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.

 

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.

NBA Nightly Update 4/4/13

Anthony Morrow- Morrow finally received meaningful minutes for the Mavericks tonight, which happened to come against one of the best teams in the West, the Denver Nuggets. In the 13 minutes he played, he went 3-5 from the floor and scored 7 points. He had an excellent game tonight, but the Mavericks are essentially knocked out of the playoffs. They’re 3 games back of the Lakers with 7 games left to play, which is almost impossible to make up. Morrow should see some more playing time in the last few days now that they are almost out 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.

 

NBA Nightly Update 3/28/13

Anthony Morrow- The Mavericks were blown out at home tonight by the Pacers, which means Morrow got some playing time. All of his minutes were meaningless, but he was still able to score 4 points. It’s nice seeing him score the ball in ways other than the 3 point shot since it adds value to his game. Despite playing well when given playing time however, he may not see many minutes the rest of the season since the Mavericks are still only a game and a half out of the 8th spot in the West.

NBA Nightly Update 3/20/13

Chris Bosh- The Heat had to come back from 27 down last night to beat the Cavs on the road. Bosh had a low scoring night, but continued to contribute with 11 points, 7 rebounds, and 3 assists.

Derrick Favors- Although Favors played 23 minutes last night, he only attempted 4 shots, scoring 5 points with 3 rebounds and 2 assists. The Jazz lost a close game against the Rockets on the road.

Jarrett Jack-The Warriors lost on the road against the Spurs last night, but it wasn’t Jack’s fault. He was efficient and scored 14 points with 7 assists off the bench. He’s started to play like he did when the Warriors were on a winning streak, which is good to see.

Anthony Morrow-In 12 minutes off the bench last night, Morrow scored 6 points. The last two games he has gotten a couple minutes and has scored efficiently. He is doing all he can to get more playing time right now so hopefully he can become a more prominent contributor.

Iman Shumpert- Shumpert played 14 minutes last night and finally had a good game. He had 7 points and contributed 3 assists. Those are excellent numbers compared to what he’s done the rest of the season so hopefully he can keep it up.

Thaddeus Young- The 76ers got killed on the road last night against the Clippers. Young did his thing though with 13 points and 8 rebounds. Without Andrew Bynum, this team is not built to win games and they’re just waiting for the season to be over.

NBA Nightly Update 3/18/13

Chris Bosh- The Heat won a very exciting game against the Celtics tonight to extend their streak to 23 games. Bosh didn’t have a huge game, but he was efficient from the field and had a stat line of 13 points, 5 rebounds, 2 assists, and 2 blocks. With Garnett not playing, I thought Bosh would have a big game, but he wasn’t needed and they got it done on the road.

Will Bynum- The Pistons got destroyed tonight by the Nets at home. Bynum had 18 points, 5 rebounds, and 6 assists, but there’s not much you can take out of getting mop up duty. Hopefully the Pistons are competitive in the next game and he gets some meaningful minutes.

Derrick Favors- The Jazz lost a close game at home against the Knicks and Favors wasn’t much help offensively. He shot 1-7 from the floor and was ineffective against a Knicks team that was without Stoudemire and Chandler. That’s somewhat surprising, but he did have 13 rebounds so he was helpful on the boards.

Jarrett Jack- Jack had 9 points, 2 rebounds, and 5 assists off the bench tonight for the Warriors. They beat the Hornets as expected, but it’s still nice to see them string together a few wins. They seem to be righting the ship at the same time Jack is coming out of his slump.

Anthony Morrow- Morrow finally got some minutes tonight for the Mavericks and it happened to be in his return home to Atlanta. In his 13 minutes of action, he scored 8 points and recorded 3 assists. Even better, he attempted 0 threes, which shows he is creating offense for himself besides just being a 3 point shooter. Hopefully his solid performance will convince the team to give him more playing time.

Iman Shumpet- Shumpert had a solid game tonight, scoring 8 points and grabbing 2 rebounds. he hasn’t been the same player this season after coming back from his ACL injury, so the expectations for him have decreased lately. It was a nice win on the road for his team since they are trying to avoid a slide in the standings.

