Wednesday May 21, 2014Gators in the NBA
With Bradley Beal and the Wizards being eliminated in the conference semifinals, just two former Gators remain in the hunt for the 2014 NBA Championship. Matt Bonner and the San Antonio Spurs are looking for a Finals rematch against Udonis Haslem and the Miami Heat, but will first have to get through Oklahoma City. The Spurs will play the Thunder tonight at 9 p.m. while the Heat square off with the Pacers again on Saturday.
Bradley Beal, Washington Wizards
The Wizards lost Game 6 of the Eastern Conference Semifinals, 93-80, as the Pacers took a 4-2 edge and advanced to play the Heat. Beal averaged 18.7 points per game, 5.2 rebounds per game, shot 41 percent from the field and 39 percent from long range.
Matt Bonner, San Antonio Spurs
Bonner and the Spurs took care of the Portland Trailblazers in five games and are currently in a battle with Oklahoma City in the Western Conference Finals. Bonner played light minutes against Portland, recording his first statistics in Game 5 with a bucket. He played two minutes in Game One versus the Thunder, as San Antonio came out on top, 122-105. Game 2 will be tonight at 9 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 and the Pacers are in a showdown for the Eastern Conference title as the series is tied at 1-1. Miami lost Game 1, 107-96, with Haslem playing 11 minutes and grabbing two boards. The Heat came back in Game 2 for a 87-83 victory as Haslem went 3-for-5 from the floor for seven points, three rebounds and one assist. Game 3 is set for Saturday at 8:30 p.m.
Al Horford, Atlanta Hawks
The Hawks were eliminated by the Pacers in Game 7, 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.