Tonight is the final night of the regular season in the NBA and there is still one spot left in the Western Conference playoffs. The Lakers and Jazz have been battling for it for the last couple of weeks, and it all comes down to tonight’s double header. Continue reading
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
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
The NBA playoff race is coming down to the wire and the Jazz are in a two team race for the 8th spot in the West. They play the Thunder at home on Tuesday and then play back to back games against the struggling Timberwolves. Their final game of the season is against a Grizzlies team who has already clinched the 5 seed in the West, which means that won’t be entirely motivated to play. Looking at Utah’s schedule, they should be able to finish with a 3-1 record and 2-2 at worst.
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.
Chris Bosh- The Miami Heat were back to their winning ways, beating the Hornets on the road. Bosh had a quiet game with 10 points, 4 rebounds, and 2 assists, but the Hornets aren’t a very good team so the team didn’t need a big night from him. The Heat’s next game is on the road against the Spurs (the game most people thought would end their streak) and could potentially be an NBA Finals preview.
Derrick Favors- The Jazz are currently finishing up a road contest against Portland and it looks like they are going to get a huge road win. Favors had a nice night off the bench with 13 points, 10 rebounds, and 2 assists and has continued to show signs of becoming a dominant player. With a win tonight the Jazz move into a tie for the 8th spot in the West with the Lakers. If the playoffs were to start tomorrow, however, they would get the 8th spot over the Lakers since they have more head to head wins.
Iman Shumpert- Shumpert had another nice game with 8 points, 2 rebounds, 5 assists, and 2 steals. This is his second consecutive game where he was able to contribute offensively, which is a very good sign for the Knicks. Although they played the Bobcats (that should always be a win), it is nice to see them winning again and playing well going into the playoffs. Maybe they can give the Heat a run and make them work to win the Eastern Conference.
Thaddeus Young- The 76ers won on the road tonight against the Cavaliers thanks in large part to Thaddeus Young. He was incredibly efficient on offense, going 9-13 from the field and scoring 18 points. He has played great lately and someone is going to pay him in FA this offseason. He’s still a young player and a team in need of a SF (Atlanta Hawks?) will probably lure him out of Philadelphia.