LOCALS IN THE NBA
Former Ute Jakob Poeltl Collects Double-Double In Start With Spurs
SALT LAKE CITY, Utah – Former Ute Jakob Poeltl started three games for the Spurs and recorded a double-double in one of those starts.
Delon Wright tied his career-high off the bench for the Grizzlies.
Kyle Kuzma had a decent week before suffering an ankle injury.
Damian Lillard has continues to fill up the stat sheet as the Blazers finished a six game road trip with a 5-1 record.
Frank Jackson made his first NBA appearance in Salt Lake City against the Jazz.
Here’s how the locals did during Week 20 of the NBA season from Wednesday, February 27 to Tuesday, March 5:
Kyle Kuzma – Los Angeles Lakers (30-34)
The Lakers are struggling, have lost three straight games and looks like they won’t be reaching the postseason.
Kyle Kuzma had 22 points, 5 rebounds, 2 assists and 1 block in their win over New Orleans.
He recorded 12 points, 6 rebounds and 3 assists in the Lakers’ loss to the Bucks.
The former Ute finished with 13 points, 6 rebounds and 3 assists in their disappointing loss to the Suns.
He injured his ankle against the Clippers and is considered day-to-day, Kuzma had 13 points and 6 rebounds before his injury.
This season, Kuzma is averaging 18.8 points and 5.6 rebounds per game.
Headband Kuz is back. #LakeShow pic.twitter.com/jh2QTVwBsr
— Los Angeles Lakers (@Lakers) March 5, 2019
NEXT UP: The Lakers have three games during Week 21. They will begin the week against the Denver Nuggets and Boston Celtics at home before traveling to Chicago.
Jakob Poeltl – San Antonio Spurs (36-29)
The Spurs have won three straight games. Jakob Poeltl started all three games for the Spurs.
Poeltl had a great game against Detroit with 11 points, 14 rebounds and 3 blocks in 34 minutes.
The former Ute had 5 points, 7 rebounds and 3 blocks in 26 minutes of play in their win over the Thunder.
Poeltl finished with 6 points and 3 rebounds in 18 minutes. He suffered a hamstring injury and is considered day-to-day.
This season, Poeltl is averaging 5.3 points and 5 rebounds this season.
Lay it up, lay it in pic.twitter.com/FhaljZRfDD
— San Antonio Spurs (@spurs) March 5, 2019
NEXT UP: The Spurs will play three games during Week 21. They will face Atlanta on the road, Milwaukee at home and on the road against Dallas.
Delon Wright – Memphis Grizzlies (26-40)
Memphis has won three of their last five games.
Delon Wright started the week with nine points, four rebounds, two assists and one steal in the Grizzlies’ loss to the Bulls.
He recorded 4 points, 6 rebounds, 2 assists and 1 block in 25 minutes of play in their win over the Thunder.
In their loss to the Thunder, Wright had 17 points to go with his 8 rebounds, 6 assists and 2 steals. Wright replaced Mike Conley in the starting lineup and played 36 minutes.
Wright finished the week tying his career-high with 25 points, along with 3 rebounds, 1 assist, 2 steals and 1 block in 26 minutes off the bench. The Grizzlies knocked off the Portland Trail Blazers.
The former Ute is averaging 7.5 points, 2.9 rebounds and 2.4 assists per game.
.@delonwright tied his career high with 25 points tonight, the highest scoring total off the @memgrizz bench this season.
— Grizzlies PR (@GrizzliesPR) March 6, 2019
NEXT UP: Memphis has just two games during Week 21 with both games at home against Utah and Orlando.
Damian Lillard – Portland Trail Blazers (39-25)
The Trail Blazers went 2-2 during Week 20.
Damian Lillard had 33 points, 7 rebounds and 4 assists on 13-of-28 shooting from the field in the Blazers’ win over Boston.
He recorded 24 points, 8 rebounds and 6 assists in their 2-point road loss to Toronto.
Lillard posted 23 points, 3 rebounds, 2 assists and 2 steals in their win over the Hornets.
He finished the week with 24 points, 2 rebounds and 8 assists in the Blazers’ loss to the Grizzlies.
The former Wildcat is averaging 25.9 points, 6.4 assists and 4.6 rebounds per game this season.
Not much can stop Dame. pic.twitter.com/TBNfrFTpgn
— Trail Blazers (@trailblazers) March 6, 2019
NEXT UP: Portland will play three games during Week 21. They will face Oklahoma City and Phoenix at home before traveling to the Clippers.
Former High School Standouts
Frank Jackson – New Orleans Pelicans (30-36)
The former Lone Peak star, Frank Jackson posted 15 points, 4 rebounds and 2 assists in 29 minutes as the Pelicans lost to the Lakers.
In their win over the Suns, Jackson recorded 9 points and 5 rebounds in 25 minutes of play.
He scored 16 points to go with his 7 rebounds and 2 assists in their win over the Nuggets.
Jackson played his first ever game at Vivint Smart Home Arena and posted 4 points, 2 rebounds and 2 steals in their win over the Jazz.
The former Duke Blue Devil is averaging 6.5 points and 2 rebounds per game this season.
Frank Jackson has shot 5-for-7 from deep in his last two games 🔥#doitBIG pic.twitter.com/d1y1sKmomM
— New Orleans Pelicans (@PelicansNBA) March 3, 2019
NEXT UP: The Pelicans will play four games during Week 21, beginning at home against the Jazz. They will host the Raptors before traveling to Atlanta and ending their week at home against Milwaukee.