15 of the 22 former Kentucky Wildcats on NBA rosters logged in-game minutes this past weekend, though it was the stars of the 2009-10 Southeastern Conference champions who once again shone the brightest.
Washington Wizards PG John Wall posted back-to-back double-doubles on Friday and Saturday evening, though neither effort was enough to halt the Wizards’ current 4-game losing streak. Wall finished with 13 points and 11 assists– on woeful 6-22 (.273) shooting– in a 2-point road loss to the Atlanta Hawks on Friday, but bounced back with 24 points and 12 assists the very next night.
Phoenix PG Eric Bledsoe scored 24 points, dished out 8 assists, and grabbed 8 rebounds last night in a 106-102 win over the Golden State Warriors, notching the latest W in the Suns’ current 5-game win streak. However, it was in Bledsoe’s Friday night contest with DeMarcus Cousins’ new-look Sacramento Kings that the misfortune of Friday the 13th began to rear its ugly head. While Bledsoe recorded the weekend’s top scoring performance with 28 points (complemented by 8 assists and 5 rebounds), and Cousins kickstarted his weekend with a 16-rebound, 15-point, 5-assist, 5-steal showing in the loss, DeMarcus garnered the attention of ‘Cats fans tuning into the game for all the wrong reasons mid-way through the 3rd quarter.
After earning his league-leading 7th technical foul of the 2013-14 season, Boogie was making his way toward the Kings bench when he appeared to bump into the shoulder of former Wildcat and current Suns rookie Archie Goodwin, who was standing with his own team near the Phoenix bench. Goodwin, one of only three active NBA players under the age of 20, briefly paused in his clapping to reach out and touch the passing Cousins on the shoulder in what appeared to be a friendly gesture following the aforementioned contact. La familia or not, DeMarcus was obviously not in the loving mood, as evidenced by his immediate reaction to Archie that included a swift turnaround and a succinct jawing. Archie remained calm and collective as the altercation fizzled to an end. Watch the video below and make your own judgments:
Cousins capped off the weekend with 21 points, 10 rebounds, and 5 assists on Sunday during a 106-91 win over Terrence Jones (who logged 15 minutes while battling flu-like symptoms) and the Houston Rockets. The 15-point win was the franchise’s largest margin of victory over the Rockets since 2003.
Philadelphia 76ers big man Daniel Orton, another product of Cal’s inaugural recruiting class, also suffered through a fit of aggression this weekend that resulted in a one-game suspension without pay for both himself and Portland Trail Blazers center Meyers Leonard. Check out video of the scuffle (which led to both players’ early ejection) below:
Lastly, Patrick Patterson, the fifth and final player from Kentucky’s record 2010 NBA Draft class, ended his weekend on a much brighter note than his two former teammates. The Huntington, WV native made his playing debut with the Toronto Raptors, resulting in back-to-back wins on Friday and Saturday. Patterson highlighted his weekend with 12 points and 2-2 shooting from behind the 3-point arc in a 99-77 win over Marquis Teague, Nazr Mohammed, and the Chicago Bulls on Saturday. The performance was Pat’s first double-digit scoring outing in two weeks.
The weekend’s game logs for all 15 NBA ‘Cats are compiled below:
Friday, December 13
Saturday, December 14
Sunday, December 15
All statistics courtesy of ESPN.com