They need more shooting. Donovan Mitchell needs more help. As good as he is and has been in just two years in the NBA, asking him to carry this much of the load offensively at his age is too much. Rudy Gobert needs more help too. Royce O'Neale says the Jazz aren't looking forward or behind in advance of possible elimination game on Monday.
It has now become more clear to Dennis Lindsey and the Utah Jazz front office what needs to be done to improve this roster moving forward. What they learned can accelerate the process in a way that a playoff series win over a lesser opponent could not. He averaged 24 points in 11 playoff games including 38 points in a closeout Game 6 against the Thunder. This year things were different. His points and shooting percentage took a dip against the Rockets. After starting out from the field he shot the rest of the game.
There was one stretch in Game 3 where he missed 11 straight shots.
No one is taking the loss harder than Donovan and missing a wide open look with 8 seconds left that would have tied the game will haunt him for a while. It will drive him to become better.
Teague has emerged as a quality point guard for the Atlanta Hawks, averaging Being the last seed in the weaker Eastern Conference just means winning the right to not have any lottery balls and get pummeled in the first round. The only reason the Hawks are in the postseason is because they were slightly less bad than the other teams that didn't make it in the East. They have a snowball's chance in a Georgian July of beating the top-seeded Indiana Pacers in a seven-game series. Mike Conley , Memphis Grizzlies. The Grizzlies have played well down the stretch, but they are going to face the Oklahoma City Thunder and Kevin Durant , who does not look like he's planning on a first-round exit.
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Neither of these players makes the list because their teams have little chance of a deep run. They do make honorable mention, though, because they are worthy point guards.
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No one is going to confuse D. Augustin and Kirk Hinrich of the Chicago Bulls with being elite point guards. Hinrich is well past his prime, and Augustin was left for dead on the waiver wire, the proverbial trash heap of the NBA, when the Bulls resuscitated him last December. Per NBA. Hinrich has lifted his effective field-goal percentage from. According to HoopsStats. The next-best in history is Klay Thompson with That means Lillard is on pace to open his career with 25 percent more threes than anyone ever has.
You've just got to keep believing. Last year, we had a lot of new players on the team. We were a really young team, and we were trying to put it together. We won 33 games, but it takes time. Even the best teams, they had their time when they struggled. Patrick Beverley, the Rockets' starter, is a defensive stalwart. On the other hand, Houston gives up 8. If his jumper is wet, the Rockets may have trouble igniting at launch and prove to be a dud. Stephen Curry of the Golden State Warriors may establish himself as the greatest shooter ever before he retires.
He did it again on May 6, when he went off for 44 points and 11 assists in Game 1 of the Warriors' second-round series with the San Antonio Spurs. He is also an elite passer, averaging 8. We slog through regular seasons, sometimes interminably long, just to widdle down the field of teams to a select few who will get to play for the chance to win a championship. And that makes playoffs the best part of every season.
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They have the most excitement, the highest level of play, and the games are must see for the fans. We even describe worthy regular season games as having a playoff atmosphere. So if the regular season is just an excuse to get to the playoffs, why do we even need it?
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Why do we put up with so many meaningless regular season games just to get to the good stuff? Well, for a few reasons, the biggest being money. More people are watching, so TV ratings are higher, so the networks that televise the games would be willing to pay for their rights because they get more for their advertising revenues.
Plus, games that have more at stake will tend to sell tickets better, which leads to more money from things like concession stands and team merchandise. Basically, the more important you make the game the more the fans will pay attention, and the more money you can make on each individual game. The thing is, they do a terrible job of actually choosing the best. This action might not be possible to undo. Are you sure you want to continue? Upload Sign In Join. Save For Later.