Sheridan Hoops Sixth Man Rankings: Week 21

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Doc_RiversIf it ain’t broke, don’t fix it.

As cliché as that may be, it’s something that NBA coaches tend to live by in terms of player rotations. However, sometimes things break, and it’s the coach’s job to fix the mess.

The Utah Jazz and Boston Celtics both have had to deal with adversity of late and have had to make the tough choice to put their most productive sparks off the bench – Gordon Hayward and Jeff Green, respectively – into the starting lineup.

While this isn’t necessarily what they would have preferred at this juncture of the season, it’s what they have to deal with. So far, both players are making the best of the situation, both individually and as a team.

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Sheridan Hoops Sixth Man Rankings: Week 20

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OKC_Martin_KevinA month of the regular season remains. There is still plenty of basketball to be played and still plenty of chances for teams around the league to solidify their playoff positions.

On the other hand, there is a handful of teams whose executives may be forced to look at the draft lottery and beyond, even with about 15 games remaining for most teams.

The key players off the bench around the NBA are all over the league. They play for teams competing for the Larry O’Brien Trophy and teams competing for the right to draft Ben McLemore or Nerlens Noel.

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Sheridan Hoops Sixth Man Rankings: Week 19

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Jeff GreenIt’s amazing what an injury to a single player, especially a star player, can do to the entirety of a 15-man roster. Recent injuries to the likes of Lakers superstar Kobe Bryant, Celtics point guard Rajon Rondo and Knicks forwards Carmelo Anthony and Amar’e Stoudemire have raised serious questions about how these teams cope without indespensable players.

Some of the NBA’s best sixth men are trying to take full advantage of these very situations.

What can be especially amazing about a star-driven league like the NBA is how many routes and attitudes a team can take when dealing with adversity. Teams either struggle to find their identity without their fallen teammate, similar to the situation J.R. Smith and the Knicks have experienced. Others, such as Jeff Green and the Celtics, see an injury to a big-time player as a chance for them to step up and contribute more.

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Fantasy Spin: Heat, Thunder & Lakers Big Winners on Sunday

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Consecutive win number 18 was anything but a typical game for LeBron James (13 PTS, 7 AST, 6 REB) but the Heat went to Rio. That’s what they call Mario Chalmers, who scored 26 points on fantastic shooting (5-of-6 from deep, 7-for-9 overall and 7-for-7 on free throws) while adding seven rebounds.

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Sheridan Hoops Sixth Man Rankings: Week 18

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jarrett jackFinally, a chance for some our candidates for the Sixth Man Award to get time in the national spotlight.

With TNT airing two extra games Tuesday, the week was filled with national TV showcases. While some candidates were able to step up, others didn’t look quite as prepared.

While it’s likely that the televising network didn’t have much to do with their success, or lack thereof, the difference in production for a couple players seemed to change when the likes of Mike Breen or Marv Albert entered the arena.

That seems to be what happened.

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