Jimmer played 8 minutes against the Boston Celtics – all as the backup PG.
There was a chance he would get extended run with both Marcus Thornton and Rudy Gay injured, especially with the small backcourt the Celtics usually play in Rondo and Bradley. Unfortunately both Rondo and Bradley did not play. This led to the Celtics starting Gerald Wallace at SG and the Kings countering with Travis Outlaw.
Below are the video highlights of Jimmer’s offensive and defensive plays:
Great take here by Jimmer. Bayless does a good job of fighting through the screen and when the help comes Jimmer can either kick to McLemore or take it to the hoop. The help doesn’t show enough to stop Jimmer’s penetration and he attacks the basket (and maybe gets away with a travel) but the lefy layin doesn’t drop.
Jimmer’s only assist of the night wasn’t necessarily an impressive pass but what I have been happy with is his willingness to play within the offense. I hope the coaching staff appreciates that he is willing to wait for plays to develop and will make the simple passes to open players. Not as common as one would think, especially on this Kings team.
Jimmer’s only basket of the night came in a pick and roll situation where he has excelled this season. No hesitation coming off the pick and makes the right decision to pull up. Jimmer is shooting 50.0% (30/60) on mid-range shots this season (shots outside the key but inside the 3 point line).
Good idea here by Jimmer but he can’t complete the pass to Landry. This was not scored as a turnover by the official scorer even though the shot clock was reset.
Bayless gets his hand on the ball here and strips it from Jimmer. This is a good example of where he needs to be stronger with the ball as he has had similar turnovers throughtout the season.
Synergy Sports had Jimmer with 4 offensive posessions (counting the play that officially wasn’t a turnover and not counting the assist – assists aren’t calculated as possessions for the passer). He only scored 2 points and averaged 0.5 PPP which is obviously not a good showing for him.
It seems like the Kings philosophy in defending the pick and roll is for the guard to fight over the top of the screen and the big to show and recover. It has been more consistent lately which has been nice to see because for much of the season the team defense changed from play to play. Here Jimmer thinks Olynk is screening on his right and gets caught trailing Bayless a little too much. Acy shows but due to Jimmer getting caught off guard on where the screen was coming from Bayless gets a good look and knocks it down.
The fake cut down the lane by Bayless gets Jimmer out of position which leads to a fairly open look. Landry does a good job to show and contest, realizing that Jimmer is late getting through the Sullinger screen.
Here we see Jimmer’s turnover again as well as his poorest defensive effort on the night. After the turnover Jimmer gets back on D but sags way too far into the key. Jimmer loses sight of Bayless out at the three point line and even if he wouldn’t have been screened by Olynk he would not have been in position to adequately contest the shot.
Jimmer gave up 5 points on 3 posessions or 1.67 PPP.