It’s been more than a week since we last checked in on our former Zags, and that’s because I forgot to write this up last Friday. Nevertheless, there has been plenty of action to cover in the past ten days.
Domantas Sabonis: Domas returned from a brief injury hiatus with three 30-point games in the Pacers’ first five May games. He had two more triple-doubles in this stretch, including 26 points, 19 rebounds, and a career-high 14 assists against Washington. Sabonis is averaging 27 points, 14.4 rebounds, and 10.6 assists per game over this torrid five game stretch.
Rui Hachimura: Rui missed two games last week with an undisclosed illness, but played well in the Wizards’ two matchups with Domas and the Pacers, including 27 points and 7 rebounds last Monday and 13 points and 6 rebounds on Saturday. Washington won both of those games.
Kelly Olynyk: Olynyk had one of his best games of the year last week against the Sixers, finishing with 27 points, 11 rebounds, 8 assists and 3 blocks. He is averaging 18.8 points, 8.7 rebounds and 3.6 assists per game since his trade to the Rockets, and his 27-point effort was one point shy of his season high.
Brandon Clarke: Clarke posted his third double-double of the season against the Timberwolves last Wednesday, finishing with 12 points and 10 rebounds in the win. He also had 10 points, 6 rebounds, and a pair of blocks against Detroit, his tenth game this season with at least two blocked shots.
Killian Tillie: Tillie hasn’t gotten off the bench this month for the Grizzlies, last playing on April 30. He has played in 16 games for Memphis this season, averaging 2.4 points in 8.1 minutes per game.
As the regular season enters its final week, the Wizards, Pacers, and Grizzlies all find themselves on the fringes of playoff contention. In the Eastern Conference, Washington currently holds down the 9th seed with a record of 32-36. They are a half game ahead of the 31-36 Pacers, so we could see Domas and Rui face off in the first round play-in tournament. In the West, Memphis sits at 34-33, good for the 9th seed and a likely berth in their conference’s play-in games.
Geno Crandall: Crandall was voted the British Basketball League player of the year by the British Basketball Journalists’ Association. He finished the season with 15.6 points, 5.8 rebounds, and 8 assists per game for the first place Leicester Riders. The Riders also swept their opening round series in the BBL playoffs. Crandall did his part, averaging 12 points and 10.5 assists. They will take on Newcastle in the league semis, starting tomorrow.
Kevin Pangos: Pangos and Zenit fell to Barcelona in the EuroLeague quarterfinals, three games to two. Pangos averaged 16.2 points and 7.2 assists in the five games. Zenit starts the Russian VTB League playoffs this week, taking on Parma in the quarterfinals.
Nigel Williams-Goss: Nigel will also be in action in the VTB League playoffs this week, as Lokomotiv Kuban takes on Khimki. Zenit and Lokomotiv are the top two seeds in the league.
Silas Melson: Melson is winding down a solid season in Belgium, as he is the league’s third leading scorer (17.4 ppg) with just one game left on the schedule. He helped pad that number with a 27-point performance in a win yesterday.
Kyle Wiltjer: Wiltjer and Turk Telekom open the Turkish Super League playoffs this week as the sixth seed. They take on Pinar Karsiyaka in the quarterfinals.
*All stats as of the end of play on May 9*