Wednesday April 23, 2014Gators in the NBA
The 2014 NBA Playoffs have begun as the Wizards hold a 2-0 advantage over Chicago, the Spurs are up 1-0 on Dallas, Miami leads Charlotte 1-0, the Hawks are all tied up with Indiana, Golden State is even with the Clippers, the Grizzlies made it 1-1 with the Thunder and the Rockets are down 1-0 to Portland. Tune in tonight for playoff action.
Bradley Beal, Washington Wizards
In last night’s 101-99 win over the Bulls, Beal dropped a team-leading 26 points with a 4-of-7 effort from long range while also grabbing seven boards and dishing two assists. On Sunday, he contributed 13 points, going a perfect 7-of-7 from the free throw line and recorded seven assists. Beal is averaging 17.1 ppg, 3.7 rpg and 3.3 apg entering Game 3.
Matt Bonner, San Antonio Spurs
Bonner played just two minutes in Sunday’s Game 1 match-up with Dallas as the Spurs went on to win 90-85. He is averaging 3.2 ppg and 2.1 rpg as NBA Coach of the Year Greg Popovich and San Antonio are set for Game 2 against the Mavericks tonight at 8 p.m.
Corey Brewer, Minnesota Timberwolves
The Timberwolves didn’t advance to the playoffs, but after Brewer’s career-best 51 point performance on Apr. 11 he finished off the regular season with double-figures in the last three contests. Brewer notched 10, 22 and 11, respectively, as the Timberwolves dropped all three games. He finished the season averaging 12.3 ppg and 2.6 rpg.
Udonis Haslem, Miami Heat
Haslem logged 13 minutes of court time in Game 1 action against the Bobcats, scoring just one basket, grabbing three boards and blocking one shot. He is averaging 3.8 ppg and rpg as the Heat host Charlotte tonight at 7 p.m.
Al Horford, Atlanta Hawks
Horford may be out for the season, but the Hawks are in the playoffs. Tied 1-1 with the Pacers, the two teams will square off again tomorrow at 7 p.m.
David Lee, Golden State Warriors
Lee knocked down a double-double with 20 points and 13 rebounds in Saturday’s win over the Clippers, 109-105 behind a 8-of-13 effort from the floor. Lee also dished three assists and had one steal. In Monday’s loss, 138-98, Lee had 11 points and four boards. He is averaging 18.2 ppg and 9.3 rpg as the Warriors and Clippers will battle it out in Game 3 tomorrow at 10:30 p.m.
Mike Miller, Memphis Grizzlies
Miller has fallen off his pace a little, contributing just three points in Saturday’s loss to the Thunder, 100-86. Monday, Memphis got the win as Miller added nine points, nailing three 3-pointers and grabbing six rebounds. He is averaging 7.1 ppg and 2.5 rpg as Memphis and Oklahoma City will play Game 3 tomorrow night at 8 p.m.
Erik Murphy, Utah Jazz
Murphy finished out the regular season with the Jazz but unfortunately never saw the hardwood.
Joakim Noah, Chicago Bulls
Noah has posted double-doubles in both losses to the Wizards, posting 10 points and 10 rebounds on Sunday and 20 points and 12 boards last night. Noah is a perfect 6-for-6 from the charity stripe in the postseason and is shooting 60 percent from the floor. He is averaging 12.6 ppg and 11.3 rpg as Game 3 will be in Washington on Friday at 8 p.m.
Chandler Parsons, Houston Rockets
Despite putting up 24 points on Sunday, Parsons and the Rockets fell in Game 1 to the Trailblazers, 122-120. Parsons was 10-of-21 from the field and also pulled down six boards. He is averaging 16.6 ppg, 5.5 rpg and 4.0 apg as the Rockets host Game 2 tonight at 9:30 p.m.
Marreese Speights, Golden State Warriors
Speights played solid minutes in the first two games and added six and eight points, respectively, for the Warriors. He also tallied a total of 11 rebounds through the match-ups and is averaging 6.4 ppg and 3.7 rpg.