Wednesday March 5, 2014Gators in the NBA
A few former Gators battled sickness last week to bounce back and contribute for their respective teams while Joakim Noah continues to steadily average a double-double, with 12.0 ppg and 11.4 rpg.
Bradley Beal, Washington Wizards
In a loss to the Grizzlies Monday night, 110-104, Beal dropped 21 points on 7-of-15 including a perfect 6-for-6 effort from the free throw line. Beal closed out February averaging 16.1 pgg, 3.8 rpg and 4.3 apg for the month with 10 double-figure scoring games. The Wizards will take on the Jazz tonight at 7 p.m.
Matt Bonner, San Antonio Spurs
The Spurs have opened March with two wins against Dallas and Cleveland, improving their record to an impressive 44-16. Bonner played just 10 minutes in last nightís contest with the Cavaliers, adding two points, four rebounds, one assist and one steal. San Antonio will battle Miami tomorrow night at 8 p.m.
Corey Brewer, Minnesota Timberwolves
Playing through an injured hand on Monday night, Brewer scored 16 points on a 6-fo-10 effort from the field. Post-game x-rays were negative, although Brewer is still listed as day-to-day. He is averaging 11.8 pgg and 2.4 rpg. The Timberwolves host the Knicks tonight at 8 p.m.
Nick Calathes, Memphis Grizzles
In the month of February, Calathes averaged 10.7 ppg, 3.6 rpg and 4.6 apg, marking his best performance in his NBA rookie year. Calathes contributed six points, grabbed three boards and dished four assists in just 14 minutes of action as the Grizzlies went on to defeat the Wizards last night. Memphis will play the Nets tonight at 7:30 p.m.
Udonis Haslem, Miami Heat
After not seeing any action in the month of February, Haslem has played in all three contests for the Heat to begin March. Haslem scored two points against the Magic on Saturday and three versus Charlotte on Monday.
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 won just one of their last 12 games, falling to 26-32 on the year. Atlanta is set to play Portland tonight at 10:30 p.m.
David Lee, Golden State Warriors
Battling back from an illness, Lee played 21 minutes and had 11 points and six boards in a loss to the Bulls last week, 103-83. On Sunday in Toronto, Lee dropped a double-double with 20 points and 11 rebounds. He is averaging 18.6 ppg and 9.7 rpg.
Mike Miller, Memphis Grizzlies
Miller notched 19 points last Friday, going 7-of-9 from the floor including a 4-for-5 effort from long range. On Monday against the Wizards, Miller saw 26 minutes of action and added 10 points. †He is averaging 6.9 ppg and 2.5 rpg and will look for action on the hardwood tonight against Brooklyn.
Erik Murphy, Chicago Bulls
Murphy has had playing time in two of the last four contests for the Bulls, playing five minutes against Golden State last week and checking in for four minutes on Sunday versus the Knicks. Murphy had one assist and one block against New York as he will look to contribute tonight at 7:30 when the Bulls take on the Pistons.
Joakim Noah, Chicago Bulls
Despite being listed as day-to-day with an ankle injury, Noah tallied 35 minutes on Monday in a loss to the Nets, 96-80. He is on the only former Gator to currently be averaging a double-double with 12.0 ppg and 11.4 rpg. Noah posted a double-double on Sunday versus New York, putting up 13 points and grabbing 12 boards.
Chandler Parsons, Houston Rockets
Missing action Saturday against Detroit due to an illness, Parsons returned to the Rocket lineup last night to play 38 minutes. He knocked down 10 points, had four rebounds and dished eight assists as Houston took down Miami, 106-103. Parsons is averaging 16.6 ppg and 5.6 rpg. The Rockets will face the Magic tonight at 7 p.m.
Marreese Speights, Golden State Warriors
Speights didnít see the floor last night against the Pacers but had 12 points in 10 minutes of play on Friday in a win over the Knicks and had two points on Sunday in Toronto. Speights is averaging 5.9 ppg and 3.3 rpg as the Warriors will match-up with Boston tonight at 7:30 p.m.