DURHAM, N.C. – With the NBA Playoffs underway, several former Duke players are fighting to keep their seasons alive, while Shane Battier and the Heat are moving on to the second round. In Chicago, Luol Deng and Carlos Boozer are trying to lift the Bulls to a series win over Brooklyn and advance to face the Heat in the conference semifinals. JJ Redick, Mike Dunleavy and Chris Duhon are the former Blue Devils to have their teams be eliminated.
Forward - Miami Heat
Drafted: 1st Round (6th pick) by the Memphis Grizzlies (2001)
2012-13 Regular Season Stats: 72 games, 6.6 PPG, 2.3 RPG, 1.0 APG, 0.6 SPG, 0.8 BPG
2012-13 Playoff Stats: 4 games, 5.0 PPG, 2.0 RPG, 0.8 APG, 0.0 SPG, 0.0 BPG
Battier will make his second consecutive appearance in the second round of the NBA Playoffs, after the Heat eliminated the Bucks in the opening round in four games. Battier enjoyed his best game of the series in Game 2, a 98-86 victory. In the game, the forward tallied 10 points on 2-of-5 shooting from three in 24 minutes of playing time. In the first game of the series, Battier scored five points, three rebounds and one assist in 24 minutes of playing time. Battier and the Heat will face the winner of the Nets vs. Bulls series in the second round of the postseason.
Forward - Chicago Bulls
Drafted: 2nd Round (35th pick) by the Cleveland Cavaliers (2002)
2012-13 Regular Season Stats: 79 games, 16.2 PPG, 9.8 RPG, 2.3 APG, 0.8 SPG, 0.4 BPG
2012-13 Playoff Stats: 5 games, 18.2 PPG, 10.8 RPG, 2.6 APG, 0.6 SPG, 0.0 BPG
Boozer continued to be a dominant presence for the Bulls in their first round series against Brooklyn. In five games, Boozer has recorded 10 or more points in each game and a double-double in three contests. His best performance of the series came in Game 3 in Chicago where he scored 22 points to go along with 16 rebounds. In a triple overtime thriller in Game 4, Boozer scored 21 points in 50 minutes of playing time. In the first round of the playoffs, Boozer ranks second in minutes played and first in double-doubles. Chicago leads the series, 3-2, with Game 6 scheduled for Thursday at 8:00 p.m. on TNT.
Forward - Chicago Bulls
Drafted: 1st Round (7th pick) by the Phoenix Suns (2004)\
2012-13 Stats: 75 games, 16.5 PPG, 6.3 RPG, 3.0 APG, 1.1 SPG, 0.4 BPG
Chicago’s leading scorer this season, Deng has been a leader for the Bulls all season and the playoffs have been no different. Deng led the Bulls to a 142-134 win over Brooklyn in Game 4 of the series, as he posted 15 points, eight rebounds and six assists in 57 minutes of playing time. The forward has posted two double-doubles in the series, including 21 points and 10 boards in Chicago’s 79-76 win in Game 3. As he did all throughout the regular season, Deng leads the NBA in minutes played during the postseason, while ranking 18th in assists.
Guard - Los Angeles Lakers
Drafted: 2nd Round (38th pick) by the Chicago Bulls (2004)
2012-13 Regular Season Stats: 46 games, 2.9 PPG, 1.5 RPG, 2.9 APG, 0.4 SPG, 0.0 BPG
2012-13 Playoff Stats: 2 games, 5.5 PPG, 1.5 RPG, 3.5 APG, 1.0 SPG, 0.5 BPG
Duhon appeared in two games of the postseason for the Lakers. His best performance in the series against the Spurs came in Game 4, Duhon totaled 11 points, two rebounds, seven assists and one block in 43 minutes of playing time. He also played in Game 3 of the series, totaling two steals and one rebound in 25 minutes of game action. Duhon’s season has come to an end, as the Lakers were defeated in four games by the Spurs.
