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NBA Wildcat Watch (January 1)

Happy New Year!

Detroit Pistons v Milwaukee Bucks Photo by Stacy Revere/Getty Images

To say we (read: me) slacked off on this series would be an understatement! My New Year’s resolution is to get this going again and sustain here goes nothing:

From Tuesday through Friday, each time a former Wildcat hits the court, we will recap how they did and include a few highlights (if available). On Tuesdays, we’ll also recap what happened over the weekend, so you don’t miss the action. This will also serve as a discussion board. We will try to keep it updated as soon as the games are over, so check back often!

A quiet night in the NBA for the Villanova Wildcats’ alumni. Just two players aligned with Tuesday’s games—Kyle Lowry (Toronto Raptors) and Donte DiVincenzo (Milwaukee Bucks).

Kyle Lowry

The Lowry-less Raptors were able to pull out a win and fend off the visiting Utah Jazz at home. They won 122-116. Hours before the game, Toronto announced that Lowry recently received anti-inflammatory injections for his sore lower back in New York. He was ruled out of the game against the Jazz and there’s no current timetable for his return.

Up Next: @ San Antonio, on Thursday, Jan. 3 at 8 p.m. ET (TNT)

Donte DiVincenzo

DiVincenzo checked in late against the Detroit Pistons. It was his first bit of NBA action since a brief one-day G-League stint. He played in the closing minutes of the Bucks’ 121-98 victory over Detroit, logging one assist and a block. He has recently been serving time between the Bucks and their G-League affiliate, the Wisconsin Herd. He spent a few days with the G-League team just before Christmas, and then was recalled before being sent back down for a day on Dec. 28.

Through the three games he played with the herd, DiVincenzo has averaged 17.3 points, 5.0 rebounds, 2.7 assists, 2.0 steals, and 1.3 blocks.

Up Next: vs. Atlanta, on Friday, Jan. 4, at 8:30 p.m. ET

Wednesday’s Slate

A number of Wildcat alum are in action on Wednesday night, after this quiet start to the year.

  • Jalen Brunson: Dallas at Charlotte, at 7 p.m. ET
  • Ryan Arcidiacono: Orlando at Chicago, at 8 p.m. ET
  • Mikal Bridges: Philadelphia at Phoenix, at 9 p.m. ET
  • Josh Hart: Oklahoma City at L.A. Lakers, at 10:30 p.m. ET (ESPN)

Note: The Atlanta Hawks will play the Washington Wizards at 7 p.m. on Wednesday, but Omari Spellman was assigned to the G-League Erie Bayhawks—for the first time ever this season—just a few days ago.