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

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

NBA Nightly Update 4/9/13

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.

NBA Nightly Update 4/7/13

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.

NBA Nightly Update 4/4/13

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.

NBA Nightly Update 4/1/13

Derrick Favors- The Jazz had a huge home win tonight against the Trailblazers thanks in large part to Favors’ contribution off the bench. He had 18 points, 7 rebounds, and 2 assists, which was needed since no one else on the bench was helpful tonight. The Jazz now have a half game lead on the Lakers for the 8th spot in the West and are starting to heat up at the right time.

NBA Nightly Update 3/30/13

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.

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.