I mean was there even a sighting for any of the following players? Do they still play in the NBA because they didn’t show up in the playoffs at all. Jennings put pressure on himself by predicting a Milwaukee upset of the mighty Heat in six games. Instead, he helped fulfill everyone else’s prediction, a quick sweep by the Heat. His shooting was less than 30 percent in the series and averaging nearly as many turnovers (2.8) as assists (4.0). That’s what happens when you take as many shots as Kobe but you’re not at the same skill level as Kobe.
Now Jeremy Lin may have been invisible due to the arrival of James Harden. It was a bummer when Lin missed the Knicks’ 2012 playoffs with a knee injury. So the inspirational point guard’s first appearance in the playoffs came this year with the Rockets. Lin was sidelined by a chest contusion, and ended up averaging 4.0 points on 25 percent shooting with eight assists, eight turnovers and nine fouls in four forgettable games.
Smith worked hard trying to rehabilitate his image this year by being a consistent scorer and good citizen. Sadly the NBA’s Sixth Man of the Year has returned to his old foolish ways in the postseason. His violent elbow to Jason Terry’s head earned Smith a one-game suspension in the first round. Not to mention he’s missed 44 of his last 59 shots.
Dwight Howard was disappointing all year but this article is actually about the playoffs so I’m referring to just the playoffs in this article. Howard had to dominate Tim Duncan. He defiantly did not. LA’s overrated center put up pathetic numbers for the so-called “best” big man in the NBA. The Lakers lost every game by double digits. It was an appropriate conclusion for Howard, who was ejected from the final game.
Even before he sprained an ankle before Game 5, Griffin was getting schooled by Zach Randolph, a power forward with a fraction of Griffin’s athleticism but twice his skill and savvy. But is Chris Paul willing to wait on Griffin and DeAndre Jordan, the Clippers’ even more immature center who was a complete nonfactor against the Grizzlies? The franchise’s future depends on it.