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Time to get you all caught up on MLK Day Weekend, as well as Tuesday night’s action.

Dallas Mavericks v Indiana Pacers Photo by Andy Lyons/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!

We’re going to get you all caught up on the Villanova NBA action from over the Martin Luther King Jr. Holiday weekend, as well as what’s going on Tuesday night.


Kyle Lowry

Kyle Lowry was dropping dimes in the Toronto Raptors’ 119-90 win over the Memphis Grizzlies on Saturday. He had 12 points (3-of-8 shooting), four rebounds, seven assists—with just one turnover—two steals, and one block. It was smooth sailing for the Raptors after a lopsided third quarter of play, where they outscored the Grizzlies, 45-14.

Lowry and the Raptors were back in action on Tuesday night, tipping off the NBA slate with a game against the Sacramento Kings. Lowry had 19 points, four rebounds, nine assists, and a block in the 120-105 victory.

Up Next: @ Indiana on Wednesday, Jan. 23, at 7 p.m. ET

Jalen Brunson

Jalen Brunson continues to get big minutes off the bench for the Mavericks. Although Dallas lost both of its games over the long weekend, Brunson was pretty productive.

In Saturday’s 116-106 loss to the Indiana Pacers, Brunson logged 22 minutes. During that time he compiled 12 points (5-of-9 shooting), three rebounds, and four assists.

On Monday, against the Milwaukee Bucks, he was inserted into the starting five. Through 30 minutes of action in the 111-99 loss, he finished with 16 points, three rebounds, and five assists.

Brunson and the Mavs played host to the Los Angeles Clippers on Tuesday night. Unfortunately for Brunson it was a quiet outing, only playing three minutes. He didn’t log any stats, but the Mavericks did enjoy a 106-98 win.

Up Next: vs. Detroit on Friday, Jan. 25, at 8:30 p.m. ET

Mikal Bridges

It was a tough weekend stretch of back-to-back games for Mikal Bridges and the Phoenix Suns. On Saturday, they lost, 135-115, against the Charlotte Hornets. Bridges had nine points (3-of-8 shooting), one rebound, one assists, and three steals.

The following day, Sunday, the Suns lost a much closer game to the Minnesota Timberwolves, 116-114. Bridges scored three points, sinking one of three shot attempts. He also had three steals.

The Suns had a chance to avenge Sunday’s loss on Tuesday, but they were unsuccessful. Minnesota didn’t make it close this time around, as the Timberwolves prevailed, 118-91. Bridges played 28 minutes in the starting lineup, scoring seven points, dishing out four assists, and getting one steal and a block.

Up Next: vs. Portland on Thursday, Jan. 24, at 9 p.m. ET

Ryan Arcidiacono

Ryan Arcidiacono and the Bulls split their games over the holiday weekend, losing 117-103 against the Miami Heat on Saturday. However, they came back on Monday to win, 104-88, over the Cleveland Cavaliers.

Against Miami, Arcidiacono logged 19 minutes off the bench. He had eight points (2-of-3 shooting), one rebound, three assists, and a pair of steals.

Two days later, against the Cavaliers, he played more of a facilitator role. Through 19 minutes of action, he had three points, five assists, and a steal.

Up Next: vs. Atlanta on Wednesday, Jan. 23, at 8 p.m. ET

Dante Cunningham

Dante Cunningham saw limited action over the weekend. In the Spurs’ 103-95 loss to the Clippers, he played five minutes. He didn’t take a single shot, but he did have one assist and a block.

Up Next: @ Philadelphia on Wednesday, Jan. 23, at 8 p.m. ET (ESPN)

Josh Hart

Josh Hart’s shooting woes continued in the Lakers’ 138-134 loss to the Houston Rockets on Saturday. Through 26 minutes of action, he had seven points (3-of-10 shooting), five rebounds, and two assists.

On Monday, with Lonzo Ball sustaining an injury, Hart was re-inserted into the starting lineup. He made both of his shot takes en route to a six-point game. He also had two rebounds and an assist. He was mostly hampered by foul trouble in the Lakers’ 130-111 loss to the Warriors.

Up Next: vs. Minnesota on Thursday, Jan. 24, at 10:30 p.m. ET (TNT)

Omari Spellman

With Dewayne Dedmon back from injury, Spellman was relegated back to the bench. He played a decent amount in the Hawks’ losses to the Boston Celtics (113-105) on Saturday, and then to the Orlando Magic (122-103) on Monday.

Against the Celtics, Spellman logged 15 minutes off the bench. He had six points (2-of-3 shooting), seven rebounds, and a block.

In the game with Orlando, he finished with just three rebounds during a 17-minute outing, where he didn’t take a single shot.

Up Next: @ Chicago on Wednesday, Jan. 23, at 8 p.m. ET


Wednesday’s Slate

Four Wildcats in action to help you get over Hump Day (all times ET)—

  • Ryan Arcidiacono: Atlanta at Chicago, 8 p.m.
  • Dante Cunningham: San Antonio at Philadelphia, 8 p.m. (ESPN)
  • Kyle Lowry: Toronto at Indiana, 7 p.m.
  • Omari Spellman: Atlanta at Chicago, 8 p.m.