In the first game of the 2014 NBA Playoffs, the teams of three former Kentucky Wildcats were in action, though only one NBA ‘Cat received significant playing time in an 87-94 Game 1 defeat.
’08-’10 Kentucky forward Patrick Patterson made his NBA Playoff debut in an Eastern Conference first-round matchup in Toronto, Canada earlier this afternoon. Even though his 3rd seeded Raptors fell to the 6th seeded Brooklyn Nets, Patterson’s individual performance in his first ever playoff game should be considered a success. The 6’9″ Huntington, WV native scored 9 points, grabbed 5 rebounds, distributed 2 assists, and blocked 1 shot in 26 minutes of playing time. Pat sunk a momentum-shifting three-pointer followed immediately by a game-tying dunk in the game’s 4th quarter, but the veteran-led Nets eventually proved too much and pulled away in the contest’s final minutes.
Patterson’s Toronto teammate Chuck Hayes received only 6 minutes of playing time and managed to miss his only field goal attempt in the process. Brooklyn guard Marquis Teague did not make his way off of head coach Jason Kidd’s bench.
Tayshaun Prince of the Memphis Grizzlies will be the only other former Wildcat to participate in Saturday’s playoff action. The 7th seeded Grizzlies will face the 2nd seeded Oklahoma City Thunder at 9:30 p.m. on ESPN. Michael Kidd-Gilchrist, John Wall, Nazr Mohammed, and Terrence Jones will all make their 2014 NBA Playoffs debuts tomorrow.