Thaddeus Young- Young had the best performance out of anyone tonight, helping the 76ers edge out a close win at home against the Trailblazers. He had a very nice all around game, stuffing the stat sheet with 19 points on 9-15 shooting, 3 rebounds, 5 assists, 4 steals, and 2 blocks. His great play of late has helped the 76ers put together a few wins and give the fans in Philly something to be excited about.

NBA Nightly Update 3/10/13

Chris Bosh- The Heat extended their streak to 17 games in a row tonight, thanks in large part to Bosh. Lebron finally had a low scoring night and Bosh was able to take advantage of this. He scored 24 points while shooting an incredibly efficient 11-15 from the floor. He also added 3 rebounds, 4 assists, and 3 blocks to his impressive performance.

Will Bynum- As I’m writing this, the Pistons are getting destroyed on the road at the Clippers and there is no point in waiting for it to finish. At the moment, Bynum has 6 points and 2 assists in 13 minutes of action. Sadly, they are actually shooting well, but the Clippers are shooting over 60% and Chris Paul is having a fantastic game.

Anthony Morrow- Morrow finally got playing time tonight for the Mavericks, but it came in a blowout. In his 2 minutes of playing time, he managed shoot four shots, but only made one. He was understandably eager to impress the coaches, but I can’t imagine four shots in two minutes went down well with them after the game.

Thaddeus Young- Much like Bosh, Thaddeus Young had a huge night. Even though the 76ers lost, he posted a stat line of 26 points(13-17 from the field), 12 rebounds, 2 assists, and 5 blocks. This is his second straight game with over 20 points and he is really starting to heat up. The 76ers will start to piece together some wins when he can get some help from Holiday and Turner. Both haven’t been playing well of late and the team has had to rely on bench players to keep them in games.

NBA Nightly Update 2/27/13

Will Bynum- Bynum and the Pistons beat the Wizards by one on the road last night and this was Bynum’s first game back since his suspension. He played 14 minutes, but wasn’t productive, going 1-7 from the field and a 3/2 assist to turnover ratio. He should start to play better when he gets back to his regular minutes.

Derrick Favors- If you happened to watch the Hawks-Jazz game last night, you got a great look at Derrick Favors as a starter. Utah’s usual PF Paul Millsap was out for the game, so Favors took his place and had a stat line of 17 points, 15, rebounds,3 assists, and 3 blocks. He made the best of his opportunity and expect to see more performances like that next year when Millsap leaves in FA.

Jarrett Jack- Last night the Warriors played a great game against the Knicks but came up short on the road. Jack didn’t have a great shooting game, but he still scored 14 points off the bench. The real story though was Stephen Curry, who had the most points in an NBA game this season with 54.

Anthony Morrow- Dallas lost on the road last night against the Grizzlies, and Morrow did not see any game action.

Iman Shumpert- Shumpert was on the winning end of the Warriors-Knicks shootout. He started for the Knicks and got 22 minutes of playing time, but he was very inefficient on offense. Shumpert continued to prove why he is a valuable asset to the Knicks, however, by playing great defense and getting 6 steals.

NBA Nightly Update 2/26/13

Chris Bosh- Tonight the Heat won a double OT game at home against the Sacramento Kings. Bosh didn’t have a great shooting night, going 5-13 from the field and scoring 15 points, but he was able to contribute in other ways by posting 8 rebounds, 3 steals, and 4 blocks.

Jarrett Jack- Jack has been on an absolute tear lately, but he finally cooled off tonight. The Warriors lost on the road against the Pacers and Jack wasn’t able to contribute tonight. He shot 20% from the field, so hopefully he can get back to the form he has displayed the last few weeks.

Anthony Morrow- Morrow finally got a few minutes for the Mavericks tonight, but it was short lived. In the 4 minutes he got, he went 0-2 from the field. I expect his minutes to increase as he becomes more aware of the offense and starts to heat up.

Thaddeus Young- Young started tonight for the Sixers at SF and played 34 minutes. Unfortunately the Sixers weren’t able to close out the Magic at home. He almost recorded a double-double with 8 points and 10 rebounds in the Sixers’ off night.