Wednesday December 18, 2013Gators in the NBA
Bradley Beal and Al Horford had memorable career moments this week as they both connected on last second shots to seal victories for their NBA teams. Horford’s happened to be against Beal and the Wizards, but Beal got his chance a few days later.
Bradley Beal, Washington Wizards
Beal’s return to the Wizards lineup on Monday night proved to be epic as he drove to lane with six seconds remaining and lifted the Wizards past the Knicks, 102-101. Beal finished with 21 points and seven rebounds and is the Wizards leading scorer, averaging 20.6 ppg. Still battling a stress injury to his leg, Beal has been labeled as “out” for tonight’s contest versus the Nets.
Matt Bonner, San Antonio Spurs
Bonner has participated in the last six games for the Spurs, and is now averaging 3.5 ppg and 1.4 rpg on the season. Bonner had six points and two rebounds in a win over the Jazz this past weekend. The Spurs (19-5) travel to Phoenix (14-9) tonight to face the Suns at 9 p.m.
Corey Brewer, Minnesota Timberwolves
Brewer checks in as the Timberwolves’ fourth leading scorer, averaging 12.9 ppg and 2.9 rpg. Brewer pulled down a season-high 12 boards en route to defeating the Grizzlies 101-93 on Dec. 15. Minnesota hosts Portland (22-9) tonight at 8 p.m.
Nick Calathes, Memphis Grizzles
Calathes recorded a career-high 10 points in 20 minutes of action in last night’s loss to the Lakers. Calathes is averaging 2.9 ppg, 2.5 apg and 1.2 apg. The Grizzlies are set to play the Mavericks tonight at 8:30 p.m.
Udonis Haslem, Miami Heat
As Haslem is still recovering from a back injury, he has played limited minutes for the Heat. He has only played in one of the last two games, checking in against the Jazz for just two minutes. He is averaging 289 ppg and 2.0 rpg. The Heat (18-6) will play the Pacers (20-4) tonight at 7 p.m.
Al Horford, Atlanta Hawks
Horford had a career night for himself last Friday, hitting his first game winning shot of his career and matching a career-best point total with 34. Horford connected on a soft jumper from an inbounds pass with just 1.8 seconds left to beat Beal and the Wizards 101-99 in overtime. Horford continues to dominate the statistical categories for the Hawks, leading the way in points (17.8 ppg), rebounds (8.4 rpg) and blocks (1.5 bpg). Atlanta plays Sacramento tonight at 7:30 p.m.
David Lee, Golden State Warriors
Lee has started in all 26 contests for the Warriors and is the team’s third-leading scorer with 17.2 ppg while also averaging 9.8 rpg. Impressively, Lee has collected six-straight double-doubles including 21 points on 10-of-15 shooting with 17 rebounds last night in a win over New Orleans.
Mike Miller, Memphis Grizzlies
Currently listed as “day-to-day,” Miller supposedly suffered a severe ankle sprain in last night’s game versus the Lakers. Before injury, Miller had nine points in 30 minutes of play with two rebounds and five assists. Miller is averaging 7.0 ppg and 3.4 rpg. The Grizzlies are currently on a four game losing streak.
Erik Murphy, Chicago Bulls
Murphy has now competed in 11 contests for the Bulls, but has not recorded any points since last week. The Bulls have lost five of their last six, as they now travel to Houston to play Parsons and a tough Rockets (16-9) team.
Joakim Noah, Chicago Bulls
Noah remains listed as day-to-day (thigh) but has played 30+ minutes in the last four contests for the Bulls. Noah collected three double-doubles last week, including 21 points on 10-of-15 shooting and 18 rebounds in a victory over Milwaukee last Friday. Noah is averaging 10.3 ppg and is leading the team in rebounding with 9.4 rpg.
Chandler Parsons, Houston Rockets
Still listed as day-to-day with some back issues, Parsons is expected to play tonight against Chicago after not missing much action over the last week. Parsons has recorded double-digit points in the last four games, checking in as the Rockets’ third-leading scorer with 17.0 ppg. Parsons had 23 points, three steals and three assists in the Rocket’s last win against the Warriors on Dec. 13.
Marreese Speights, Golden State Warriors
Speights put up a season-high 16 points in 16 minutes of playing time in a loss to the Rockets last Friday. Speights also had double-digits (12 points) in last night’s victory over the Pelicans and is now averaging 4.7 ppg and 3.5 rpg. The Warriors match-up with the Spurs tomorrow night at 10:30 p.m.