This is the second in our series of seven progress reports throughout the season focusing on smaller chunks of 10 to 11 games each. The order is ascending from the smallest contribution to the biggest, calculated by taking each player's PER over the last 11 games and multiplying it by the minutes that he played. The statline reflects total statistics for the season thus far, and the PER has been adjusted to reflect the period since I published the first progress report. The write up will focus on individual game efforts and overall impact.
Joel Anthony: Six games, 30 minutes, 1-for-4 field goals, two points, five rebounds (two offensive), four blocks, -28.4 PER
The Warden played a total of four minutes through the last 11 games. He missed his only two shots and turned the ball over once, also committing a foul.
Udonis Haslem: 12 games, 157 minutes, 14-for-31 field goals, 7-for-12 free throws, 35 points, 26 rebounds (seven offensive), two assists, two steals, two blocks, 6.7 PER
After a 12 day layoff to deal with back spasms, UD rejoined the HEAT on the court on November 19th, in Miami's 104-88 win against Atlanta. He sunk 3-of-4 shots in just under eight minutes, making his only foul shot and making one rebound before fouling out with seven points. He played 5:55 the following night against the Magic, making his only field goal attempt and three-of-four from the charity stripe with a steal and a foul. He didn't play again until Miami's seven point win over the Raptors on the 29th of November, making one-of-two from the field with a rebound and a turnover. He saw his most extensive game action of the season four days ago in Miami's loss to the Bulls, when he played 25:55 and scored one point on two free throws, missing all three shots from the field and making four rebounds (one offensive) with an assist, a block, and three fouls. He played 4:33 in the win over the Wolves on Saturday, making one foul. Last night, he appeared for 8:22 against Detroit, making one-of-two shots with three boards, a turnover and a foul.
James Jones: Seven games, 58 minutes, 8-of-21 field goals, 8-of-16 three-pointers, 3-of-5 free throws, 27 points, five rebounds, four assists, one block, one steal, 15.7 PER.
Jones has languished on the bench for 14 of Miami's first 21 games, but has responded well when called upon. After making two-of-three long distance shots in 15:58 against Atlanta on November 19th, he came in the next night and sunk five-of-seven bombs against the Magic in a 28-point HEAT win, scoring 17 in 20 minutes. Since then, he has played four times for a total of 18:53, missing all six shots that he's taken. It's notable that he's shooting 50% from three-point distance, while missing all five of his shorter shots.
Roger Mason Jr: Nine games, 117 minutes, 16-of-35 field goals, 11-of-23 three-pointers, three-of-three free throws, 46 points, nine rebounds (one offensive), eight assists, three steals, one block, 15.1 PER.
Mason played 72 minutes over six games out of the current stretch, scoring 34 points while hitting half of his shots from every distance. His most impressive performance came in last night's game, when he scored 12 points by hitting four-of-six three-pointers with a rebound and two assists in 23 minutes off the bench in Miami's 110-95 win against the Pistons.
Shane Battier: 20 games, 424 minutes, 32-of-83 field goals, 20-of-63 three-pointers, 12-of-20 free throws, 91 points, 37 rebounds (six offensive), 12 assists, 12 steals, 14 blocks, 7.9 PER.
Since opening the season with 14 points and four-of-four three-pointers, Battier hasn't scored more than eight or hit more than two long distance bombs. His three-point (.317) and overall (.386) shooting percentages, if maintained, will represent the worst figures of his 13 season NBA career.
Rashard Lewis: 20 games, 369 minutes, 32-of-74 field goals, 17-of-46 three-pointers, 9-of-13 free throws, 90 points, 49 rebounds, (nine offensive), 26 assists, 22 steals, two blocks, 8.0 PER.
Lewis has been a 19 minute per game guy for the HEAT through this stretch of the season. On November 19th, he made five steals against the Hawks in 26 minutes. After making just one-of-13 three-pointers from then until December 3rd, he's made six of his last 11 from deep. He put up 10 points on Saturday against the Wolves, then nine last night versus the Pistons.
Norris Cole: 21 games, 510 minutes, 60-of-134 field goals, 16-of-37 three-pointers, 10-of-12 foul shots, 146 points, 62 rebounds (four offensive), 72 assists, 16 steals, two blocks, 9.0 PER
Cole is Miami's shot in the arm off the bench, and the yang to primary PG Mario Chalmers ying. One of only two HEAT players to have appeared in every game so far, he has been known to occasionally burn from coast to coast through every opposing player for a layup. He dished out nine assists against the Hawks on November 19th, in Miami's 16 point win. Later, he scored a season high 12 points on Thursday in Miami's loss to the Bulls, hitting five-of-nine from the field with six assists.
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