Wednesday January 1, 2014Gators in the NBA
Former Gator Al Horford suffered a huge blow to the New Year as he learned he will miss the rest of the 2013-14 season with a torn right pectoral muscle. This is the second time the center has endured this injury, as he tore his left pectoral two years ago.
Bradley Beal, Washington Wizards
The Wizards are 2-1 since Christmas day, collecting back-to-back victories over the Detroit Pistons. Beal scored double-figures in all three games and is the Wizards second-leading scorer averaging 18.7 ppg. Washington will take on Dallas tonight at home at 6 p.m. †
Matt Bonner, San Antonio Spurs
The Spurs have won three straight since Christmas day, improving to 25-7. Bonner played 12 minutes against Brooklyn yesterday and recorded three rebounds and one assist. The Spurs are set to play the Knicks tomorrow at 8:30 p.m.
Corey Brewer, Minnesota Timberwolves
Brewer posted double-digit points in the last three contests for the Timberwolves and is now averaging 12.1 ppg. On Monday, Brewer put up 16 points on 7-of-12 shooting from the floor in a close loss to the Mavericks, 100-98. The Timberwolves play the New Orleans Pelicans tonight at 8 p.m.
Nick Calathes, Memphis Grizzles
Calathes has only seen action in one of the last three games for the Grizzlies and is averaging 2.7 ppg and 2.5 apg. He played three minutes in a win over Denver on Saturday and recorded one assist. The Grizzlies will face Phoenix tomorrow night at 9 p.m.
Udonis Haslem, Miami Heat
Haslemís minutes have increased the last week, playing 20 minutes in the win over Portland on Saturday. He recorded four points and three rebounds and is now averaging 2.5 ppg and 2.1 rpg. Haslem and the Heat take on former Gators David Lee and Marreese Speights in Miami tomorrow at 7:30 p.m.
Al Horford, Atlanta Hawks
Horford is out for the season after suffering a torn pectoral muscle in the double-overtime win over the Cavaliers on Dec. 26. Horford left the game in the first OT with what was believed to be a bruised shoulder, but later turned out to much worse news for Horford and the Hawks. Horford was leading three major statistical categories for Atlanta and was on pace for one of the best seasons of his career. Horford will have surgery on Tuesday. The Hawks face Golden State on Friday at 7:30 p.m.
David Lee, Golden State Warriors
Lee is averaging 18.4 ppg and 9.7 rpg for the Warriors, recording double-digit scores in every contest this season. Lee had 22 points on 11-of-15 shooting last night against the Magic while also pulling down nine boards and recording two assists.
Mike Miller, Memphis Grizzlies
Miller put up 11 points for the Grizzlies on Saturday in a victory over the Nuggets, going 4-of-6 from the floor and 3-of-5 from the charity stripe. He is now averaging 7.1 ppg and 3.2 rpg.
Erik Murphy, Chicago Bulls
Murphy scored a bucket for the Bulls on Saturday against the Mavericks but has not competed in the last two contests. Chicago will face Boston tomorrow night at 8 p.m.
Joakim Noah, Chicago Bulls
Noah was listed as day-to-day with a hip issue last week, but has not missed any playing time. Noah recorded his 10th double-double of the season on Saturday in a loss to Dallas with 20 points and 10 boards.
Chandler Parsons, Houston Rockets
The Rockets have dropped two-straight but Parsons has scored in double-figures for Houston for 13-consecutive games now. In their victory over the Pelicans on Saturday, Parsons had 19 points, seven rebounds and four assists. He is third on the team in scoring, averaging 17.2 ppg.
Marreese Speights, Golden State Warriors
Speights played 20 minutes and connected for 10 points, six rebounds and two steals in a win over the Magic last night. Speights is now averaging 5.5 ppg and 3.5 rpg.