Sunday evening, just two former Illinois prep athletes saw minutes in a NBA game. That’s the fewest this season. Below I look into and share each of their NBA performances from January 17.
Best of the Day: Patrick Beverly
The Los Angeles Clippers are a contender in the Western Conference and I have them meeting up with LeBron James and the Lakers in the conference finals. It looks like there is strong chance of that happening the way Kawhi Leonard and Paul George have been playing. But there is more to that Clippers roster, and that includes Patrick Beverly and his game.
He gets a bad reputation for being loud and obnoxious but it would not be fun to have to be defended by him for 30 or more minutes a night. He might not put up big numbers but he does find his way onto the stat sheet.
- Patrick Beverly (Marshall/Clippers)- 26 minutes, 11 points, 3/7 FG, 2/4 3PT, 3/4 FT, an offensive rebound, 5 total rebounds, 6 assists, a block, and +29 in a 129-96 win over the Pacers.
The rest of the performances of the day:
- Richaun Holmes (Lockport/Kings)- 42 minutes, 16 points, 7/12 FG, 0/1 3PT, 2/2 FT, 2 offensive rebounds, 7 total rebounds, an assist, a steal, 2 blocks, and +4 in a 128-123 loss to the Pelicans. The Kings defense is atrocious as they have given up around 120+ a game over the last week or so but the team is fun and competitive. De’Aaron Fox, Marvin Bagley, Harrison Barnes, and Richaun Holmes are solid basketball players. Sacramento hoops may just bring turning a corner.