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NBA Wildcat Watch (Dec. 26-29)

Get caught up on the weekend’s action in NBA, then prepare for a couple of Wildcat vs. Wildcat games.

Phoenix Suns v Los Angeles Lakers Photo by Andrew D. Bernstein/NBAE via 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 caught up on the NBA Wildcats’ weekend. We also have eight of the nine ‘Cats scheduled to play again on Tuesday night.

Omari Spellman

Spellman continued to be out with knee soreness and didn’t play in the Knicks’ loss to the Philadelphia 76ers and their blowout win over the Milwaukee Bucks.

He’s is also listed as out for Tuesday’s game against Cleveland.

Up Next: at Toronto on Thursday, Dec. 31, at 7:30 p.m. ET

Eric Paschall

After a couple of quiet games to start the season, Paschall was relegated to the bench for Sunday’s game against the Chicago Bulls. The move might have been a wake-up call, as Paschall had his best game yet. He had 15 points on 4-of-8 shooting, two boards, two assists, and two steals through 19 minutes of action. The Warriors won a close one, 129-128.

On Tuesday night, the Warriors beat the Detroit Pistons, 116-106. Paschall logged 13 minutes off the bench and finished with 10 points, two boards, and one assist.

Up Next: vs. Portland on Friday, Jan. 1, at 10:30 p.m. ET (NBA TV)

Saddiq Bey

Bey logged just six minutes in Detroit’s 128-119 overtime loss to the Cleveland Cavaliers. He grabbed two rebounds.

On Monday night, after seeing only a few minutes here and there for the first couple of games, Bey was surprised with a spot in the starting lineup. He made the most of his first career start. Don’t let the cold-shooting night fool you, he looked solid — especially in the first half — and is ready to hang at this level. He finished with 10 points (3-of-11 shooting), seven boards, one assist, and no turnovers in 30 minutes of Detroit’s 128-120 loss to Atlanta.

He and the Pistons lost to the Warriors, 116-106. Bey was back on the bench on Tuesday night. He shot 3-of-5 from deep en route to an 11-point and three-rebound performance through 15 minutes of action.

Up Next: vs. Boston on Friday, Jan. 1, at 7 p.m. ET

Kyle Lowry

The San Antonio Spurs rallied late to beat Lowry and the Raptors, 119-114, on Saturday. It wasn’t a great shooting performance from Lowry, who had 16 points on 6-of-15 shooting, but he also had 10 assists and a pair of steals.

Lowry returned home on Tuesday night, as Toronto headed on the road to play the Sixers at the Wells Fargo Center. The Raptors lost to the Philadelphia 76ers, 100-93. He had 24 points, eight boards, nine assists, and a steal.

Up Next: vs. New York on Thursday, Dec. 31, at 7:30 p.m. ET

Ryan Arcidiacono

Arcidiacono logged eight minutes in the Bulls’ 125-106 loss to the Pacers on Saturday night. He chipped in five points, three boards, and two assists.

Arcidiacono didn’t play in the Bulls’ 129-128 loss to the Warriors on Sunday.

He also didn’t play in the 115-107 loss to the Washington Wizards on Tuesday.

Up Next: vs. Washington, on Thursday, Dec. 31, at 5 p.m. ET

Donte DiVincenzo

DiVincenzo and the Bucks took a surprising loss to the Knicks, after sweeping them and winning all three meetings last season by 21 or more points. They lost on Sunday, 130-110, at Madison Square Garden.

DiVincenzo had 10 points on 4-of-7 shooting, with two boards and an assist.

Milwaukee bounced back with a dominant 144-97 road win against the Miami Heat on Tuesday. The Bucks set the record for most three-pointers made by a team in a game, with 29.

DiVincenzo had 17 points and went 5-for-6 from long range. He also had a rebound, two assists, and a pair of steals in the winning effort. He also hit the three to set a new Bucks record for most threes in a game.

Up Next: at Miami, on Wednesday, Dec. 30, at 7:30 p.m. (NBA TV)

Josh Hart

The New Orleans Pelicans held off the San Antonio Spurs to win 98-95 on Sunday night. Hart came off the bench and supplied a double-double, scoring 12 points (3-of-6 shooting) with 10 rebounds win the winning effort.

Hart and the Pelicans lost against Bridges and the Suns, 111-86. Hart came off the bench, chipping in three points (1-of-2 shooting) and six rebounds.

Up Next: at Oklahoma City on Thursday, Dec. 31, at 8 p.m. ET

Mikal Bridges

On Saturday, the Suns lost a close one to the Sacramento Kings, 106-103. Bridges had nine points, three rebounds, one assist, one steal, and three blocks.

Bridges and the Suns roared back with a win the following day on Sunday, beating the Kings in a rematch, 116-100. It was a great all-around game for Bridges who was hot beyond the arc, hitting four three-pointers en route to a team-high 22-point game. He also had seven boards, one assist, and a block.

The Suns won in the Tuesday nightcap against Hart and the Pelicans, 111-86. Bridges had 13 points, seven boards, and two steals, as well as a game-high plus/minus rating of +31.

Up Next: at Utah on Thursday, Dec. 31, at 9 p.m. ET (NBA TV)

Jalen Brunson

There weren’t any typos, the Dallas Mavericks did lead the Los Angeles Clippers at halftime, 77-27. They went on to defeat the Kawhi-less Clippers, 124-73, on Sunday afternoon.

Brunson came off the bench and had 11 points on 4-of-6 shooting, with two rebounds and three assists through 13 minutes of gametime.

Dallas doesn’t play on Tuesday, but will be back at it on Wednesday.

Up Next: vs. Charlotte on Wednesday, Dec. 30, 8:30 p.m. ET.

Wednesday’s Slate

Only two Wildcats in action on Wednesday night: Donte DiVincenzo (Milwaukee Bucks) and Jalen Brunson (Dallas Mavericks).

  • Jalen Brunson: vs. Charlotte, at 8:30 p.m. ET
  • Donte DiVincenzo: at Miami, at 7:30 p.m. ET (NBA TV)