Wednesday February 12, 2014Gators in the NBA
Two former Gators posted career-highs this week as Bradley Beal notched 37 points and Marreese Speights put up 32. Beal’s Wizards fell to the Grizzlies with his notable performance, but Speights and the Warriors came away with the win in his outing.
Bradley Beal, Washington Wizards
Beal posted a career-high 37 points, going 15-of-24 from the field, in a close loss to the Grizzlies, 89-92 last night. Beal also connected of 5-of-7 shooting from long range, pulled down five boards and added two assists. Checking in as the Wizards’ second-leading scorer, Beal is averaging 17.0 ppg and 3.8 rpg. The Wizards hit the hardwood again tonight as they take on Chandler Parsons and the Rockets at 8 p.m.
Matt Bonner, San Antonio Spurs
Bonner had five points and four rebounds in 14 minutes of action in a loss to Detroit Monday night, 100-109. Bonner went 2-for-3 from the field, knocking down one from beyond the arc. He played 19 minutes on Saturday in a win over Charlotte but did not record any statistics. The Spurs will play the Celtics tonight at 7:30 p.m.
Corey Brewer, Minnesota Timberwolves
Brewer put up 26 points, one shy of season-high of 27 in a loss to Portland last Saturday. Brewer connected on 11-of-23 from the floor, while also grabbing seven boards and dishing two assists. Averaging 11.4 ppg, Brewer is the Timberwolves’ fourth leading-scorer. Minnesota is looking to rebound from a four-game slide as they face the Nuggets tonight at 8 p.m.
Nick Calathes, Memphis Grizzles
Calathes has posted double-figures in five out of the last six contests for the Grizzlies, hitting 18 on 8-of-12 shooting last night and 17 on Sunday against Cleveland. Calathes’ effort last night helped propel the Grizzlies to their three-point win over Washington. Calathes is now averaging 4.9 ppg and 2.6apg. The Grizzlies match up with the Magic tonight at 7 p.m.
Udonis Haslem, Miami Heat
Since his two minute outing against the Thunder on Jan. 29, Haslem hasn’t seen any action on the court. The Heat have won four of their last five as they are set to battle Golden State tonight at 10:30 p.m.
Al Horford, Atlanta Hawks
Horford suffered a season-ending injury on Dec. 28 but remarkably still leads the Hawks in points, rebounds and blocks. The Hawks are 9-12 since the loss of Horford as they play Toronto tonight at 7 p.m.
David Lee, Golden State Warriors
Prior to Monday, Lee missed two games last week with a shoulder issue, but returned to the court against Philadelphia and posted his 26th double-double of the year with 13 points and 13 rebounds. Lee went 5-of-8 from the floor, added four assists and one block and one steal. Lee remains the Warriors’ second-leading scorer, averaging 18.8 ppg.
Mike Miller, Memphis Grizzlies
Miller didn’t miss any action last week with his illness, but did play limited minutes. Miller scored eight points on Saturday against Atlanta and had just two last night versus the Wizards. He is averaging 6.4 ppg and 2.7 rpg.
Erik Murphy, Chicago Bulls
Murphy hasn’t seen playing time since he last logged five minutes on Feb. 3 against Sacramento. The Bulls take on the Nets tomorrow at 8 p.m.
Joakim Noah, Chicago Bulls
Noah remains the only former Gator currently averaging a double-double with 11.8 ppg and 11.5 rpg. Noah notched back-to-back double-doubles, hitting 19 with 16 boards last night against the Hawks and posting 20 points with 13 rebounds on Sunday against the Lakers. Noah played 41 minutes in both contests for the Bulls, which were also wins for Chicago.
Chandler Parsons, Houston Rockets
Parsons put up 20 last night on 9-of-14 shooting in a win over Minnesota, 107-89, on Monday night. Averaging 17.0 ppg, Parsons is the Rockets’ third-leading scorer. The Rockets have won six straight as they look to take down the Wizards tonight.
Marreese Speights, Golden State Warriors
Speights knocked down a career-high 32 points, helping the Warriors defeat Philadelphia on Monday night. Speights went 12-of-15 from the field in 26 minutes of action while also contributing eight rebounds, one assist and three blocked shots. Speights is averaging 6.1 ppg and 3.5 rpg for the Warriors.