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NBA Wildcat Watch (February 6)

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San Antonio Spurs v Dallas Mavericks Photo by Tom Pennington/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!

There were four Wildcats in action to get you over the hump on Wednesday night: Ryan Arcidiacono (Chicago Bulls), Jalen Brunson (Dallas Mavericks), Mikal Bridges (Phoenix Suns), and Dante Cunningham (San Antonio Spurs).


Ryan Arcidiacono

Arcidiacono made the most of his 14 minutes of playing time, leading the Bulls with a team-high +6 plus/minus rating in the 125-120 loss to the New Orleans Pelicans.

He finished with three points (1-of-4 shooting, all threes), two rebounds, three assists, and two steals. He also didn’t turn the ball over.

Up Next: @ Brooklyn on Friday, Feb. 8, at 7:30 p.m. ET

Jalen Brunson

While the New York Knicks didn’t hesitate to use some of their newly acquired pieces from the blockbuster trade involving Kristaps Porzingis, the Dallas Mavericks have taken a different approach. In the first game where former Knicks’ players were available and cleared to play, head coach Rick Carlisle opted to stick with familiar faces and continue to give Brunson the starting gig.

It wasn’t a high-scoring night for Brunson in the 99-93 victory over the Charlotte Hornets, but he did have a nice all-around game. Brunson finished with eight points (4-of-11 shooting), seven rebounds, five assists, and a pair of steals.

Up Next: vs. Milwaukee on Friday, Feb. 8, at 8:30 p.m. ET

Mikal Bridges

The Suns lost, 116-88, to the Utah Jazz. Bridges logged a team-high 39 minutes of playing time, finishing with nine points (4-of-7 shooting), three rebounds, two assists, two steals, and a block.

Up Next: vs. Golden State on Friday, Feb. 8, at 9 p.m. ET

Dante Cunningham

Cunningham received a huge uptick in minutes in the Spurs’ 141-102 loss to the Golden State Warriors.

Cunningham added 30 minutes off the bench. He had 11 points (4-of-5 shooting), five rebounds, and one assist.

Up Next: @ Portland on Thursday, Feb. 7, at 10:30 p.m. ET (TNT)


Thursday’s Slate

Just four ‘Cats to look for on Thursday night. We’ll have some rivalry hoops, as well as some Kyle Lowry vs. Omari Spellman action. (All times ET):

  • Kyle Lowry: Toronto at Atlanta, 7:30 p.m.
  • Omari Spellman: Toronto at Atlanta, 7:30 p.m.
  • Josh Hart: Lakers at Boston, 8 p.m. (TNT)
  • Dante Cunningham: San Antonio at Portland, 10:30 p.m. (TNT)