Two Las Vegas athletes are still alive in the Eastern Conference playoffs
Wed, May 11, 2011 (6:31 p.m.)
Team: Miami Heat
Local tie: UNLV
Remember when: The 6-foot-9 center was a key reserve for the Runnin’ Rebels squad that reached the NCAA Tournament’s Sweet 16 in 2008. Anthony led the team with 109 blocks in 37 games.
Now: The 28-year-old Anthony started Miami’s Game 4 victory over Boston on Monday—alongside LeBron James, Dwyane Wade and Chris Bosh. Through nine playoff games, Anthony was averaging 32 minutes, 5.7 rebounds and 1.7 blocks.
Team: Chicago Bulls
Local tie: Bishop Gorman
Remember when: The Las Vegas native went 85-14 during his three-year varsity career, helping the Gaels to the 2000 and 2002 state championships and earning the Las Vegas Sun’s 2002 State Player of the Year award. The 6-foot-2 guard averaged 26 points and six steals as a senior.
Now: The 27-year-old Watson played in all 82 games during the Bulls’ regular season, shooting 39 percent from the 3-point line and averaging 2.3 assists. The backup to league MVP Derrick Rose scored eight points in last Friday’s Game 3 win over Atlanta.