Wednesday January 29, 2014Gators in the NBA
This week was marked by stellar performances from a few former Gators. Chandler Parsons set an NBA record for most three-pointers in a half, Bradley Beal caught fire to propel his team to victory, Nick Calathes scored a career-high in points and Joakim Noah continues to average a double-double.
Bradley Beal, Washington Wizards
Beal came through in a big way for the Wizards last Friday, scoring seven of their final eight points to fuel Washington to a 101-95 win over Phoenix. Beal finished with 17 points and six rebounds. Checking in as the Wizards second-leading scorer, Beal dropped 20 points and pulled down seven boards with four assists in the win over Golden State last night. He is averaging 17.0 pgg, 3.9 rpg and 3.2 apg. The Wizards will battle the Clippers tonight at 10:30 p.m.
Matt Bonner, San Antonio Spurs
The Spurs have dropped three of their last four as Bonner has averaged 12 minutes of playing time in these games. Bonner had four points and three rebounds in a loss to the Rockets last night and is currently averaging 3.3 ppg and 1.7 rpg. The Spurs take on the Bulls tonight at 9:30 p.m.
Corey Brewer, Minnesota Timberwolves
Averaging 11.5 ppg, Brewer posted back-to-back 11 point games on 5-of-8 shooting from the floor. Last Friday, the Timberwolves took down Golden State as Brewer added 15 points on a 6-of-11 effort with four assists. Minnesota will face New Orleans tonight at home at 8 p.m.
Nick Calathes, Memphis Grizzles
The Grizzlies have won three-straight, including back-to-back victories over the Houston Rockets on Friday and Saturday. Calathes played 20 minutes in Saturdayís victory, scoring a career-high 11 points on 5-of-10 shooting with two rebounds, one assist and three steals. Memphis will play Sacramento tonight at 10 p.m.
Udonis Haslem, Miami Heat
Haslem hasnít seen action since Miamiís last loss against Atlanta on Jan. 20. He is averaging 2.8 ppg and 2.9 rpg. The Heat (32-12) will battle the Thunder (36-10) in an East vs. West showdown tonight at 7 p.m.
Al Horford, Atlanta Hawks
Although Horford has been out for a month now, he remains the Hawks leading scorer, rebounder and block leader. Atlanta is 7-8 since Horfordís season-ending injury. The Hawks were supposed to play the Pistons tonight at 7:30 p.m. but the game has been postponed due to the winter storm that hit Atlanta.
David Lee, Golden State Warriors
Lee was listed as day-to-day last Friday with some shoulder soreness but has not missed any playing time. Golden State has dropped three of their last four games as Lee has continued to post double-figure point totals in every game this season. Lee recorded his 24th double-double of the year on Sunday in a 103-88 win against Portland. Lee posted 17 points and pulled down 12 boards to help guide the Warriors to victory.
Mike Miller, Memphis Grizzlies
Miller recorded 11 points, two rebounds and one assist last night as the red-hot Grizzlies defeated the Trailblazers, 98-81. Miller played 16 minutes and went 4-for-5 from the floor. He is averaging 6.7 ppg and 2.9 rpg.
Erik Murphy, Chicago Bulls
Murphy saw one minute of action in the loss to the Clippers on Friday night, but didnít produce any statistics. The Bulls have lost two of their last three contests as they enter the AT&T Center tonight. †
Joakim Noah, Chicago Bulls
Currently listed as day-to-day, Noah is battling an illness that will make him a 50/50 decision to take the court in San Antonio tonight. Noah did not play Monday night in the Bullsí loss to the Timberwolves. Noah did however post consecutive double-double games on Friday and Saturday where he had 11 points and 10 rebounds against Charlotte and 12 points and 13 boards versus the Clippers. Noah continues to average a double-double and leads the team in rebounding with 11.7 ppg and 11.4 rpg.
Chandler Parsons, Houston Rockets
Parsons notched a career-high 34 points and set an NBA record for most three-pointers in one half of a game in a one-point loss to the Grizzlies Friday night, 87-88. He connected on 10-of-14 from beyond the arc in the second half of action and went 11-of-17 from the field overall. Before his 34-point output on Friday night, Parsons recorded back-to-back double-doubles. Parsons is the Rockets third-leading scorer, averaging 17.1 pgg, 5.7rpg and 3.5 apg. The Rockets take on the Mavericks tonight at 8:30 p.m.
Marreese Speights, Golden State Warriors
Speights had 10 points on 5-of-8 shooting with four rebounds in a loss to Minnesota last Friday. Matching a season-best nine boards, Speights added seven points as the Warriors fell to the Wizards last night, 85-88. Speights is averaging 5.7 ppg and 3.4 rpg. The Warriors are set to play the Clippers tomorrow night at 10:30 p.m.