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
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!
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
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.
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.
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.
Jarrett Jack- After a bad third quarter against the Thunder, the Warriors were blown out at home. Jack had a huge game off the bench though, by scoring 19 points with 4 rebounds, 6 assists, and 3 steals. He’s starting to heat up heading into the playoffs, which is good news for the Warriors. It looks like they will probably get a first round matchup with the Nuggets, so Jack is going to have to have a big series if the Warriors are going to have any chance of winning. He’ll need to consistently score and avoid turnovers, which should at least keep the Warriors in the game.
Iman Shumpert- The Knicks 13 game win streak came to an end against Chicago last night, which is the same team that ended the Miami Heat’s streak. Shumpert made all 3 of his shots and had 7 points on the night, but that was about all he contributed in his 26 minutes of game time. The Bulls are an excellent defensive team so it’s no surprise he had a quiet night. Now that the winning streak is over, the Knicks will have to stay mentally prepared heading into the playoffs and can’t have any letdowns.
Derrick Favors- The Jazz had a big game last night against the Thunder, but were unable to get the win. Favors came off the bench like usual and had 8 points, 8 rebounds, and 5 blocks. The 5 blocks were a good sign, but he is going to have to score more in the last three games since he is now the first man off the bench. No one else on Utah’s bench has been as consistent as Favors and the Jazz need that. The Lakers won last night against the Hornets like expected, which means they are now a half game ahead of the Jazz. Again though, the Jazz have two easy games against the Timberwolves and a matchup with the Grizzlies left and have a chance to win all three.
Jarrett Jack- Jack had a quiet game last night in the Warrior’s win over the Timberwolves, only scoring 4 points with 4 rebounds and 2 assists in 23 minutes. The Warriors are in the playoffs, but they may slide into the 7th spot since the Rockets are playing so well. I think both team would like to avoid Durant and the Thunder, so hopefully they can put together a couple more wins down the stretch.
Iman Shumpert- Shumpert had another big offensive game yesterday against the Wizards, scoring 18 points with 4 rebounds and 2 assists in 24 minutes. He also made 4 threes in the game and seems to be heating up. The entire Knicks team made 20 threes last night, so they are passing the ball around and getting everyone open looks. This fast past style benefits Shumpert’s game and should give them a chance against the Heat in the playoffs. The Knicks have also won 13 in a row, so we’ll start keeping track of that as well.
Thaddeus Young- In the 76er’s blowout loss against the Nets, Young had a rough shooting night. He only went 1-9 from the field and scored 3 points. Everyone is bound to have a rough night every now and then, but the 76ers can’t win if he isn’t playing well. What’s even more surprising is his lack of rebounds as well. In his 25 minutes of action, he only grabbed 3 rebounds, which is well below his average. He just had a bad night and will try to erase it from his memory.
Will Bynum- Bynum made his return from his injury tonight and played quite well. In his 17 minutes of play, he had 4 points, 2 rebounds, and 5 assists. That’s not too bad for a guy who’s missed a couple of weeks of game action. The Pistons managed to get an impressive win over the Bulls tonight, but it’s too bad they weren’t able to do this more often during the season.
Derrick Favors- Favors played 30 minutes tonight for the Jazz in a huge game against the Warriors. Faovrs recorded 12 points, 13 rebounds, and 3 blocks in the win tonight. The Jazz are in a tight race with the Lakers and this win gave them a 1/2 game lead over them for the 8th spot. The Jazz have four games left with two of them against the Timberwolves, which means their chances are looking good at making the playoffs.
Jarrett Jack- Although the Warriors haven’t technically clinched a playoff spot yet, there is almost no chance of them missing out on the postseason. They lost to the Jazz tonight, but they still hold down the 6th spot in the West. Jack had a decent game tonight, scoring 7 points with 2 rebounds and 6 assists. They should be fine, but are looking at a tough matchup against the Nuggets or Thunder in the first round of the playoffs.
Iman Shumpert- Shumpert only played 11 minutes in today’s game and didn’t score a point. He managed to record 2 rebounds, an assist, and a steal, which isn’t very encouraging. He only played 11 minutes in a playoff style game, which means the Knicks may lean to others when the playoffs start. They have veterans like Kidd, Smith, and Felton on the roster, which means Shumpert may see a reduced role.
Derrick Favors- The Jazz lost at home tonight against the Nuggets and the loss drops them into the 9th spot in the West. Favors had a decent night with 8 points and 6 rebounds, but they need to play better than that if they want to make the playoffs. If they can win 4 of their last 6 games (three of which are against the Hornets and Timberwolves), I like their chances of making the playoffs.
Jarrett Jack- The Warriors are still trying to secure the 6th spot in the West, so their win tonight against the Hornets was big. Jarrett Jack had an equally big performance off the bench, shooting 8-11 for 19 points, 3 rebounds, and 8 assists. When he plays well they usually win, and tonight was no different. He seems to be getting hot heading into the playoffs, which is good news for the Warriors.
Iman Shumpert- The Hawks were unable to stop Carmelo Anthony as he continued his hot shooting. Shumpert didn’t have a great night, but it made no difference. He finished with a stat line of 4 points and 6 rebounds and was unable to really have an impact on the game.
Thaddeus Young- The 76ers managed to lose on the road at the Bobcats tonight. Young had a poor shooting night, going 2-9 from the field and only scoring 6 points. He added 7 rebounds and 3 steals, but he was bound to have an off performance eventually. The real story of the night was Jrue Holiday’s historically bad shooting performance. He went 2-24 from the field and single handedly lost the game for the 76ers.