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Michael Shapiro of Sports Illustrated’s The Crossover looked at the five bench players making an impact in the NBA playoffs and Joe Johnson made the list.

Speaking of Johnson’s play so far against the Clippers, Shapiro wrote, “Considering Johnson has carried Utah to two wins in the first round, he’s an obvious choice to start our list.”

After talking about his game-winner in Game 1, Shapiro continued, “Johnson erupted for a game-high 28 points, making his greatest presence felt in the final frame. Twenty-two of Utah’s 28 fourth–quarter points came via an assist or made basket from the 16-year vet, as the Jazz went on to tie the series at two games apiece with a 105-98 victory. At 35, Johnson’s minutes may have waned, but his ability to get buckets in crunch time hasn’t slowed down at all.”

Morgan Scalley say’s McDonald’s is the place to eat in Philly

Coach Jim Harding reached out to Ute Nation on Twitter to find out a good place to eat while in Philadelphia.

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BYU big man Eric Mika earned some national recognition as the “Whistle King” as part of Sports Illustrated’s Effy Awards (awards based on efficiency and other advanced metrics), for the way he got to the free-throw line this past season.

 After talking about Mika’s massive performance in the upset win over Gonzaga that included 9 for 13 from the foul line, Luke Winn wrote, “That type of free-throw production was the norm for Mika, who averaged a nation-high 9.2 points per 40 minutes from the stripe. His physical, low-post game drew constant whistles in West Coast Conference play, and he was not your typical, brick-laying center from the line, making 76.3% of his attempts.”

Utah alums, Poeltl, Wright could play important roles in Raptors-Bucks series

Lucas Richards of Fansided’s Raptors Rapture looked at the play of former University of Utah standouts Jakob Poeltl and Delon Wright in Game 2 of the best-of-seven first round series with the Milwaukee Bucks and how their roles might expand through the rest of the series because of it.

Speaking of Poeltl’s defense, Richards wrote, “Poeltl’s solid defense is what caught me off guard. Throughout the year, he’s had a habit of having incredible positioning and always being in the right spot, but this was his first meaningful minutes in the playoffs. He continually ended up at the right spot at the right time.”

Richards then shifted his attention to what Poeltl proved on the offensive end, saying, “It is a common theme that Poeltl continually finds himself in great position. The most obvious example of that was his cut to the basket where P.J. Tucker threw him a perfect pass for an easy layup. It was his only basket of the game but a good one nonetheless.”

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Pete Fiutak of College Football News looked at what would happen if BYU went 13-0 in 2017.

After looking at the Cougars’ success on the field in 2016 and what it would have meant if they ran the table, Fiutak asks the question, “No, really, what happens if BYU goes 13-0? Or 12-1? Does that mean that BYU could have this whole thing figured out after all?”

Then he answers why it’s a relevant question, saying, “If you’re wondering why the whole idea of BYU being considered for the College Football Playoff might be an offseason theoretical discussion worth figuring out, it’s because this year’s team is probably better than the 2016 version that, again, was eight points away from being perfect.”

Fiutak then looks at the talent BYU has on the field and its tough schedule to start the season, before turning his attention what a great Cougar team could do to the system, saying, “It would be an interesting test for the system if BYU really did come up with a magical year. Would it prove that being in a conference just doesn’t matter? Would it encourage others to think about doing the same? And just how much weight would the committee put on a 12-1 BYU team if that one loss was a close call against a powerhouse like LSU or Wisconsin?”

He then takes a step back from having the Cougars as an undefeated or one-loss team, saying, “Okay, okay, okay, BYU is probably more 11-2 on the high-end than a 13-0 national discussion, but if the team really is able to come up with some of those big early wins …”

Gobert ranked best center

Adam Fromal of Bleacher Report released his end of the season NBA Power Rankings at each position, and Utah Jazz big man Rudy Gobert came in as the top-ranked center.

After talking about Gobert’s ability as a rim protector, Fromal writes, “It’s offense that has propelled Gobert to the leading spot, even if such an idea would have felt nonsensical heading into the season.”

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