[Moderated by Matt Jones]
I’d like to start a recap of the previous week’s professional games that star our beloved NBA Cats. This is the first post so we will just look at last night’s games, but hopefully it becomes a weekly endeavor helping keep you up to date with our former players.
Sunday’s slate of NBA games featured 4 former UK Wildcats who saw action on the floor and one who stole the show when a starting opportunity became available to him. (Can you guess who it was from the picture?) That’s right, the rugged and always resilient DeAndre Liggins started for the Oklahoma City Thunder last night in their road contest against the Portland Trailblazers. Liggins did not disappoint either, playing 40 minutes while grabbing 9 rebounds, 2 assists, 1 steal, and 11 points (3-3 3pt FG). The Thunder won in Portland, 87-83, and afterwards the play of #25 grabbed the attention of Head Coach Scott Brooks, along with BBN. When asked (before tonight’s game) about the play of Liggins last night, Brooks noted, “ Without his (40) minutes, we don’t win that game in Portland.” Looks like Liggins may find his way into the rotation before too long. Good for him.
The rest of the Cats:
While Darius Miller is still on assignment to the Iowa Energy of the D-League by New Orleans, Davis has returned nicely from his injuries earlier in the year, putting up 8 rebounds, 2 assists and 13 points in 33 minutes of action last night. It is nice to see our former MOP return into the lineup and get much needed experience that comes with being successful in the NBA. While the Trailblazer’s Damian Lillard has pretty much wrapped up the ROY race already, Davis is still performing at a very high rate and justifying why the Hornets drafted him #1. In fact, Sports Illustrated wrote that Davis is exceeding the expectations placed on him. Very nice look at how the Unibrow changes the game with his presence, something Kentucky fans are well-versed in.
The enigma that has become the LA Lakers finally pulled out a win in the year 2013, but it was done mostly without the help of former Cat Jodie Meeks. Before last night’s game, Mr. 54 was averaging 19+ minutes a game for the Lakers; last night, however, Meeks played only 4 minutes and scored 3 points. We all know what Meeks can bring as an outside threat, but with the Lakers in full meltdown, he may get shuffled behind other players while they figure out how to stop their sinking ship.
Pacers-86 Nets- 97
I have to shamefully admit that I did not realize Keith Bogans was playing for the Brooklyn Nets until I looked up the results of yesterday’s games. Bogans is still producing, though, scoring 8 points and grabbing 3 rebounds on 22 minutes for Jay-Z’s favorite team. He has never been looked upon to score since arriving in the NBA, but he made his living (take notice, DeAndre) playing lockdown defense on some of the game’s best scorers.
That’s it for now. All Cats Everything.
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