Thursday June 5, 2014Gators in the NBA - Bonner and Haslem Square Off in Finals
A rematch of last year’s Finals will take place tomorrow night at 9 p.m. as the 2014 NBA Finals get underway with the Eastern Conference Champions Miami Heat facing off against the Western Conference Champions San Antonio Spurs. Miami came out on top last year, beating the Spurs in four games as San Antonio will be looking for redemption this go-around.
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 started Games 5 and 6 for the Spurs in the Western Conference Finals, his first starts all season, as San Antonio defeated the Thunder 4-2 and will advance to their second consecutive NBA Finals appearance. Bonner went 0-4 from the field in Game 5 but managed to hit two from long range and grab three boards in Game 6. The Spurs split two games against the Heat in the regular season, getting the win at home but falling in Miami.
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
Losing two against the Pacers, the Heat bounced back from a Game 5 defeat to seal their fourth-straight Finals appearance with a 117-92 win in Game 6 of the Eastern Conference Finals. Haslem contributed six points in the final game against Indiana, going a perfect 3-for-3 from the floor in just seven minutes of action. He averaged 4.3 points per game during the series with the Pacers as the Finals kicks off tomorrow night at 9 p.m.
Al Horford, Atlanta Hawks
The Hawks were eliminated by the Pacers in Game 7 of the Eastern Conference first round, 92-80. Atlanta looks forward to Horford’s return next season.
David Lee, Golden State Warriors
The Warriors lost 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 in the Western Conference Quarterfinals, 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 Eastern Conference Quarterfinals 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 Western Conference Quarterfinals 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.