Trans. Apr 4 4:43 ET (Apr 4 4:43 ET ) New Orleans starting point guard Jarrett Jack has been ruled out of the Hornets' game Wednesday night against Denver because of a sore right ankle. The Hornets say reserve center Chris Johnson, who was diagnosed with a concussion after taking a hit to the head in a loss at Phoenix on Sunday, also has been scratched from the lineup Jack has averaged 15.6 points and 6.3 assists this season.
Jarrett Jack scored 23 points on 8-of-15 shooting (1-of-2 from deep, 6-of-7 from the line) with two rebounds and five assists in 31 minutes off the bench on Friday.
The Scoop:Jack had played himself into late-round value earlier this week and now he's starting to give himself some padding. He should be owned in all standard 12-team formats at least until he cools off.
Jarrett Jack played 35 minutes against the Bucks on Wednesday with 14 points, nine rebounds, four assists, one steal and three turnovers.
The Scoop:That's four games in a row with double-digit scoring since his massive 10-of-10 breakout game on Nov. 13. Jack seems to have carved out minutes in the mid-20s and he's doing a little bit of everything. Fantasy owners in standard leagues can give him a look for some low-end value.
Jarrett Jack made all 10 shots from the field and 3-of-4 from the line for 23 points against the Warriors on Thursday, adding three rebounds, three assists, three turnovers and four fouls in 26 minutes.
The Scoop:The revenge game was a common thread tonight, but making all 10 from the field is the ace of spades as far as stat lines go. Jack only played 24.1 minutes per game before tonight and only had 7.0 points per game, so we'd need to see him do it again before signing off on him as a pickup.
Perry Jones banged knees with Jarrett Jack in the third quarter and stayed in the game during a 116-85 loss on Monday, finishing with 16 points, four rebounds, one assist and two 3-pointers in 34 minutes.
The Scoop:He did look a bit hobbled and hopefully he'll be in the lineup on Tuesday against the Raptors. Jones is going to get all the minutes he can handle and he should be in all lineups until Kevin Durant (foot) gets back.
The Celtics came from 17 points down to beat the Nets 95-90 in preseason action on Sunday, but those weren’t the numbers everyone was looking at. Instead, it was those on the clock. The game lasted just one hour and 58 minutes, thanks to the NBA experimenting with a 44-minute format that saw the teams play 11-minute quarters, with one mandatory timeout that normally takes place in both the second and fourth quarters eliminated in an effort to tighten things up. Not that anyone really noticed. “No, not really,” said Nets head coach Lionel Hollins, when asked if the game felt shorter. “When you’re coaching and I look up there and when we’re already to the first [mandatory] time out, that was kind of surprising. That was the only time it seemed like it was quick. Other than that, I didn’t really notice it.” “You noticed it a little bit when you are subbing at the start of quarters, but I thought the flow with the one less time out was actually a little bit better in the second and fourth,” Celtics head coach Brad Stevens said. “I didn’t notice it a whole lot, and I don’t know how much impact it had on the game.” To a man, players on both sides echoed those sentiments. What did impact things, at least on the Nets side, was fatigue stemming from the team’s recent preseason trip to China; Hollins, Andrei Kirilenko and Mason Plumlee were among those who said as much. The Nets led by as many as 17 points in the second quarter, before the Celtics stormed back to take the lead in the third, during a period where Brooklyn was unusually sloppy and committed seven turnovers. The gimmick didn’t have anything to do with the outcome, which is likely a good thing if the league is going to expand plans to tinker with the format in the future. Statistically, a few guys were still able to log above average performances — Jared Sullinger finished with 21 points and 19 rebounds, Jarrett Jack had 17 points in 19 minutes off the bench, and Jerome Jordan continued his strong bid to make Brooklyn’s roster by finishing with 17 points on 7-of-7 shooting, to go along with six rebounds. But while shorter games would fit better into television time slots — which is no doubt an important consideration, especially in light of how much money the league’s broadcast partners agreed to shell out in the latest rights deal — that appears to be the only positive that would be accomplished. Hollins is among the head coaches who believe that shorter games wouldn’t lessen the wear and tear on the league’s star players, or even those simply penciled in to be in the starting lineup. Most teams would continue to ride their best players, and the result would be four fewer minutes available for the reserve players to earn. That could create an issue for the players union, since playing fewer minutes would mean reserves would have less of an impact, and that could ultimately translate to a similarly decreased value of their future contracts. But that’s all speculation for now, and is likely to remain so for quite some time. One preseason contest doesn’t provide nearly enough information to consider making such a drastic decision. While the overall impact of a shorter game seemed fairly minimal today, there are unforeseen issues that could arise when a larger data set is available to be studied. - Brett Pollakoff, Pro Basketball Talk, NBC Sports
Jarrett Jack scored 17 points off the Brooklyn bench on 7-of-12 shooting while adding two rebounds, two assists, and one 3-pointer.
The Scoop:He looked good tonight and he should have no trouble seeing minutes off of the bench for Brooklyn. Given Deron William's injury history, Jack will be a solid deep league asset and an excellent handcuff or D-Will owners. Don't burn more than a late-round pick on him though.
The Scoop:Jack may spend some time alongside Deron Williams during the course of games, but it doesn't appear coach Lionel Hollins is considering him as a starting SG. That likely means that Joe Johnson will play SG with either Andrei Kirilenko, Bojan Bogdanovic or Alan Anderson at SF, but this picture could change overnight as Hollins evaluates his team during the preseason.
Oct 1 12:00 ET
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Shabazz Napier spins around Deron Williams and Kevin Garnett (Ball Don't Lie) (6 Days Ago | courtesy: Ball Don't Lie) The Brooklyn Nets have been one of the biggest disappointments of the 2014-15 NBA season so far. After entering the year as unlikely but dark-horse challengers for a spot in the conference finals, the Nets entered Monday night's home game against the Miami Heat with a 4-5 record and a three-game losing streak. New head coach Lionel Hollins has not been able to turn his aging team into a strong outfit yet, and shooting guard Joe Johnson has criticized teammates in public for selfish play even before the team dipped below .500. The Nets have a long way to go. A single moment against the Heat did a pretty good job of summing up the Nets experience. Roughly halfway through the second quarter, Heat rookie point guard Shabazz Napier executed some fancy dribbling moves while working a pick-and-roll with Chris Bosh. Deron Williams and Kevin Garnett got a bit confused: The Heat didn't score on the play — Napier turned it over a few seconds later — but the damage had been done. That's two well-regarded veterans, one of whom is considered the most versatile defender of his generation, made to look like untested beginners by a player in his 11th NBA game. There are a lot of big names in Brooklyn, but they haven't come together to form an especially impressive team. Things got much worse for the Nets after this play. Up five points at halftime, the Nets eventually lost 95-83 to a Heat team playing without Dwyane Wade, Luol Deng, and Josh McRoberts. They're now 4-6 and in need of answers. - - - - - - - Eric Freeman is a writer for Ball Don't Lie on Yahoo Sports. Have a tip? Email him at firstname.lastname@example.org or follow him on Twitter! Follow @FreemanEric More...