Wednesday May 7, 2014Gators in the NBA
The semifinals are underway and just three former Gators remain in the hunt for the championship as the Bulls, Grizzlies, Hawks, Rockets and Warriors all fell in the first round. Staying alive, Bradley Beal and the Wizards will take on the Pacers in Game 2 tonight while Matt Bonner and the Spurs face Portland tomorrow and Udonis Haslem and Heat square off against the Nets tomorrow as well.
Bradley Beal, Washington Wizards
Beal and the Wizards squared off against the Pacers in Game 1 on Monday night, taking a 102-96 decision in Indiana. Beal dropped 25 points on an 8-of-18 effort, including hitting 3-of-5 from long range. He also grabbed seven boards, dished seven assists, had five takeaways and blocked one shot. Game 2 is set for tonight at 7 p.m.
Matt Bonner, San Antonio Spurs
The Spurs took Game 7 from the Mavericks and have moved on to a fight with Portland. San Antonio took Game 1 on last night, defeating the Trailblazers 116-92. Bonner played just three minutes in the contest and recorded no statistics. Game 2 is tomorrow at 9:30 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
Taking Game 1 from the Nets, 107-86, the Heat are cruising through the East so far. Haslem averaged two points, four rebounds and 16 minutes in the series with Charlotte and scored a bucket and pulled down three rebounds against Brooklyn last night. The two teams will return to the hardwood for Game 2 tomorrow at 7 p.m.
Al Horford, Atlanta Hawks
The Hawks were eliminated by the Pacers in Game 7 on Saturday, 92-80. Atlanta looks forward to Horford’s return next season.
David Lee, Golden State Warriors
The Warriors lost the series to the Clippers, 4-3, as Lee finished the conference quarterfinals averaging 13.9 points per game, 9.1 rebounds per game and 2.6 assists per game. He posted three double-doubles in the series, including a 13-point, 13-rebound performance in Game 7. Lee ended the year as the Warriors’ third-leading scorer with 18.2 points per game and 9.3 rebounds per game.
Mike Miller, Memphis Grizzlies
The Grizzlies lost Games 6 and 7 to the Thunder, unable to keep their playoffs hopes alive. Miller averaged 7.3 points per game, 3.7 rebounds per game and 1.3 assists per game this postseason. His best performance in the series came on Apr. 29 where he put up 21 points, hitting 5-of-8 from beyond the arc as the Grizzlies pulled out a one-point victory on Oklahoma City.
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. He underwent successful minor arthroscopic surgery last week to clean out his left knee.
Chandler Parsons, Houston Rockets
The Rockets managed to take just two games from the Trailblazers, losing the series in six. Parsons averaged 19.3 points per game, 6.8 rebounds per game and shot 44 percent from the field in the conference quarterfinals. He finished the season as the Rockets third-leading scorer and rebounder.
Marreese Speights, Golden State Warriors
Speights’ best outings against the Clippers were Games 6 and 7 where he had 12 and 10 points, respectively. In Game 6, the Warriors pulled off the win as Speights also added six boards, one block and shot 57 percent from the field. Speights finished off the year averaging 6.4 points per game and 3.7 rebounds per game.