Forward - Milwaukee Bucks
Drafted: 1st Round (3rd pick) by the Golden State Warriors (2002)
2012-13 Regular Season Stats: 67 games, 10.4 PPG, 4.0 RPG, 1.8 APG, 0.5 SPG, 0.5 BPG
2012-13 Playoff Stats: 4 games, 12.3 PPG, 4.0 RPG, 2.0 APG, 0.5 SPG, 0.0 BPG
Following a successful regular season, Mike Dunleavy continued his good play in the first round of the NBA Playoffs. Dunleavy’s best game of the series against Miami came in Game 4, an 88-77 loss. Dunleavy finished second on the team in scoring with 17 points in the contest and 3-of-6 from three. In addition, Dunleavy totaled five rebounds to go along with one assist in 28 minutes of playing time. In Game 2, Dunleavy scored 16 points on 6-of-9 shooting from the floor, while recording six rebounds and five assists.
Forward - Los Angeles Clippers
Drafted: 1st Round (3rd pick) by the Detroit Pistons (1994)
2012-13 Stats: 29 games, 3.2 PPG, 1.7 RPG, 0.9 APG, 0.4 SPG, 0.2 BPG
Hill has not played for the Clippers in the postseason, as Memphis leads the series, 3-2. Hill owns a season-high eight points this season on Jan. 14 at Memphis. Game 6 is scheduled to be played Friday in Memphis on ESPN.
Guard/Forward – Atlanta Hawks
Drafted: 1st Round (20th pick) by the Boston Celtics (2003)
2012-13 Regular Season Stats: 78 games, 3.4 PPG, 1.3 RPG, 0.6 APG, 0.3 SPG, 0.1 BPG
2012-13 Playoff Stats: 3 games, 0.7 PPG, 0.3 RPG, 0.0 APG, 0.0 SPG, 0.0 BPG
Jones has played in three games in the NBA postseason with his top performance coming in Game 2 of the series. In the game, Jones played nine minutes scoring two points and grabbing one rebound. Indiana leads the series, 3-2.
Forward - Indiana Pacers
Drafted: 1st Round (26th pick) by the Indiana Pacers (2012)
2012-13 NBA Stats: 11 games, 0.6 PPG, 1.5 RPG, 0.2 APG, 0.0 SPG, 0.2 BPG
2012-13 D-League Stats: 15 games, 11.2 PPG, 10.2 RPG, 1.2 APG, 0.8 SPG, 1.9 BPG
Plumlee has not played for the Pacers in the playoffs, as Indiana leads the series, 3-2. In his rookie season, Plumlee played in 11 games throughout the regular season scoring a season-high four points. He bounced back-and-forth to the D-League throughout the season with the Fort Wayne Mad Ants.
Forward – Boston Celtics
2012-13 Regular Season Stats: 16 games, 4.2 PPG, 4.4 RPG, 0.3 APG, 0.5 SPG, 0.4 BPG
2012-13 Playoff Stats: 1 game, 0.0 PPG, 3.0 RPG, 0.0 APG, 0.0 SPG, 0.0 BPG
Randolph made his first playoff appearance of the season against the Knicks in Game 2, playing three minutes in the contest and recording three rebounds. The Knicks lead the series, 3-2, with Game 6 scheduled for Friday, May 3 in Boston.
Guard – Milwaukee Bucks
Drafted: 1st Round (11th pick) by the Orlando Magic (2006)
2012-13 Regular Season Stats: 78 games, 14.1 PPG, 2.2 RPG, 3.8 APG, 0.5 SPG, 0.1 BPG
2012-13 Playoff Stats: 4 games, 7.3 PPG, 0.8 RPG, 1.3 APG, 0.2 SPG, 0.0 BPG
Redick’s season has come to a close, as the Heat defeated the Bucks in four games. After enjoying a career year, Redick played well for Milwaukee in the postseason, as he posted his best game in Game 3, a 104-91 loss. Redick scored 11 points in the contest on 3-of-6 shooting from three and 17 minutes of playing time. In his final game of the season Sunday, Redick scored 10 points on 5-of-11 shooting and 28 minutes of playing time. Redick will be an unrestricted free agent this upcoming off season.