Feb. 14, 2012
Each week, uclabruins.com will update and highlight select UCLA players' progress during the current NBA season. Games highlighted are from Feb. 6-12.
Russell Westbrook (fourth season with Oklahoma City, 21-6, first-place Western Conference/NW Div.) - Was named the Western Conference Player of the Week for his efforts from Feb. 6-12. During that time frame, Oklahoma City was 3-1, with a season-record of 21-6 overall (best in the NBA). Westbrook during those four games averaged 39.0 minutes, 30.0 points, 6.0 rebounds, 5.3 assists and 2.5 steals. He scored over 30 points twice - 31 in Oklahoma City's 119, at Golden State 116 victory on Feb. 7 and a game-high 33 points on Feb. 9 when Oklahoma City lost at Sacramento 106-101. For the season, Westbrook has started all 27 games, averaging 35.1 minutes, 4.9 rebounds, team-leading 5.7 assists and 2.0 steals and 22.9 points per game (No. 2 team scorer).
This week's Oklahoma City schedule - Feb. 14 - Utah, Feb. 15 - at Houston, Feb. 17 - Golden State.
Arron Afflalo (fifth NBA season, third with Denver Nuggets, 16-12, second-place Western Conference/NW Div.) - The Nuggets have been plagued with injuries and were 1-3 last week. But Afflalo had two high-scoring games - on Feb.9 in a 109-101 loss at Golden State, he had a season and team-high 26 points, and on Feb. 11 when Denver won at Indiana, 113-109, snapping a five-game losing streak, he had 23 points, five rebounds and two assists. For the season, Afflalo has started 25 (of 25 games), averaging 30.2 minutes, 2.6 rebounds, 1.6 assists and 11.6 points per game.
This week's Denver schedule - Feb. 14 - Phoenix, Feb. 15- at Dallas, Feb. 17 - at Memphis, Feb. 19 - at Oklahoma City.
Trevor Ariza (eighth NBA season, second with New Orleans Hornets, 4-23, fifth-place Western Conference/SW Div.) - Although the Hornets lost their eighth consecutive game on Feb. 10 (Portland 94, at New Orleans 86), Ariza started the game and played 46 minutes, with a team-high 23 points, game-high nine rebounds, five assists and two steals. For the season, he has started 19 of 19 games, averaging 34.7 minutes, 5.6 rebounds, 3.2 assists, 1.5 steals and 11.5 points per game.
This week's New Orleans schedule - Feb. 13- Utah, Feb. 15 - at Milwaukee, Feb. 17 - at New York.
Matt Barnes (ninth NBA season, second with Los Angeles Lakers, 16-12, second-place Western Conference/Pacific Div.) - The Lakers ended their recent six-game road trip with a 3-3 record. Off the bench, Barnes is the Lakers' leading scorer (7.0ppg) and rebounder (4.6rpg). On Feb. 9, when the Lakers won at Boston 88-87 (OT), Barnes played 17 minutes with 11 points, four rebounds and one assist. His season stats are 26 games (16 starts), 21.9 minutes, 4.6 rebounds, 1.7 assists and 7.0 points per game.
This week's Laker schedule - Feb. 14 - Atlanta, Feb. 17- Phoenix, Feb. 19 - at Phoenix.
Darren Collison (third NBA season, second with Indiana Pacers, 17-10, second-place Eastern Conference/Central Div.) - On Feb. 7, when Indiana defeated Utah, 104-99 in Indianapolis, Collison started and played 36 minutes, with a game-high 25 points, five rebounds and team-high five assists. Collison's season statistics - started all 27 games, averaging 34.0 minutes, 3.3 rebounds, team-leading 5.5 assists and 11.4 points per game.
This week's Pacers' schedule - Feb. 14- Miami, Feb. 15 -at Cleveland, Feb. 16- New Jersey, Feb. 19 - Charlotte.
Jordan Farmar (sixth NBA season, second with Nets, 8-21, fifth-place Eastern Conference/Atlantic Div.) - Started his second game of the season on Feb. 10, with 14 points and three assists, when New Jersey lost at Detroit 109-92 on Feb. 10 (fifth consecutive loss). On Feb. 8, when Detroit won at New Jersey 99-92, Farmar came off the bench and scored 22 points, with three assists and a game-high tying two steals. He's appeared in 27 games (two starts), averaging 22.7 minutes, 1.7 rebounds, 3.6 assists and 11.1 point per game.
This week's New Jersey schedule - Feb. 15- Memphis, Feb. 16 - at Indiana, Feb. 18 - at Chicago, Feb. 19 - Milwaukee.
Jrue Holiday (third NBA season with Philadelphia 76ers, 19-9, first-place Eastern Conference/Atlantic Div.) - On Feb. 11, when Philadelphia won at Cleveland 99-84, snapping a two-game losing streak, Holiday started and played 34 minutes, with a game-high tying 20 points, four rebounds, team-high tying five assists, with one blocked shot and steal. He's started all 28 games, with a team-leading 35.4 minutes, 3.2 rebounds, 4.9 assists, 1.6 steals and 13.9 point per game (No. 2 in team scoring).
This week's Philadelphia schedule - Feb. 13- at Charlotte, Feb. 15- at Orlando, Feb. 17 - Dallas, Feb. 19 - at Minnesota.
Kevin Love (fourth season with Minnesota Timberwolves, 13-15, fifth-place Western Conference/NW Div.) - After missing two games because of the NBA suspension, Love returned on Feb. 10. Minnesota lost at Dallas, 104-97, and he started and played 40 minutes with a team-high 32 points, game-high 12 rebounds and three assists. The next night, Minnesota hosted New York and lost, 100-98, for the Timberwolves' third consecutive defeat. Love started and played 43 minutes with a game-high 32 points and game-high/season-high 21 rebounds. He has five double-doubles in a row and 26 season double-doubles. Love has started 26 games, averaging a team-leading 39.6 minutes, 13.9 rebounds and 25.6 points, with 1.7 assists and 1.0 steals.
This week's Minnesota schedule - Feb. 13 - at Orlando, Feb. 15 - Charlotte, Feb. 17 - at Houston, Feb. 19 - Philadelphia.
NBA/Bruin Statistical Leaders
Kevin Love, Minnesota Timberwolves - through 25 games, NBA fourth-leading scorer 25.3ppg and second leading rebounder 13.6rpg
Russell Westbrook, Oklahoma City - through 27 games, NBA sixth-leading scorer 22.9ppg and fourth in steals (2.07)
Jordan Farmar, New Jersey - through 26 games, NBA fifth-leading three-point shooter (39-83, .470)
Forward Kevin Love (Minnesota) and guard Russell Westbrook (Oklahoma City) were both added as reserves for the NBA All-Star Game. Love and Westbrook were also participants in the 2011 NBA All Star game. The 61st NBA All-Star game will be held in Orlando, FL on Sunday, Feb. 26 (4 p.m. PST/TV: TNT)
NBA/Bruin Injury Update
New York's Baron Davis (bulging back disc) and Minnesota's Malcolm Lee (left knee torn meniscus), because of their injuries, have not appeared in a game this season.