Friday, May 17, 2013

Machado's Rookie Season Ends With Loss To Spurs

Brought up from NBDL shortly before NBA playoffs, Scott Machado reached Western Conference semifinals in rookie season after guiding Iona to NCAA Tournament in 2012.  (Photo courtesy of NBA.com)

Throughout the season, we have attempted to provide as many updates of Scott Machado's progress during his rookie season in the NBA as we possibly could.  Last night, the first campaign of the former MAAC Player of the Year as a member of the professional ranks came to an end after his Golden State Warriors were eliminated from their Western Conference semifinal series against the San Antonio Spurs, falling to the four-time NBA champions in six games, the last of which being a 94-82 Spurs win.

Following a six-game cup of coffee with the Houston Rockets in which he scored eight points while being shuttled to and from the Rio Grande Valley Vipers of the NBDL, Machado made his Warriors debut on the postseason stage, playing four minutes during Golden State's 115-101 victory over the Denver Nuggets in the fourth game of their best-of-seven Western Conference quarterfinal.  The former first-team all-MAAC selection at Iona scored two points and recorded one rebound in that game, the only one in the series in which he competed.  Machado also appeared in each of the Warriors' last two contests against San Antonio, registering an assist in three minutes of action in Game 5, while missing his lone shot from the field.  Two nights later, he logged one minute of playing time in what turned out to be Golden State's season finale, making one of his two attempted free throws to record a final postseason stat line of three points, one assist and one rebound in eight minutes.

Machado was signed by the Warriors for the remainder of the season after his initial 10-day contract expired April 17th, and will most likely become an unrestricted free agent now that Golden State is no longer active in the postseason.

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