Wednesday May 14, 2014Gators in the NBA
Three former Gators remain in the hunt for the championship as the Bulls, Grizzlies, Hawks, Rockets and Warriors all fell in the first round. Bradley Beal and the Wizards are down 3-2 to the Pacers and will play Game 6 tomorrow, while Matt Bonner and the Spurs and Udonis Haslem and the Heat both have chances to clinch their respective series tonight.
Bradley Beal, Washington Wizards
After taking Game 1 from the Pacers, the Wizards dropped three-straight but fought off elimination last night with a 102-79 win in Indiana. Beal has posted double-figures in every contest this postseason, including his 18 points and eight rebounds he had last night. Against the Pacers, Beal is averaging 19.2 points per game and is shooting 42 percent from the field and 40 percent from long range. Game 6 will be back in Washington at 8 p.m. tomorrow.
Matt Bonner, San Antonio Spurs
The Spurs could have eliminated the Trailblazers on a quick 4-0 punch, but fell Monday night, 103-92. Bonner saw seven minutes of action in Game 4, the most of the series, but hasn’t recorded any statistics. Game 5 will be in San Antonio tonight 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
The Heat lead the Nets, 3-2 as Brooklyn took Game 3 with a 104-90 decision. Haslem has only seen the hardwood for three minutes in this conference semifinals showdown and has put up just two points. Miami can clinch the series tonight, as they face off in Game 5 at American Airlines Arena 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 recently 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.