Bucks.

Also notching a double-double was Will Bynum of the Detroit Pistons. In an easy 20 point victory of the lowly Bobcats, Bynum was one of 6 Pistons in double figures. Bynum added 10 assists on the night, as well as 3 boards and a steal.

Jarrett Jack and the Golden State Warriors are trying to do a favor for Favors and the Jazz. The Warriors are currently up by 5 in a tight affair with the Lakers towards the end third quarter. In 13 minutes off the bench so far, Jack has added 5 rebounds, 4 points, and 4 assists. Golden State is fighting only for seeding, as a win would solidify them in the 6th seed out west. A loss for the Lakers would put them level with the Jazz, which means they would miss out on the playoffs.

Anthony Morrow went unused in an overtime victory for the Mavericks. Despite the win, the Mavericks are out of contention for the 8th seed in the Western Conference, as they do not hold the tiebreaker over either of their 8th seed competitors, the Jazz or Lakers.

NBA Nightly Update 4/6/13

Thaddeus Young- The 76ers lost bad on the road tonight against the Heat in Lebron James return to action. The Heat were without Bosh tonight, so Young had a huge advantage in the paint. In 30 minutes though, he was not able to effectively contribute to the team and only added 9 points with 1 rebound. He’ll look to bounce back from this poor performance and I expect him to play well the rest of the season. Tonight’s game was an outlier to an otherwise great season from Young.

NBA Nightly Update 4/2/13

Chris Bosh- With both James and Wade out, Chris Bosh had to step up in last night’s matchup against the Knicks. It took a 50 point performance from Melo to win the game for the Knicks, who only won by 12. Bosh had a great game with 23 points, 6 rebounds, and 4 assists and made all 10 of his free throws. That’s pretty impressive and the last two games show that Bosh could still be a superstar if he wasn’t on the same team as Wade or James.

Iman Shumpert- Shumpert also has a nice game, going 3-5 from the 3 point line and scoring 9 points. He also added 3 rebounds and 2 assists to his stat line, which made a nice all around game for him. When your teammate scores 50 though, you don’t have to do much to help your team win.

Shumpert v. Bosh Tonight on TNT

The Knicks roll into Miami tonight, looking to make a statement heading into the playoffs. They have been hot recently and are trying to continue their impressive play. Iman Shumpert has been a starter for them through much of the season and should see quite a bit of playing time tonight. Continue reading

NBA Nightly Update 3/31/13

Chris Bosh- With LeBron James and Dwyane Wade out for tonight’s game against the Spurs, Chris Bosh became the go to scorer for the Heat. He came up big tonight with 23 points, 9 rebounds, 3 assists, and 2 blocks and the game winning 3 pointer. Bosh hasn’t been needed lately for the Heat to win, but it is nice to see that he can step up when the team really needs him. Here’s the video of Bosh’s game winner.

Iman Shumpert- The Knicks won today 108-89 at home against the Celtics. Shumpert was 3-3 from the field to score 10 points with 4 rebounds and 2 assists. The Knicks are back to winning, which should help carry them through the the first two rounds of the playoffs.

NBA Playoff Update

The end of the NBA season is getting close and teams are fighting to make the playoffs. Some former Tech players have already clinched playoff spots while others are still battling it out for the last few seeds. Here’s an update on the players’ teams who are still in the playoff chase.

Eastern Conference

Chris Bosh- The Heat are obviously in the playoffs and will have home court advantage throughout the postseason. Their win streak certainly helped them distance themselves from the rest of the conference, but I don’t think anyone sees them losing until the Finals (that’s probably a stretch too).

Iman Shumpert- The Knicks are currently in a battle for the second seed in the East with the Pacers, but both teams should be pretty happy they will avoid the Heat until the Conference Finals. Shumpert has been playing well and it should be fun seeing the Knicks on tv in the playoffs. They play exciting basketball and I can see Shumpert making a name for himself this year. Last season he tore his ACL so he’ll be looking to come back strong.

Western Conference

Jarrett Jack- The Warriors are in position to get the 6th seed in the West, which would put them in position to probably play the Clippers or Nuggets. That’s an extremely tough task for them, but Jack should play an important role in that matchup. If he can continue his hot shooting, he’ll be a nice compliment to Curry and can keep them in the game. I’m personally most excited to see the Warriors play since they will have a shootout in their series and us East coasters haven’t gotten to see them play very much.

Derrick Favors- The Jazz have played well lately to get back into the 8th seed position. They are currently tied with the Lakers, but hold the head to head advantage. The Jazz have an easier schedule than the Lakers, since their two toughest games (Nuggets and Thunder) left are at home. They have been playing well and the Lakers haven’t, so their chances are greater than the Lakers of getting that last spot. Favors will need to play well down the stretch for them though, since their biggest strength is interior offense.

Anthony Morrow- The Mavericks are a game and a half behind the Jazz and Lakers, which means they are going to have to win almost every game left on their schedule, which should be pretty difficult given some of the teams they play. They have a game left with the Lakers, however, which should help them gain a game on them if they can pull that out.