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 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.
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.
Derrick Favors- The Jazz had a big win against the Nets last night at home, which keeps them in the 8th spot in the West. Favors had a nice night with 13 points, 9 rebounds, and 3 steals off the bench. They just need to do their best to ignore the charging Mavericks and the Lakers and I can see them making the playoffs.
Jarrett Jack- The Warriors crushed the Trailblazers at home last night, getting one game closer to locking up the 6th seed. Jack only had 4 points in 28 minutes, but he added 5 rebounds and 6 assists. The team played well when he was running the point, which is good news for the Warriors.
Thaddeus Young- The 76ers got the win last night, even if it was against the Bobcats. They have continued to play well behind the hot shooting of Spencer Hawes and Thaddeus Young. Young had 15 points, 10 rebounds, 3 assists, and 2 steals, which was a very impressive all around performance. He has continued to play well even though the team has nothing to really play for.
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.
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.
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.