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 13 points with four rebounds, three assists, one steal, one block and one three in Friday's loss, and he could be in line for more playing time if Deron Williams' calf injury is serious.
The Scoop:Williams is probably heading for an MRI and he's not the most durable guy around, so Jack makes sense as a speculative add. Just keep in mind that he has been pretty terrible lately, but that could be a function of being a secondary player next to two guys in Williams and Joe Johnson that dominate the ball.
While watching this live, I assumed that Cory Jefferson was attempting an ill-fated pass. You want to believe. You want to hope that an NBA-level pro working for the Brooklyn Nets would do better than shooting a wide-open 24-foot shot some 19 feet – if that. You try to be a glass half-full sort of guy. An appalling optimist. Perhaps we’re projecting. Because, yeah, look at the tape: Cory Jefferson is a rookie, and he’ll shoot a better percentage of wide-open three-pointers in his team’s daily shootarounds than 99 percent of the readers who will click on that video ( he did hit 41 percent of his three-pointers in college ). In retrospect, though, that wasn’t a pass. That was a terrible shot that Jefferson (who has yet to hit a three-pointer this season in five attempts) may have hesitated on far too late into his windup and release. The only possible Net in his range of vision would have been Jarrett Jack, the man who passed the ball to the rookie, who wasn’t exactly hanging out underneath the rim, ready for an assist. Nope, it was just a shank. These things tend to happen, especially in a Brooklyn Nets season gone terribly wrong. Jefferson finished with four points, four rebounds and a turnover in 13 minutes – but his turnover was the first of his NBA career. Prior to the contest he had played 47 total NBA minutes, contributing 20 points and 12 rebounds. Not a great run, but not all that terrible either. The Nets fell to the Bulls by 25 points . Jefferson’s whiff may have been an actual shot, but I think it’s definitely time for all of us to give Brooklyn’s season a pass. - - - - - - - Kelly Dwyer is an editor for Ball Don't Lie on Yahoo Sports. Have a tip? Email him at KDonhoops@yahoo.com or follow him on Twitter! Follow @KDonhoops
In protest of a New York grand jury's decision not to indict NYPD Officer Daniel Pantaleo for the choking death of Eric Garner, Cleveland Cavaliers superstar LeBron James wore an "I Can't Breathe" T-shirt before Monday's game against the Nets in Brooklyn. Cavs teammate Kyrie Irving joined James and several Nets players in wearing similar shirts. Photo: LeBron James during warmups sporting the "I Can't Breathe" t-shirt. #ICantBreathe pic.twitter.com/MyzNjbqy9A — Chris Haynes (@ChrisBHaynes) December 9, 2014 Nets guard Jarrett Jack provided the shirts to James and Irving, the Akron Beacon Journal reported . “It’s more a notion to the family than anything,” James said of the shirts. “Obviously as a society we have to do better, we have to be better for one another. It doesn’t matter what race you are. It’s more of a shout out to the family more than anything. They’re the ones that should be getting all the energy and effort.” [Adrian Wojnarowski: Adam Silver supports players' social commentary ] Chicago Bulls point guard Derrick Rose wore an "I Can't Breathe" T-shirt during pregame warmups prior to Saturday's home game against the Golden State Warriors. When asked Monday morning by the Daily News about his fellow former NBA MVP's attire, James said, “It was spectacular. I loved it. I’m looking for one." Jack made sure he got one. This isn't the first time James has taken a stand on racial issues. In 2012, he posted a photo to Instagram of his Miami Heat wearing hooded sweatshirts in solidarity over the shooting death of Florida teen Trayvon Martin by George Zimmerman. Last year, James also coordinated Miami's decision to wear warm-up shirts inside-out in protest of then L.A. Clippers owner Donald Sterling's racist remarks. Following the Ferguson ruling, James posted on his Instagram account a drawing of Michael Brown and Trayvon Martin walking arm in arm. "As a society how do we do better and stop things like this happening time after time!! I'm so sorry to these families," the caption read. "Violence is not the answer people. Retaliation isn't the solution as well. #PrayersUpToTheFamilies #WeHaveToDoBetter." Prince William and Duchess Kate Middleton attended Monday's Cavs-Nets game at the Barclays Center, where protesters staged a die-in , so LeBron's statement could have a global reach. Video of the incident shows Garner, an African-American, repeating the phrase, "I can't breathe," numerous times after the Italian-American police officer placed him in a chokehold in an attempt to make an arrest for the alleged sale of untaxed cigarettes. The grand jury's decision ignited protests across the country — as did a similar ruling in the shooting death of black teen Michael Brown by a white Ferguson, Mo., police officer last month — and athletes have been at the forefront of activism efforts. Several NFL players, including St. Louis Rams guard Davin Joseph , made similar gestures on Sunday. (h/t Washington Post )
Jarrett Jack was quiet on Monday against the Cavs, scoring four points on 1-of-4 shooting with one rebound, five assists, one steal and one three in 23 minutes off the bench.
