May 13, 2013; Memphis, TN, USA; Memphis Grizzlies small forward Tayshaun Prince (21) prepares to take a shot in game four of the second round of the 2013 NBA Playoffs against the Oklahoma City Thunder at FedEx Forum. Mandatory Credit: Spruce Derden-USA TODAY Sports

Former Kentucky Wildcats in the NBA: 5-14-2013 Edition

There were two playoff games that took place last night for the NBA.  The Miami Heat played the Chicago Bulls and the Oklahoma City Thunder took on the Memphis Grizzlies.  There was a total of three former Wildcats in those games.  Let’s see how each of them performed.

Miami Heat 88 – Chicago Bulls 65

Marquis Teague, Guard, Chicago

Nazr Mohammed, Center, Chicago

The Bulls have been short-handed throughout the playoffs.  Especially in this series with the Heat as Kirk Hinrich, Luol Deng, and Derrick Rose have sat out.  Last night it seemed that fatigue had set in for the Bulls and the Heat took advantage.  The Heat are a very deep team and were simply too much for the Bulls to handle.  Teague has seen extended minutes in Rose’s absence and had 3 assists and a rebound yesterday.  Mohammed returned from being ejected in the previous game and recorded 2 points, 2 rebounds, and a blocked shot.  The Heat now lead the series 3-1 and game 5 will be played this Wednesday at 7 p.m. in Miami.

Memphis Grizzlies 103 – Oklahoma City Thunder 97  (OT)

Tayshaun Prince, Forward, Memphis

The Thunder had the Grizzlies right where they wanted them in the first half.  The Thunder had a 17-point lead and were on track to even the series at 2-2.  However, the Grizzlies had other plans.  The Grizzlies went on a 19-10 run to end the first half to only trail by 8 points at halftime.  Memphis then came all the way back to force overtime.  The Thunder have struggled without Russell Westbrook (knee) and couldn’t keep up with the Grizzlies in overtime.  Prince contributed 8 points, 5 assists, and 4 rebounds.  The Grizzlies now lead the series 3-1 and game 5 will be played this Wednesday at 8:30 p.m. in Oklahoma City.

The second round of the NBA playoffs will continue tonight with two more games.  The New York Knicks will play the Indiana Pacers and the Golden State Warriors will take on the San Antonio Spurs.

 

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