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Utah Jazz Beat the Grizzlies, 126-110, and Advance to the Second Round

The Utah Jazz is worthy of being the No.1 seed in the Western Conference as they beat the Memphis Grizzlies in Game 5 of Jazz vs Grizzlies. After their decisive win, they will advance to the second round of the series. 

There was no question that the Jazz would win because it was over as soon as it started. Donovan Mitchell started the game, scoring almost at will. He posted 30 points with 10 assists shooting 11/16 from the field and 5/8 from three.

Donovan Mitchell Determined to Win After Losing Last Playoffs

No one can forget last season’s playoffs when Utah blew a 3-1 lead to the Denver Nuggets. This was what Mitchell had in mind when playing for the first round of the playoff series. He did not want to repeat such history. That’s why even if allergies woke him up every hour a night before the Jazz played in Game 5 of Jazz vs Grizzlies, he focused on starting fast and finishing strong.

This is just what he did as he scored 26 of his 30 points in just the first half, and because of it, Utah was able to eliminate the Grizzlies on Wednesday night. Mitchel also had 10 assists and 6 rebounds in 29 minutes. 

Mike Conley Leaves Game 5 of Jazz vs Grizzlies Due to Injury

With 8:58 left in the second quarter, Conley had to leave because of right hamstring soreness. He had aggravated his right hamstring. He also missed 21 games during the regular season because of his balky hamstring.

In an interview with the media, he stated, “In the first quarter, I felt just the little tug or whatever in my hammy. I made the bench and made the staff aware … but it just kept getting more and more sore as I was running on it so they decided to pull me.”

Conley was discouraged because he worked so hard in training and missed so many games. 

“I’m frustrated, for sure, after … I put a lot of effort into showing up early, staying late, strengthening, running, conditioning, everything,” Conley said.

The fans and punters that supported Utah Jazz from the beginning can now breathe easy as the team will advance to the second round. If you have been keeping up with sports betting news, this won’t come as a surprise. However, if you are still looking for a reliable platform for all of your betting questions and needs, Odds4Sports is the perfect fit for you. They cover a wide range of sports and markets that punters like you can explore and bet on. Create an account with them today!

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NBA 2019-20 GM Survey is Out: Who is the Likely MVP?

The National Basketball Association (NBA) has already released its annual GM survey. It asked the NBA teams’ executives about the 2019-20 season MVP, champion, and best players, among others.

As NBA disclaimed, the GMs are the decision-makers of the franchise and answers to the survey is their best guesses. The GMs are not allowed to vote for their teams and players. Percentages are based on the total number of GMs who responded to a specific question, not for all the 30 GMs.

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Los Angeles Clippers (46%) was predicted to be this season’s champion. It was followed by Milwaukee Bucks (36%) and Los Angeles Lakers (11%) which are also ranked #1 team in the Eastern and Western Conference, respectively.

The results are distributed. In the last season, the Golden State Warriors received 87% of the vote. The team still received votes this year, though, along with Portland Trailblazers.

Interestingly, Toronto Raptors, which did not appear in the results, won the 2018-19 NBA Finals championship.

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About 52% of the respondents chose Giannis Antetokounmpo of the Milwaukee Bucks, who won last year’s MVP award. The majority of the GMs is apparently impressed of his previous season’s performance.

The disparity among the next choices is pretty wide, at 10%. Three names emerged: Stephen Curry (Golden State Warriors), Anthony Davis (Los Angeles Lakers), and Kawhi Leonard (Los Angeles Clippers).

The last year’s choice was LeBron James with 30%.

Speaking of last year’s survey results, when asked the GMs if they were to start a franchise who would they choose to start it, Antetokounmpo was also the runaway winner. He received 30% of the vote last year and a whopping 86% this year.

Rookie of the Year

Zion Williamson of the New Orleans Pelicans, the no. 1 overall draft pick, was chosen to be most likely Rookie of the Year awardee at 68%. He also deemed as the most athletic among the players today. The GMs also highlight that in five years, Williamson would be the NBA’s best player.

Ja Morant (Memphis Grizzlies) and Darius Garland (Cleveland Cavaliers) also received 29% and 4% of the votes, respectively.

Luca Doncic was predicted to receive the award in the last year’s survey with 43% of the total votes. Doncic was indeed awarded as the Rookie of the Year.

