Wright is not having as bad a year as you think

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Wright is not having as bad a year as you think

You know whos not having as bad of a year as you think?Dorell Wright.Now, that isnt to say hes having a good year, or even thathes built on his breakout season in 2010-11. He hasnt.But his numbers arent a huge dropoff from a year ago. Yes,his scoring is down, but so are his minutes. Warriors coach Mark Jackson hasntgiven Wright the free rein coach Keith Smart did a year ago, and the team isntplaying nearly as uptempo.Jackson has the luxury of being able to use Brandon Rushandor Dominic McGuire, and hes taken advantage of it. Bottom line is Wrightsminutes have gone from 38 minutes per game last year to a little under 27minutes per game this year.So, its clearly understandable howwhy Wright has gone froma career-best 16.4 points per game last year to 9.9 points per game this year.But other than that, Wrights numbers are in line from last year wheneveryone pretty much agreed he was having a nice season.Wright is shooting 42.2 percent from the field this year,including 36.4 percent from beyond the arc. Those percentages are almost thesame as a year ago.In addition, Wright is rebounding at a better rate than ayear ago.Again, this isnt to say Wright has been terrific, but hisdown year hasnt been as down as you think. Wright came to the Warriors as afree agent signing from Miami billed as mostly a defender.Its probably unfair to say Wright has been a bad defenderin his nearly two years with Golden State, but his defense hasnt stuck out,either. That has put more of an emphasis on his offense, which can be shaky attimes. Especially when hes not being created for.But there also have been plenty of instances this seasonwhen Wright has played just fine for the first two or three quarters, andJackson has gone away from him in the fourth.All things considered, though, Wright is more of thesolution than the problem moving forward. Hes got one more year remaining onhis deal at just 4.1 million in 2012-13.Wright might not be having the greatest year, but hescertainly not a big issue as far as the Warriors are concerned.

Jazz hold off Clippers in Game 5, take 3-2 series lead

Jazz hold off Clippers in Game 5, take 3-2 series lead

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LOS ANGELES -- Gordon Hayward scored 27 points, Utah controlled the paint, and the Jazz beat the Los Angeles Clippers 96-92 on Tuesday night to take a 3-2 lead in their first-round playoff series.

Hayward returned after missing most of Utah's win in Game 4 because of food poisoning that caused him to lose weight and energy.

Chris Paul's 3-pointer drew the Clippers within two with 5 seconds left. After George Hill hit two free throws, Paul struggled getting the ball under control near the sideline and couldn't do anything as time expired.

The Jazz made five 3-pointers in the fourth quarter, including three by Rodney Hood, who finished with 16 points.

Paul led the Clippers with 28 points and J.J. Redick added 26 with injured star Blake Griffin watching from the bench, his right foot encased in a black walking boot.

The Jazz can clinch the series with a victory in Game 6 on Friday night in Salt Lake City.

The Clippers rallied from an 11-point deficit early in the fourth to tie the game. They made 12 of 15 free throws in the final period, but never managed to take the lead.

Paul and Hayward were called for double technical fouls with 40 seconds to go. Paul had already pushed Hayward in the back after they got tied up scrambling for a rebound in front of Utah's bench. Hayward made both shots for a 90-85 lead.

Joe Johnson's step back jumper extended Utah's lead to 92-87.

Neither team shot well, but the Jazz were better at most everything else. They owned a 34-28 edge in the paint, and the team that has done so has won each of the first five games in the best-of-7 series.

Utah outscored the Clippers on second-chance and fast-break baskets.

Utah took the game's first double-digit lead early in the fourth on a 3-pointer by Hood that made it 69-58.

The Clippers clawed back with an 11-0 run featuring five straight free throws by Redick and two consecutive 3-pointers from Paul that tied the game at 69-all.

Suddenly, the quiet crowd was on its feet cheering and Utah called time out.

The Jazz regrouped to take a 77-69 lead. They ran off eight straight, capped by Haywood's 3-pointer after the Clippers' defense shut down Hill inside and forced him to pass out to the perimeter with the shot clock winding down.

TIP-INS:
Jazz: Neither team has won by more than eight points so far in the series.

Clippers: Griffin's injured big right toe needs further evaluation before it's decided whether he'll require surgery. ... G Austin Rivers played 17 minutes in his return from a strained left hamstring. He was 0 of 4 and had two points. ... They fell to 1-11 all-time in Game 5 of a playoff series that was tied 2-2.

 

Blazers GM: Former Warriors big man will not play for Portland next year

Blazers GM: Former Warriors big man will not play for Portland next year

Festus Ezeli will not be back with the Blazers next season, Portland GM Neil Olshey said on Tuesday.

Last summer -- after the Warriors let Ezeli walk in free agency following the addition of Kevin Durant -- he signed a 2-year contract worth just over $15 million.

But Year 2 was essentially a club option with a $1 million buyout.

A knee injury prevented Ezeli from ever suiting up for the Blazers this season.

He underwent cadaver ligament replacement surgery in early March.

The Warriors drafted Ezeli 30th overall in 2012.

Over 46 games (13 starts) with Golden State in 2015-16, he averaged 7.0 points and 5.6 rebounds over 16.7 minutes per contest.