They weren’t at the 40 Acres for long, but before they jumped to the NBA they hooped it up at Club Erwin on a regular basis. Every week we’ll take a look at how these Longhorns in the NBA fared in the previous week.
Kevin Durant, SF, Golden State—Since scoring just 10 points on Feb. 4, Durant has scored at least 21 points in five straight games entering the All-Star break. He had 24 against the Grizzlies last Friday before scoring 34 against the Thunder. He took another win over former Thunder teammates on Saturday, not without some drama. The Warriors lost for a second time in six games when they fell to the Nuggets 132-110. Durant had 25 in that game before scoring 21 against the Kings. Durant has hit at least one 3-pointer in five straight games. Before his 0 for 6 performance on Feb. 4, he had gone 13 straight games with at least one 3-pointer.
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LaMarcus Aldridge, PF, San Antonio—Aldridge is on a scoring uptick since the beginning of the month. He’s scored at least 15 points in five straight games. He had 23 in the 107-79 win over the Magic on Wednesday. He had 19 points in the 110-106 win over the Pacers two days before that. In the Spurs’ 94-90 surprising loss to the Knicks Aldridge had a double-double, scoring 15 points to go with 10 rebounds. That gave him four straight double-doubles. He had 19 points and 11 boards in the win over the Pistons last Friday.
Myles Turner, C, Indiana—Turner has scored double digits in 18 straight games, though the Pacers are currently on a six-game losing streak. It’s not as bad as it looks as all but one of those losses came to teams with winning records. They fell to the Cavs and the Wizards twice apiece in that stretch. They also lost to the Spurs. Turner scored 17 points and was a rebound shy of a double-double against the Wizards on Thursday. He had 15 and 7 against the Cavs the day before. He scored more than 20 points (22) for the first time since Jan. 26 when he faced the Spurs on Monday. The Saturday before he had 18 points and a season-high six assists. He’s had at least one block in 50 of his 57 games played.
Avery Bradley, PG, Boston—Bradley hasn’t played since Jan. 16th. He’s missed 16 straight games due to soreness in his Achilles. It’s not certain when he’ll return. He’s averaging 17.7 points per game and 6.9 rebounds.
Tristan Thompson, C, Cleveland—Thompson entered the All-Star break with three straight double-doubles. He had 12 points and 12 rebounds int he 113-104 win over the Pacers on Wednesday. He had 14 and 11 the day before against the Timberwolves. In Saturday’s 125-109 win he scored 13 points to along with 13 rebounds.
D.J. Augustin, PG, Orlando—Augustin has posted pretty modest numbers recently. He had six points in the 107-79 loss to the Spurs on Wednesday. He had three points in two straight games before that. He’s averaging 8.4 points per game this season but he’s down to just 6.6 for the month of Feb.
Cory Joseph, G, Toronto—Joseph is back to playing significant minutes, playing in at least 19 for every game since Feb. 6. He had eight points in Sunday’s loss to the Pistons before he scored 10 against the Bulls. The Raptors got back in the win column with a 90-85 victory over the Hornets with Joseph contributing six points and two assists. He’s averaging 6.9 points per game this month and 8.5 on the season.
P.J. Tucker, SF, Phoenix—The Suns have won two of their last four games, which is quite an accomplishment for them. Tucker had nine points and three boards in the 137-101 thrashing of the Lakers on Wednesday. Tucker had a double-double in the previous game as the Suns fell to the Pelicans. He had 11 points and 16 rebounds in the contest. In the 115-97 win over the Bulls on Friday Tucker contributed seven points, seven rebounds and three steals.
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