Best Overall Offseason Move

The Los Angeles Clippers (82%) was voted to have made the best move of the offseason. This is in part of the acquisition that is expected to make the biggest impact, referring to Leonard’s transfer from Toronto Raptors to the Clippers (67%). 

Other survey results are below.

Best Point Guard: Stephen Curry (Golden State Warriors)

Best Shooting Guard: James Harden (Houston Rockets)

Best Small Forward: Kawhi Leonard (Los Angeles Clippers)

Best Power Forward: Giannis Antetokounmpo (Milwaukee Bucks)

Best Center: Nikola Jokic (Denver Nuggets)

Best Defensive Player: Kawhi Leonard (Los Angeles Clippers)

Best Perimeter Defender: Kawhi Leonard (Los Angeles Clippers)

Best Interior Defender: Rudy Gobert (Utah Jazz)

Most Versatile Defender: Draymond Green (Golden State Warriors)

Best Defensive Team: Los Angeles Clippers

Best Head Coach: Gregg Popovich (San Antonio Spurs)

Breakout Player: De’Aaron Fox (Sacramento Kings)

Most Fun to Watch: Denver Nuggets

Best Pure Shooter: Stephen Curry (Golden State Warriors)

Best Passer: LeBron James (Los Angeles Lakers)

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5 NBA Players Who Became Coaches

Of the 30 head coaches in the NBA today, about nine of them previously played in the NBA and Europe. 

Based on the study conducted by scholars at Cornell University, an NBA team has a higher winning percentage if its coach is a former star player or had a long-playing career.

Here are some NBA players who became coaches.

1) Bill Russell

Russell is considered one of the most successful players in NBA history. He was one of the two dominant centres of his era, recording 15.1 points, 22.5 rebounds, and 4.5 assists per game. His athleticism is comparable with LeBron James.

Russell then became the first Black coach in 1966. He coached for the Boston Celtics, the same team where he had a total of 11 NBA championship titles. Russell took over the coaching position while he was still playing for the team. He continued as a playing coach until the 1968-69 season.

After his coaching stint with the Celtics, he moved on to Seattle SuperSonics and Sacramento Kings. Russell was fired from his coaching stint with the Kings at 17-41. His coaching record was 179-207.

2) Larry Bird

Bird is another Celtic player, and the best small forward in NBA history, who eventually became a coach. He was a scorer and rebounder, becoming one of the earliest three-point shooters the league has had. Bird has a 39.8% shooting average beyond the arc.

Five years after retiring as a player, Bird coached Indiana Pacers for the first time in the 1997-98 season. The team made it to the conference finals in the next three years. He stepped down as a coach and became one of the team’s executives instead.

He has a record of 147-67. 

3) Magic Johnson

Johnson is one of the best point guards in the history of the NBA despite standing at 6’9”. He has five championships under his belt, and his average records per game include 19.5 points, 11.2 assists, and 7.2 rebounds. He was forced to retire from playing at only 31 due to HIV. Before becoming a coach, however, he played for the All-Star and Olympics games as part of the dream team.

He became the head coach of the Los Angeles Lakers in the 1993-94 NBA season. However, his record was only 5-11. He returned to playing after that in 1995-96 and played for 32 games before he retired for good.

4) Jerry Sloan

Sloan was a shooting guard for the Chicago Bulls when he played, and one of the best shooting guards in the league then. He averaged 18.3 points and 7.4 rebounds per game. Nonetheless, he was more popular as a coach than as a player.

His first coaching job was with the Bulls. His record was 19-32; he was let go of the Bulls as a coach unsurprisingly. He moved on to Utah Jazz as an assistant coach for four years before becoming the team’s head coach. With Jazz, he became a Hall of Famer.

He has a record of 1,809-1,127. Sloan resigned in 2011. 

5) Isiah Thomas

Thomas is considered one of the best guards in history. A Hall of Famer, he has an average record of 21.2 points per game. He led Detroit Pistons to the NBA finals appearances for three years in a row. The team won the 1989 and 1990 championship titles. He retired at only 32 because of an injury.

He continued with becoming a head coach – one of the youngest in history. He started coaching the Indiana Pacers in 2000-01.

His coaching career was not as stellar as his playing career, however. He has a 187-223 record.

 

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