Wednesday April 30, 2014Gators in the NBA
Some first round series have already wrapped up while others are still fighting it out to see who will advance to the semifinals. Joakim and Noah and the Chicago Bulls were knocked out of the playoff race by Bradley Beal and Wizards last night and Udonis Haslem and the Miami Heat took care of Charlotte. Tonight, Matt Bonner and San Antonio will enter Game 5 with the Mavericks while Chandler Parsons and the Rockets will look to stay alive against Portland.
Bradley Beal, Washington Wizards
In last night’s series clinching victory against the Bulls, Beal contributed 17 points, pulled down five rebounds and dished four assists. Throughout the five-game series stretch, Beal totaled 99 points and shot 44 percent from the field and 45 percent from long range. Washington will face the winners of the Pacers and Hawks showdown in the Eastern Conference Semifinals.
Matt Bonner, San Antonio Spurs
In the current battle with the Mavericks, Bonner is averaging 4.3 minutes per game and 1.5 points per game. In Monday’s win, 93-89, Bonner saw the floor for five minutes but did not record any statistics. All tied at 2-2, Game 5 in San Antonio is set for tonight at 7 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 points per game and 2.6 rebounds per game.
Udonis Haslem, Miami Heat
In the series with Charlotte, Haslem averaged 16 minutes of floor time and four rebounds per game. Haslem grabbed four boards in each of the last two games and had four points on Saturday but didn’t hit on Monday night. He also tallied one assist in each game. The Heat will take on the winner of the Nets and Raptors series next.
Al Horford, Atlanta Hawks
Horford may be out for the season, but the Hawks are leading the Pacers 3-2 in the Eastern Conference 1st Round. Atlanta has taken two games on the road and one at home as they square off tomorrow night at home in Game 6 at 7 p.m.
David Lee, Golden State Warriors
Lee posted a double-double with 18 points and 10 boards as the Warriors fell to the Clippers, 113-103. Lee has shot over 60 percent from the field the last two games, hitting 8-of-13 from the floor last night. He is averaging 18.2 points per game and 9.3 rebounds per game on the year. Golden State and LA match-up in Game 6 tomorrow at 10:30 p.m.
Mike Miller, Memphis Grizzlies
Miller notched a team-leading 21 points en route to helping Memphis defeat Oklahoma City in OT, 100-99. The last four games of the series have seen extra minutes, marking the first time in NBA history a playoff series has done so. Miller hit five threes and was a perfect 4-for-4 from the free throw line. He also grabbed six boards and dished three assists. The Grizzlies are up 3-2 heading into Game 6 tomorrow 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
In the series with Washington, Noah averaged 10.4 points per game and 12.8 rebounds game while also dishing 4.6 assists per game. His best performance was in Game 2 on Apr. 22 when he recorded 20 points and 12 boards. In the Bulls only win over the Wizards on Apr. 25, Noah had just six points and nine rebounds.
Chandler Parsons, Houston Rockets
Parsons posted 26 points off an 11-of-18 effort from the floor in Sunday’s loss to Portland, 123-120. Houston has taken just one game from the Trailblazers this series, a 121-116 win on the road last Friday. Parsons is averaging 20 points per game this postseason and is hitting 47 percent from the field. The Rockets host Game 5 tonight at 9:30 p.m.
Marreese Speights, Golden State Warriors
Speights had four points, one assist and one block in 10 minutes of action in last night’s loss to the Clippers. He played a few more minutes and took more shots in the first two games than recently. Speights is averaging 4.4 points per game and 9.2 minutes per game so far this postseason.