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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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Pete Prisco of CBS Sports ranked every NFL head coach, and former BYU Cougar Andy Reid came in at No. 3 on the list.

Speaking of Reid’s career in the NFL, Prisco wrote, “He has had three losing seasons in 18 as a head coach, one of those in his first with the Eagles in 1999. He has had 11 seasons of 10 or more victories, including the past two seasons with the Chiefs.”

After talking about Reid’s struggles in the playoffs, Prisco continued, “I know he doesn’t have a ring, but he has done some amazing things, which is why he’s in this third spot, above some guys who have won rings.”

Marcus Williams a great backup plan; Bolles to the Seahawks

Chris Burke of Sports Illustrated released his latest mock draft with a backup plan for each team if they miss out on the guy they really need in the first round.

Burke had Utah safety Marcus Williams as the backup plan for the Chargers if they don’t land Malik Hooker of Ohio State at the No. 7 overall pick.

Of Williams, Burke wrote, “A Day 2 steal waiting to happen, Williams is cut from the same free safety mold as Hooker — both players can track the ball like they have built-in radar.”

Garett Bolles also made the mock draft, but not as a backup plan, as Burke had him going to the Seattle Seahawks with the No. 26 pick, saying, “Bolles needs to play with more power, but he’s still a ready-made NFL starter. The Seahawks could run behind him all day.”

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The Portsmouth Invitational Tournament is a big spot for under-the-radar seniors to have a chance to show off what they can do in hopes of getting a NBA Draft Combine invitation, or just to make a name for themselves in the eyes of NBA and international scouts.

While no one from the BYU or Utah took part in this year’s version of the tournament, a pair of local college stars in Weber State’s Jeremy Senglin and Utah State’s Jalen Moore had a chance to show of their skills as two of just 64 players invited to participate.

And show off is exactly what Senglin did as he suited up for the K&D Rounds Landscaping. Playing next Wisconsin guard Bronson Koenig and Arizona’s Kadeem Allen, Senglin finished second on the team and ninth in the tournament in scoring as he averaged 16.7 points a night over three games. He added 4.0 rebounds, 2.7 assists and 1.3 steals in 28 minutes.

His remarkable outside stroke was also on display as Weber State’s all-time leading scorer connected on 47.8 percent of his shots from beyond the arc and was just one of four players to hit at least 10 threes.

His best performance came in a 96-83 win over Mike Duman Auto Sales when he finished second on the team with 16 points on 50 percent shooting from the floor, including 4 for 7 from distance. He also showing off his all-around game in the 13-point win as he collected four rebounds, handed out a team-best four assists and recorded a game-high three steals in 27 minutes off the bench.

Moore’s game was a little more understated, but he still had a solid week playing for Roger Brown’s Restaurant who won their first two games before falling to Portsmouth Partnership in the championship, 108-86.  Moore averaged 7.0 points on 40 percent shooting from the floor, including 30 percent from 3-point range and 100 percent from the foul line. He also chipped in with 3.3 rebounds and 1.7 assists in 25 minutes a night.

Now it’s a waiting game for Senglin and Moore who will look for a combine invitation as well as workout opportunities with NBA teams before the upcoming draft.