Beno Udrih Injury: Updates on Heat Guard's Neck and Return

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Miami Heat guard Beno Udrih (19) during the first half of an NBA basketball game Friday, Jan. 15, 2016, in Denver. (AP Photo/David Zalubowski)
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The Miami Heat announced on Jan. 17 that point guard Beno Udrih was nursing a neck strain. However, he is ready to return to action.

Continue for updates.

Udrih Active vs. Bulls

Monday, Jan. 25

Ira Winderman of the Sun Sentinel noted Udrih is starting versus the Chicago Bulls.

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Because of the calf injury suffered by starting point guard Goran Dragic, Udrih, whom Miami acquired in the Mario Chalmers trade in November, started the past two games for the Heat.

His last game against the Denver Nuggets on Jan. 15 was his best with the Heat. The 33-year-old recorded a double-double with 11 points and 11 assists without committing a turnover. 

His performance on both sides of the ball drew the praise of head coach Erik Spoelstra, who spoke with Barry Jackson of the Miami Herald.

"He was absolutely in tune with the bench and the game plan, where we wanted the ball to go," Spoelstra said. "Very intuitive. Defensively, he's clever. He knows how to funnel guys into the shot-blocker."

In 24 games with the Heat, Udrih is averaging 3.8 points and 2.6 assists per game.

Stats courtesy of Basketball-Reference.com.


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