The NBA playoffs have been an exciting affair through the first round and the beginning of the second round and with the Golden State Warriors and San Antonio Spurs series heating up in Game 5, the biggest beneficiary could end up being Jarrett Jack.
Jack has been excellent for the Warriors throughout the playoffs and since he is a free agent after the season ends, the postseason has been like an audition for him. Jack had a solid year of 12.9 points, 5.6 assists and 30 minutes in nearly all 82 games for the Warriors and he has increased his scoring in the playoffs, getting closer to 20 per game and he has also been clutch against the Spurs, as the series is now tied 2-2. Jack had 20 points in four straight games against the Nuggets in the first round and was kept down against the Spurs before dropping 24 on Sunday.
Jack has been a team player while with the Warriors and he has shown that he can play well with Stephen Curry and Klay Thompson while proving that he can be a reliable scorer. Teams like the Los Angeles Lakers, Houston Rockets, Dallas Mavericks and the Oklahoma City Thunder may be able to add Jack for a solid contract price during the offseason and based on his play he might even be able to get a significant raise on the $5 million he made this year.
He has been a great reserve and he had 24 points, seven rebounds and four assists along with a steal on Sunday to help defeat the Spurs and put the team back even in the series. Harrison Barnes led the way for the team with 26 points and 10 rebounds, while Andrew Bogut had 18 rebounds in the game to give the California crowd something to cheer about.
Tony Parker scored 17 points, while Tim Duncan had 19 points and 15 rebounds but once the game hit overtime there was nothing they could do. The Warriors pulled away and that was that before the five minutes were up and the Warriors were back on top. The Spurs were able to pull out the first Game despite falling behind by 16 points and after going to double overtime they were able to win, but on Sunday it was a different story. Now the series is a best of three and as the series shifts back to San Antonio, the Spurs know they have a tough team to face in the Warriors.