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 21 points on 7-of-13 shooting with two threes, four rebounds, two assists, one steal and 5-of-5 hits from the foul line on Friday against the Bucks.
The Scoop:Jack logged 34 minutes off the bench and depending on whether or not Kyrie Irving is truly healthy after returning from a biceps injury, he could see more run than would be expected for an aging player on a team out of contention. Matthew Dellavedova (four points, four assists, 25 minutes) could also see some run, but he's more of a guy to watch than pick up right now.
Jarrett Jack came off the bench Wednesday for 13 points, four rebounds and four assists in 30 minutes.
The Scoop:In a twist off previous strategy, the Cavs chose to start Dion Waiters at shooting guard with Kyrie Irving (biceps) healthy. Jack gave owners plenty of value in this one, but his minute count was aided by a 23-point halftime lead and Irving coasting to just 28 minutes. On most nights, Jack will hover around 25-27 minutes as a third guard. Owners should be able to do better by streaming down the stretch.
Jarrett Jack played 36 minutes during a surprising blowout 90-76 win over the Pacers, scoring 11 points with six boards, nine assists, one steal, one block and one 3-pointer.
The Scoop:This could be his last hooray with Kyrie Irving (biceps) targeting a return on Tuesday, which is not a guarantee. Regardless, the Cavs have a horrible schedule this week with games on a 13-game Wednesday, a 14-game Friday and a six-game Saturday. Jack is a player to consider cutting if he's on the bottom third of your roster with respect how much you value him.
Jarrett Jackwas 3-for-9 with more turnovers (two) than assists (one) and his Cleveland Cavaliers trailed the Detroit Pistons by a dozen when he re-entered last nights game midway through the fourth quarter.
Jarrett Jack was 3-for-9 with more turnovers (two) than assists (one) and his Cleveland Cavaliers trailed the Detroit Pistons by a dozen when he re-entered last night’s game midway through the fourth quarter. On his first possession, he launched a 3-pointer and held held his follow-through as the ball swished through the net. That was…
Dion Waiters hit a contested baseline jumper at the buzzer, completing a rally that lifted the Cleveland Cavaliers to a 97-96 victory over the Detroit Pistons on Wednesday night. The Pistons led 82-66 going into the fourth quarter, but once again collapsed down the stretch. Jarrett Jack hit a 3-pointer to pull the Cavaliers within 96-90 with 2:49 left, and his jump shot made it a 4-point game with 90 seconds to play. After a bad Brandon Jennings miss, Jack drove the lane and hit a floater while being fouled.
Jarrett Jack struggled on Wednesday, but turned it on late to finish with 17 points, two 3-pointers and one assist on 7-of-15 shooting.
The Scoop:Jack kept it going tonight, as the Cavs made a furious comeback and scored the game's final 10 points for the unlikely win, after entering the fourth quarter in a 82-66 hole. Jack should be in most lineups the rest of the way, as it's hard to imagine Kyrie Irving playing again this season.
A look around the league and the Web that covers it. It's also important to note that the rotation order and starting nods aren't always listed in order of importance. That's for you, dear reader, to figure out.
C : FOX Sports North, via @cjzero . Man, Kevin Love seemed shot after the Minnesota Timberwolves' Monday night loss to the Memphis Grizzlies, which dropped Minny back below .500 at 34-35 and put the Wolves seven games back of the eighth-seeded Phoenix Suns with 13 games remaining. He sounded a more resolute note on Instagram on Tuesday , but with the Wolves looking all but dead in the water in the Western Conference playoff race after a pair of bad losses, it's tough to blame him for seeming so depleted on Monday.
PF : The Sporting News . Sean Deveney talks with some medical professionals about whether we've seen the last of the kinds of microfracture surgeries that so dramatically altered the careers of players like Greg Oden, Amar'e Stoudemire and Penny Hardaway.
SF : Bleacher Report and Bullets Forever . A pair of good breakdowns of things John Wall does well (get the Washington Wizards' wings open 3-pointers in their sweet spots) and areas where he needs to improve (for example, avoiding turnovers).
SG : Waiting for Next Year . Scott Sargent notes the strong recent play of Cleveland Cavaliers shooting guard Dion Waiters — just under 19 points, four assists and three rebounds per game over his last 10 games , up to 24, six and four in four starts since Kyrie Irving went down — and wonders whether what teammate Jarrett Jack called the "leaps and bounds [he's made] from where we were at the beginning of the season" mean that the 22-year-old Syracuse product has matured to the point where he's ready to be a consistent contributor for an improved Cavs team next season.
PG : TrueDallas . Zac Crain thinks Dallas fans don't properly appreciate Dirk Nowitzki's greatness and everything he's done for the Dallas Mavericks. I think that's probably true for the rest of us , too.
6th : Hang Time . Is Mitch Richmond worthy of enshrinement in the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame this summer? Scott Howard-Cooper considers his case.
7th : The Triangle . Jared Dubin watched a ton of NBA players do their pregame warm-ups, and then talked to a bunch of them about how they developed their routines, why they're doing what they're doing, and more. It makes for an interesting read on something many of us probably take for granted.
8th : Grantland . Zach Lowe on the rebuilding project underway in North Carolina, where the Charlotte Bobcats are going to return to the playoffs without threatening title contention, and why that's OK for the moment: "[…] not every team can aspire to championships at all times. Some must first reach profitability and watchability."
9th : Spurs Nation . Jeff Ayres and Tim Duncan are pretty sure they got haunted by a ghost baby at a Bay Area hotel. I'm guessing it was just one of Jordan Crawford's killer pranks, but then again, I'm not a certified Ghost Hunter.
10th : The Starters . Remember how Wilt Chamberlain and his mom used to endorse children's laxatives? No? Well, then, you're in for a reminder.
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Jarrett Jack followed up Sunday's 31-point eruption with 13 points, five rebounds, five assists, two steals and one block as the Cavs defeated the visiting Raptors on Tuesday.
The Scoop:The veteran made 6-of-9 field goals and only turned the ball over once in 37 minutes. He's found his groove, to say the least, and remains a great rest-of-season option with Kyrie Irving (bicep) questionable to return.
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