Wednesday December 11, 2013Gators in the NBA
While a few former Gators are battling injury, the others continue to perform for their respective teams as they have been in action for nearly two months now. †
Bradley Beal, Washington Wizards
Beal has been labeled as ďoutĒ as he continues to recover from a stress injury in his right leg. He has missed the last seven games for the Wizards but remains the teamís leading scorer, averaging 20.6 ppg prior to injury. The Wizards have dropped the last two as they take on Atlanta Friday at 7:30 p.m. ††
Matt Bonner, San Antonio Spurs
Bonner has competed in the last two contests for the Spurs, playing 20 minutes with eight points and two assists against the Pacers on Dec. 7. He is averaging 3.3 ppg and 1.5 rpg. Earning a victory against Toronto last night, the Spurs (16-4) travel to Milwaukee tonight to face the Bucks at 8 p.m. †
Corey Brewer, Minnesota Timberwolves
Brewer has put up double-digit point totals in the last five contests for the Timberwolves, including 13 points and 5-of-6 shooting from the free throw line in a loss to the Heat last Saturday. He remains Minnesotaís fourth-leading scorer with 13.9 ppg. The Timberwolves host the 76ers tonight at 8 p.m.
Nick Calathes, Memphis Grizzles
In 20 minutes of action Monday night, Calathes recorded an NBA career-high of six points and eight assists as the Grizzlies defeated the Magic 94-85. Calathes is averaging 2.6 ppg and 2.7 apg. The Grizzlies meet Oklahoma City tonight at 8 p.m. †
Udonis Haslem, Miami Heat
Haslem made his return from his back injury on Dec. 5, playing 26 minutes in a loss to the Bulls but has played limited minutes since. Haslem has competed for less than 10 minutes in two of the last three games, and didnít compete at all against the Pacers last night. He is still averaging 2.9 ppg and 2.2 rpg. The Heat will play the Cavaliers Saturday at 7:30 p.m.
Al Horford, Atlanta Hawks
Horford continues to dominate the statistical categories for the Hawks, leading the way in points (17.0 ppg), rebounds (8.1 rpg) and blocks (1.6 bpg). Horford has scored double-digit points in every game this season except for one, the loss to the Thunder on Dec. 10 where he had seven points and 10 rebounds.
David Lee, Golden State Warriors
Lee has started in all 22 contests for the Warriors and is the teamís third-leading scorer with 16.9 ppg while also averaging 9.3 rpg. Lee recorded his ninth and 10th double-doubles of the season this past week, with 23 points and 11 rebounds versus the Grizzlies and 14 points and 16 rebounds Monday night against Charlotte. †
Mike Miller, Memphis Grizzlies
In a loss to Golden State on Saturday, Miller put up a season-high 16 points, going 7-of-9 from the field with five rebounds. Miller is averaging 6.8 ppg, 3.6 rpg and 1.6 apg as he has proven to be a contributor off the bench for the Grizzlies.
Erik Murphy, Chicago Bulls
Murphy has now competed in nine contests for the Bulls, playing a season-long 10 minutes with two points and one rebound last night against the Bucks. The Bulls beat the Heat on Dec. 5 but have lost two-straight since then. They will face the struggling New York Knicks tonight at 8 p.m.
Joakim Noah, Chicago Bulls
Noah is currently listed as day-to-day (thigh) and did not play in last nightís contest versus the Bucks, but will travel to New York tonight. Noah collected two double-doubles last week, his fourth and fifth of the year, with 19 points and 10 boards against New Orleans and 17 points and 15 rebounds in a victory over the Heat on Dec. 5.
Chandler Parsons, Houston Rockets
Parsons has been undergoing acupuncture treatment to treat the soreness in his back, but is still currently listed as day-to-day. Parsons missed two games last week due to his back, but had 18 points on 7-of-12 shooting in 39 minutes of action in Sundayís win over the Magic. The Rockets (15-7) return to the hardwood to battle the Portland Trailblazers (18-4) tomorrow night.
Marreese Speights, Golden State Warriors
Speights played a season-long 21 minutes in a loss to the Rockets on Dec. 6 and had nine points and seven rebounds. He has competed in all 22 contests for the Warriors and is averaging 4.0 ppg and 3.4 rpg. The Warriors (12-10) play the Dallas Mavericks (13-9) tonight at 10:30 p.m.