Wednesday January 8, 2014Gators in the NBA
With 2014 underway, Chicago Bulls’ center Joakim Noah is averaging a double-double and David Lee and Marreese Speights’ Golden State Warriors are one of the hottest teams in the NBA right now.
Bradley Beal, Washington Wizards
The Wizards are 1-3 to start the New Year, as Beal has scored double-figures in three of the four games. Beal is the team’s second-leading scorer, averaging 17.7 ppg. He dropped a team-leading 21 last night, going 10-of-18 from the field as the Wizards defeated the Charlotte Bobcats, 97-83. The Wizards will play New Orleans tonight at 8 p.m.
Matt Bonner, San Antonio Spurs
Bonner did not see action last night in an overtime win against Memphis, but played in the prior two games to kick off January. Bonner recorded a season-high nine points and two rebounds on Jan. 2 in a loss to the Knicks and had a bucket and a rebound versus the Clippers on Jan. 4. The Spurs (27-8) will take on the Mavericks (20-15) tonight at 7 p.m.
Corey Brewer, Minnesota Timberwolves
Brewer posted 15 points in back-to-back games for the Timberwolves, defeating Philadelphia on Monday night and dropping one to the Thunder on Jan. 4. He is averaging 12.1 ppg, which ranks fourth on the team, 2.6 rpg and 1.6 apg. Minnesota plays Phoenix tonight at 9:30 p.m.
Nick Calathes, Memphis Grizzles
Calathes has seen action in three of the four seasons to begin 2014. He is averaging 2.5 ppg, 1.0 rpg and 2.5 apg. The Grizzlies are set to play the Suns on Friday at 8 p.m.
Udonis Haslem, Miami Heat
Haslem missed two of the last four contests for the Heat but played small minutes last night. He recorded six points and four rebounds in a win over Toronto on Jan. 5. After defeating the Pelicans last night, 107-88, the Heat travel to New York to play the Knicks tomorrow at 8 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. The Hawks face Indiana tonight at 7:30 p.m.
David Lee, Golden State Warriors
The Warriors are on a seven game road win streak, including a 10-game win streak overall and are considered one of the NBA’s hottest teams right now. Lee is the team’s third-leading scorer, averaging 19.1 ppg. Lee matched a season-best 32 points in a victory over the Heat on Jan. 2. Lee has put up 22, 21 and 23 points in the last three contests, including a 10-of-12 effort from the floor last night.
Mike Miller, Memphis Grizzlies
Miller scored six points in 18 minutes of action in a win against Detroit on Jan. 5. He is averaging 6.9 ppg, 3.2 rpg and 1.8 apg.
Erik Murphy, Chicago Bulls
Murphy hasn’t seen any action for the Bulls since Dec. 28. Chicago will play in Milwaukee on Friday at 8:30 p.m.
Joakim Noah, Chicago Bulls
Noah has recorded double-figure rebounds in six-consecutive contests for the Bulls and is averaging a double-double with 11.0 ppg and 10.3 rpg. He put up 14 points and grabbed 16 boards last night in a win over Phoenix. Noah is leading the team in rebounding.
Chandler Parsons, Houston Rockets
Parsons was listed as day-to-day with a knee issue this morning as the Rockets are scheduled to play the Lakers tonight at 8 p.m. The Rockets have only played one game since the holiday season, as Parsons put up a double-double with 17 points and 11 rebounds in a win over the Knicks on Jan. 3. Parsons is averaging 17.2 ppg and 5.4 rpg.
Marreese Speights, Golden State Warriors
Speights has been a contributor to the Warriors’ recent success as he is averaging 14 minutes of playing time and 5 ppg in the month of January. Speights had five points, three rebounds and one block last night against Milwaukee. Golden State will take on the Nets tonight at 7:30 p.m.