Tar Heels In The NBA, Dec. 10
compiled by Andrew Tie
Box Score of the week
With Zach Randolph out, Ed Davis got the start last Tuesday against the Suns. He responded well to the increased playing time, putting up 21 points, 12 rebounds, one assist and two blocks on 8-of-11 shooting from the floor. The points and rebounds were both season highs for Davis. He's gone through some odd patches of having playing time and not so far, but perhaps his recent games can show that he deserve to be on the floor more even as Randolph returns.
Player on the rise
John Henson has benefitted from some injuries in the Bucks frontcourt. He posted some big numbers in the last week, highlighted by his game against the Wizards. Henson had 19 points, 17 rebounds, 4 assists and one block on 8-of-10 shooting from the field. His Player Efficiency Rating (PER) right now is 19.51-15 on the scale is average, and 30 is closer to LeBron James-so Henson is playing pretty well at the moment. With Larry Sanders and Zaza Pachulia continuing to battle injuries, Henson should continue to have time on the floor to put up these numbers.
Multiple UNC alums have gotten injured in the last week. First, Brendan Haywood continues to sit out due to a stress fracture in his foot that he sustained before the season. Brandan Wright has also been out with a fracture in his shoulder, but he practiced Friday and could return Wednesday against Golden State.
As for guys who have been playing this year, Ty Lawson strained his hamstring on Friday and has missed at least one game. Reggie Bullock may have suffered a high ankle sprain on Saturday and could be out for a while. Ed Davis, after posting that big game, hurt his ankle on Thursday and missed at least one game. Tyler Hansbrough suffered a shoulder sprain Friday and missed Sunday's game, though it doesn't appear too serious. And Marvin Williams has missed at least three games due to inflammation in his heel, but he is still day-to-day.
Upcoming games to watch
The Knicks aren't the best team to watch right now, but Raymond Felton is still playing, so that's a reason to tune in to ESPN Wednesday night at 8 p.m. to see the Knicks play the Bulls.
The Warriors will have two national games this week. Following the Knicks game on Wednesday, Harrison Barnes and the Warriors will host Dallas with Wayne Ellington and Vince Carter. On Friday, Golden State hosts Houston at 10:30 p.m. on ESPN.
Statistics from Tar Heels
Harrison Barnes, Golden State SF - 13.3 ppg, 3.5 rpg, 1.8 apg
Reggie Bullock, Los Angeles Clippers SG - 2.7 ppg, 1.4 rpg, 0.2 apg
Vince Carter, Dallas SG - 10.7 ppg, 3.6 rpg, 2.5 apg
Ed Davis, Memphis PF - 5.9 ppg, 4.3 rpg, 0.9 bpg
Wayne Ellington, Dallas SG - 2.4 ppg, 0.7 rpg, 0.3 apg
Raymond Felton, New York PG - 10.6 ppg, 2.5 rpg, 5.3 apg
Danny Green, San Antonio SG - 7.5 ppg, 1.3 apg, 3.3 rpg
Tyler Hansbrough, Toronto PF - 6.4 ppg, 6.1 rpg, 0.3 bpg
John Henson, Milwaukee PF - 11.3 ppg, 7 rpg, 2.1 bpg
Ty Lawson, Denver PG - 19.3 ppg, 3.7 rpg, 8 apg
Tyler Zeller, Cleveland C - 2.4 ppg, 1.9 rpg, 0.2 bpg
Marvin Williams, Utah PF - 10.4 ppg, 5.2 rpg, 0.4 bpg