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Tuesday’s NBA Wildcat Watch + a Weekend Bonus

Atlanta Hawks v Denver Nuggets Photo by Matthew Stockman/Getty Images

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!

It’s time to get you all caught up on the Villanova NBA action from over the weekend and on Tuesday night.


Ryan Arcidiacono

Ryan Arcidiacono and the Chicago Bulls had their hands full with the Golden State Warriors on Friday night. They lost, 146-109, but it was a solid night off the bench for Arcidiacono. He was one of four Bulls to reach double figures, scoring 10 points on a 2-of-3 clip from downtown and a perfect 4-for-4 showing at the free throw line. he also had three assists and a rebound.

The following night, on Saturday, the Bulls lost again, 110-102, this time to the Utah Jazz. Arcidiacono played 18 minutes off the bench, scoring six points, grabbing two rebounds, and a pair of assists.

Arch and the Bulls took the court again on Tuesday night, where they fell to Josh Hart and the Los Angeles Lakers, 107-100. Arcidiacono had a productive outing off the bench. Through 19 minutes of action, he had 12 points, two rebounds, one assists, two steals, and a block.

Up Next: @ Denver on Thursday, Jan. 17, at 9 p.m. ET

Mikal Bridges

Bridges and the Suns took down one of the top teams in the west, when it hosted the Denver Nuggets on Saturday night. He was in the starting five once again. He finished with five points, three rebounds, two assists, and a steal.

He was back on the court on Tuesday night, in Phoenix’s 131-97 loss to the Indiana Pacers. Bridges finished with seven points, seven rebounds, one assist, and two steals.

Up Next: @ Toronto on Thursday, Jan. 17, at 7:30 p.m. ET

Jalen Brunson

Brunson enjoyed substantial amounts of playing time in both of the Mavericks’ games over the weekend. Both games were decided by nearly identical scores. First, it won 119-115 over Minnesota on Friday. On Sunday, Dallas lost, 119-114, to Golden State.

Against the Timberwolves, Brunson played 16 minutes. During that time, he scored nine points (perfect 3-for-3 from deep), had two assists, and got a steal.

On Sunday night, he played an extended 30 minutes off of the bench. He had 12 points, four rebounds, one assists, and a block. He shot 3-for-10 on the floor, but 2-for-3 from long range.

Up Next: vs. San Antonio on Wednesday, Jan. 16, at 8:30 p.m. ET

Dante Cunningham

Cunningham made the most of his minutes against the Oklahoma City Thunder on Saturday. In the 122-112 loss, he played just four minutes, but had seven points (didn’t miss any of his three shot attempts), grabbed two rebounds, and dished out an assist.

On Monday night, it was a quieter outing for Cunningham. In Tony Parker’s return to San Antonio, the Hornets were able to prevail 108-93 over the Spurs. Cunningham played 11 minutes this time around, but didn’t log a single stat.

Up Next: @ Dallas on Wednesday, Jan. 16, at 8:30 p.m. ET

Donte DiVincenzo

DiVincenzo continued to miss games as he deals with an ankle injury, which has since been specified as left heel bursitis.

He didn’t play in Milwaukee’s loss to Washington (113-106) or in their wins over Atlanta (133-114) and Miami (124-86).

Up Next: @ Memphis on Wednesday, Jan. 16, at 8 p.m. ET

Josh Hart

Hart’s shooting woes continued on the road against the Utah Jazz on Friday night. He was just 2-of-6 on the floor in the 113-95 defeat. He grabbed five rebounds and one assist before fouling out.

On Sunday, the Lakers suffered a disappointing 101-95 loss to the Cleveland Cavaliers. Hart had nine points (3-of-12 shooting, including a 1-for-8 showing from downtown). He also had five rebounds, one assist, one steal, and two blocks.

Hart was shifted out of the starting five and came off the bench in the Lakers’ 107-100 win over former teammate Ryan Arcidiacono and the Chicago Bulls. He logged 22 minutes of action, scoring two points, grabbing four rebounds, and generating two steals.

Up Next: @ Oklahoma City on Thursday, Jan. 17, at 9:30 p.m. ET

Kyle Lowry

Toronto continued its winning ways all throughout the weekend. On Friday, it enjoyed a 122-105 win over Brooklyn. It was a quiet night for Lowry, who had four points, but dished out eight assists and got a steal.

The Raptors came back on Sunday, where they were able to outlast the Washington Wizards for a 140-138 double-overtime victory. Lowry had a double-double, scoring 12 points and dishing out 11 assists.

Up Next: @ Boston on Wednesday, Jan. 16, at 8 p.m. ET

Omari Spellman

Spellman has been up-and-down between the NBA and G-League, for a reason he has been brutally honest about—his physical shape. It’s been reported that he now stands in at 293 pounds, and he’s been moving up-and-down while he tries to address that.

It was a slow start for O-Boogie, who logged just three minutes in the Hawks’ 123-121 win over the Philadelphia Sixers on Friday. He didn’t score, but he had a rebound and a block.

On Sunday, with starting center Dewayne Dedmon out, it paved the way for Spellman to enter the starting lineup. He had a productive outing that had Atlanta fans clamoring for more. He logged 30 minutes of action, scoring 13 points. All of his made shots came from long range, where he was 4-for-7. He also had six rebounds and four blocks. Although the Hawks lost 133-114, there was more Spellman in the 142-126 win over Oklahoma City on Tuesday night.

Against the Thunder, he had 10 points (4-of-6 shooting), three rebounds, three assists, and a block.

Up Next: vs. Boston on Saturday, Jan. 19, at 7:30 p.m. ET