Wednesday January 22, 2014Gators in the NBA
Highlighting this week’s performances were Bradley Beal who matched a career-best in assists and Joakim Noah who continues to strengthen his double-double average.
Bradley Beal, Washington Wizards
Checking in as the Wizards second-best scorer, Beal is averaging 17.3 ppg and has posted double-figures in the last eight of nine contests. Beal matched a career-best eight assists to go along with his 22 point effort against the 76ers on Monday night. The Wizards host the Celtics tonight at 7 p.m.
Matt Bonner, San Antonio Spurs
Bonner is currently listed day-to-day with an injury to his nose. He missed action last night against Milwaukee and is probable tonight against the Thunder. Bonner played 15 minutes and connected on one basket from long-range last week in win over the Jazz.
Corey Brewer, Minnesota Timberwolves
Averaging 11.4 ppg, Brewer put up 19 on 7-of-11 shooting from the field in a win against the Jazz last night, 112-97. Brewer also had four rebounds, two assists, two blocks and one steal. The Timberwolves face Golden State Friday at 10:30 p.m.
Nick Calathes, Memphis Grizzles
Calathes has played double-figure minutes in the last three games for the Grizzlies. He had five points in a loss to the Pelicans on Monday night and added seven points on 3-of-4 shooting last Friday as the Grizzlies defeated the Kings 91-90. Minnesota will square off against Houston this Friday at 8 p.m.
Udonis Haslem, Miami Heat
Haslem didn’t see action against the Celtics last night but did play 31 minutes Saturday versus Charlotte and 12 minutes on Monday night in Atlanta. Haslem recorded six points in each contest is now averaging 2.8 ppg and 2.9 rpg. The Heat are set to play the Lakers tomorrow at 8 p.m.
Al Horford, Atlanta Hawks
Although Horford has been out for almost a month now, he remains the Hawks leading scorer, rebounder and block leader. Atlanta is 5-6 since Horford’s season-ending injury and will take on the Magic tonight at 7 p.m.
David Lee, Golden State Warriors
The Warriors have gone 1-3 since last week, dropping games to Denver, Oklahoma City and last night versus Indiana. Lee has posted two double-doubles during that span, recording 22 points and 11 rebounds in the loss to the Nuggets and 20 points and 12 boards last night. Lee has posted double-figure point totals in every game this season and is averaging 19.2 pgg and 9.9 rpg.
Mike Miller, Memphis Grizzlies
The Grizzlies had won five straight before losing to New Orleans on Monday night. Miller scored five points for Minnesota and added one rebound and two assists.
Erik Murphy, Chicago Bulls
Murphy played four minutes on Saturday against Philadelphia for the first time since Dec. 28. Murphy went 0-for-1 from the field and blocked one shot. The Bulls will face Cleveland tonight at 7 p.m.
Joakim Noah, Chicago Bulls
Continuing to average a double-double with 11.8 ppg and 11.2 rpg, Noah leads the way for Chicago on the boards. The Bulls have won three of their last four, as Noah has posted double-figure rebounds in each game. Noah had 17 points and 21 boards on Monday versus the Lakers and had 21 points and 16 rebounds against the 76ers Saturday.
Chandler Parsons, Houston Rockets
Parsons is back to full strength, playing 42 minutes and recording his first double-double since the beginning of the month on Monday versus Portland. Parsons put up 31 points, one shy of his career-best, on a 12-of-19 effort while also pulling down 10 boards. Parsons is averaging 17.1 ppg and 5.7 rpg.
Marreese Speights, Golden State Warriors
Speights connected on 13 points in a loss to the Thunder last Friday, going a perfect 4-for-4 from the field and also tallying a 4-of-6 effort from the charity stripe. In the win over New Orleans on Saturday, Speights added seven points, two rebounds and one block.