Thursday February 20, 2014Gators in the NBA
Representing the Gators in the 2014 NBA All-Star Weekend, Joakim Noah earned a roster spot for the East and Bradley Beal just barely missed winning the three-point contest crown. Tonight, Chandler Parsons and the Rockets will square off against David Lee and Marreese Speights of Golden State.
Bradley Beal, Washington Wizards
Last week Beal was a major player in the 2014 NBA All-Star three-point contest, putting up 21 points to win the East bracket and face San Antonio’s Marco Belinelli for the crown. Beal shot lights-out to tie Belinelli and force a tiebreaker, but came up short after Belinelli made six straight shots and beat out Beal. In a win over the Hawks last night, Beal posted 19 points with five rebounds and six assists and is now averaging 17.0 ppg. The Wizards will play New Orleans on Saturday at 7 p.m.
Matt Bonner, San Antonio Spurs
Bonner played 19 minutes against the Celtics last Wednesday, adding seven points and grabbing four boards in the win, 104-92. Bonner saw limited action last night, hitting just one shot and getting one rebound. The Spurs are on a three game win streak after defeating Portland last night, 111-109, and will face the Suns on Saturday at 9 p.m.
Corey Brewer, Minnesota Timberwolves
Brewer posted 22 points last Wednesday in a win against Denver, going 9-of-14 from the floor two rebounds and five steals. Brewer scored 12 last night as the Timberwolves went on to defeat the Pacers, 104-91, as he is now averaging 11.6 ppg. Minnesota will take on the Jazz Saturday at 9 p.m.
Nick Calathes, Memphis Grizzles
Calathes has posted double-figures in seven out of the last eight contests for the Grizzlies, hitting 11 with five assists last night vs. the Knicks and adding 12 points and six assists last week when Memphis defeated Orlando, 86-81. Calathes is now averaging 5.2 ppg and 2.7apg. The Grizzlies match-up with the Bobcats on Saturday at 7 p.m.
Udonis Haslem, Miami Heat
Haslem has not seen any action in the month of February. The Heat have won six of their last seven as they will battle the Bulls on Sunday at 3:30 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 have lost seven-straight contest and are 9-15 since the loss of Horford as they play Detroit Friday at 7:30 p.m.
David Lee, Golden State Warriors
Lee posted his 28th double-double of the season, fueling the Warriors to victory over the Kings last night, 101-92. Lee knocked down 23 points, hitting 10-of-20 from the field while also pulling down 11 boards with two assists, two blocks and a steal. He is the Warriors’ second-leading scorer, averaging 18.9 ppg.
Mike Miller, Memphis Grizzlies
Tallying a season-best 19 points on Tuesday night, Miller aided the Grizzlies in defeating the Knicks, 98-93. Miller was 7-for-11 from the floor, including 5-of-7 from beyond the arc. He is averaging 6.5 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 have won four straight and take on the Nuggets Friday at 8 p.m.
Joakim Noah, Chicago Bulls
The only former Gator to make a lineup spot on the 2014 NBA All-Star roster, Noah contributed eight points, five rebounds and five assists as the East went on to defeat the West, 163-155. Noah did not post double-figures for the Bulls last night, but did have a career-best 13 assists as Chicago edged Toronto, 94-92. Noah continues to average a double-double with 11.8 ppg and 11.4 rpg.
Chandler Parsons, Houston Rockets
Parsons has put up double-figures in the last three contests for the Rockets, dropping 18 last night on 8-of-14 shooting in a win over the Lakers, 134-108. Parsons also threw down a dunk last night that made ESPN highlights. He is averaging 17.1 ppg and 5.6 rpg. The Rockets and the Warriors will have a showdown tonight at 10:30 p.m.
Marreese Speights, Golden State Warriors
Since his career-high outing last week against Philadelphia, Speights has seen less minutes and contributed just two and three points over the last two games. He is averaging 6.0 ppg and 3.5 rpg as he will look to take the hardwood tonight against Houston.