The Scoop:Jack might have played a little bit more had the game not been a blowout, but owners had to be hoping for more with Joe Johnson (flu) out tonight. Jack has been pretty terrible lately and owners can certainly move on for a hot free agent, but it also wouldn't be surprising if he got going if Johnson misses more time.
Jarrett Jack cooled off against the 76ers on Wednesday with four points, two rebounds, four assists and one turnover in 19 minutes.
The Scoop:This is his second sub-par game in a row, so it's become a little harder to stay on his bandwagon in a backup role. If you have your eye on someone else, there's no need to be too attached to Jack.
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.
Milwaukee Bucks guard Brandon Knight is no stranger to embarrassment. He was most notably on the wrong end of DeAndre Jordan's Dunk of the Year in March 2013, but Knight also had his ankles broken by Kyrie Irving in the Rising Stars Challenge at All-Star Weekend a month earlier. Ask many fans about Knight's career and they might remember him as a punchline rather than a basketball player. Yet it's also possible that these unfortunate moments in the spotlight have turned Knight into a pretty resilient young athlete. He proved that on Wednesday night in bouncing back from an embarrassing mistake that nearly cost his team a win. With around four seconds remaining in overtime and the Bucks tied with the host Brooklyn Nets at 105-105, Knight jumped into a passing lane and picked off a pass from Joe Johnson. No one was impeding Knight's path to the hoop, which turned his breakaway into a race against time. He got to the rim and put up a simple lay-in with plenty of time to spare, but Knight's rush to the basket appeared to have put him off balance: The shocking miss forced the Bucks into another overtime to fight for their third-straight win. Up until the final 20 seconds, it looked as if Knight might have cost his team the game. Jarrett Jack hit a jumper to raise the Nets' lead to 112-109 with only 23 ticks on the clock. A few seconds later, Knight made up for his prior mistake with a game-tying three: Joe Johnson badly missed a potential game-winning buzzer-beater on the next possession, which forced a third extra period. The Bucks did not let that opportunity go to waste. Johnson missed another shot with 12 seconds left and the Nets down two points. Knight was fouled after the rebound and hit both free throws to ice the game and finish off the 122-118 win, thereby erasing the impact of his missed lay-up. Knight didn't have a particularly impressive game overall (18 points on 5-of-20 FG and 2-of-10 3FG), but his ability to bounce back from a nearly catastrophic mistake speaks highly of his character. He also helped continue the Bucks' strong run of form. In addition to winning three in a row, the team has taken five of the last six and looks like a potential playoff squad in the downtrodden East. Milwaukee is a long way from last year's league-worst record. Wednesday's win also afforded head coach Jason Kidd some bragging rights in his first game back in Brooklyn following this summer's acrimonious exit . Kidd was not welcomed warmly by fans during pregame introductions, but he ended up with the victory. He also looks to have a team headed in the right direction, at least for now. - - - - - - - Eric Freeman is a writer for Ball Don't Lie on Yahoo Sports. Have a tip? Email him at email@example.com or follow him on Twitter! Follow @FreemanEric
Jarrett Jack scored 15 points off the bench on Monday, hitting 5-of-9 shots (1-of-1 from deep, 4-of-4 from the line) with zero rebounds, four assists and one steal in 24 minutes.
The Scoop:Jack is turning in late-round value and should be owned in most 12-team formats.
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