Thursday April 10, 2014Gators in the NBA
Just two weeks out from the playoffs, these former Gators are helping their teams battle for a spot. Joakim Noah posted his seventh career triple-double in a win over Corey Brewer and the Timberwolves last night and is still averaging a double-double with 12.6 ppg and 11.2 rpg. Tomorrow, Chandler Parsons and the Rockets will take on Brewer and Minnesota in another Gator showdown.
Bradley Beal, Washington Wizards
Beal exploded for 28 points on a 12-of-22 effort from the field last Friday, including knocking down the game winning jumper to lead the Wizards past the Knicks, 90-89. Beal connected for 14 points in Saturday’s loss to the Bulls and had just eight last night as Washington fell to Charlotte. Beal is averaging 16.9 ppg, 3.7 rpg and 3.3 apg. The Wizards (40-38) will play the Magic tomorrow at 7 p.m.
Matt Bonner, San Antonio Spurs
Bonner returned to the rotation on Sunday after missing eight games with a strained calf muscle, playing 12 minutes, dishing one assist and grabbing one board. Bonner saw 20 minutes of action and had 11 points on Tuesday night as the Spurs dropped one to Minnesota, 110-91. San Antonio (60-18) will take on Dallas tonight at 8 p.m.
Corey Brewer, Minnesota Timberwolves
Last Friday, Brewer knocked down a free throw to seal a win for the Timberwolves over the Heat, 122-121, to finish with 12 points, six boards and two assists. Brewer had 15 on Saturday and 14 on Tuesday night against the Spurs. He is averaging 11.7 ppg and 2.6 rpg.
Nick Calathes, Memphis Grizzles
Calathes had just two points last night but his hustle helped push the Grizzlies to a 107-102 win over Miami. Calathes is averaging 4.9 ppg, 3.0 apg and 1.9 rpg as Memphis will host the 76ers tomorrow night at 8 p.m.
Udonis Haslem, Miami Heat
Haslem missed games on Tuesday and Wednesday night with an illness. On Friday, Haslem had 10 points, eight boards with two blocks in a loss to the Grizzlies. He is averaging 3.3 ppg and 3.3 rpg. The Heat (53-25) are set to battle the Pacers (54-25) tomorrow night at 7:30 p.m.
Al Horford, Atlanta Hawks
Horford suffered a season-ending injury on Dec. 28 but remarkably still leads the Hawks in points and blocks. The Hawks are 3-2 so far in the month of April as the regular season will finish up next Wednesday.
David Lee, Golden State Warriors
Lee is out with a sore hamstring and back and has no current timetable for a return. He has missed the last six games for the Warriors, as they have gone 4-2 in his absence. Lee is averaging 18.5 ppg and 9.4 rpg.
Mike Miller, Memphis Grizzlies
Miller hasn’t scored in the last two contests, but has grabbed a total of four boards and dished three assists. Last Wednesday, Miller had nine point on 4-of-8 shooting from the field as the Grizzlies fell to the Timberwolves, 102-88. He is averaging 6.7 ppg, 2.5 rpg and 1.6 apg.
Erik Murphy, Utah Jazz
Murphy was released from the Bulls last Thursday and was picked up by the Jazz on Saturday. Utah has played two games since acquiring Murphy but he has not seen the hardwood yet. The Jazz (24-54) will go up against Portland (51-28) tomorrow night at 9 p.m.
Joakim Noah, Chicago Bulls
Noah cashed in on his seventh career triple-double last night, scoring 15 points, grabbing 13 rebounds and dishing 10 assists as the Bulls defeated the Timberwolves 102-87. Noah has produced double-digits in his last 11 performances and continues to average a double-double with 12.6 ppg and 11.2 rpg. He also leads the Bulls in rebounds, assists (5.2), and blocks (1.5). Chicago (46-32) will host Detroit (29-50) tomorrow at 8 p.m.
Chandler Parsons, Houston Rockets
Parsons has produced 11 consecutive contests in double-figures for the Rockets and is averaging 16.4 ppg, 5.5 rpg and 4.0 apg. He dropped 19 in Tuesday’s win over the Lakers on a 8-of-13 effort while dishing eight assists and put up 16 in a loss to Denver last night. Houston (52-26) will take on Corey Brewer and the Timberwolves (39-39) tomorrow night at 8 p.m.
Marreese Speights, Golden State Warriors
Speights had an outstanding game against San Antonio last week, connecting on 22 points on 10-of-16 shooting and grabbing nine boards. Friday night, he produced 12 points and 10 rebounds, his first double-double of the season, as the Warriors defeated Sacramento, 102-69. Speights is averaging 6.3 ppg and 3.6 rpg. The Warriors (48-29) will face the Nuggets tonight at 10:30 p.m.