Even though he only averaged sixteen minutes a year third year C Jakob Poeltl played over thirty minutes last night as the Spurs took a 2-1 lead over Denver. Poeltl scored 10 points and grabbed 7 rebounds. He was setting a ton of screens and it is worth mentioning he shot 64.5 % from the field this season. Moving along slowly but it was encouraging to see him start and contribute. He left Utah too early in my estimation but I think he is finding his groove. A nice athlete for his size Poeltl is a team player who will do whatever they ask of him. There was a point this season where it looked like Pat Connaughton was on the outs and Jake Layman was ascending. Now Layman is laboring to get minutes and Connaughton is showing some spark. Unless you are in a solid rotation players like Connaughton and Layman too often receive disjointed minutes off the bench and it is very hard to find a consistent groove when being yanked around like that. Luke Kennard has had to deal with it too but it seems he is starting to get more comfortable. Article in Sports Illustrated on the Celtics and they chart Gordon Hayward's shooting % which was pretty bad early on but has grown in leaps and bounds as the season has progressed. His stats might not reflect it but he is an essential piece of the Celtic's puzzle these playoffs. And JJ Redick has found new life with the 76er's arguably playing his best ball late in his career. He went 5-9 from deep last night in a win.