Former Miner Julyan Stone got his most NBA minutes (and points) Wednesday night when Denver raced past Sacramento 122-93.
Stone played 20 minutes for the Nuggets, went 3-of-6 from the field and 0-of-2 from beyond the 3-point arc. He finished with six points, five rebounds, two assists, two steals and a block. He also had four turnovers.
Prior to Wednesday, Stone's most significant appearance was back on Jan. 11 when he played six minutes in a win over New Jersey. He did not score but had three assists, no turnovers.
UTEP coach Tim Floyd was not at practice Wednesday. He was home sick. Assistant coach Phil Johnson ran practice.
More than anything, Johnson said he thought Floyd wanted to make sure and not give his illness to any of the players. Very little else would keep Floyd off the practice floor. And he will probably be back in action Thursday.
Meanwhile Wednesday, the players watched film and went over the scouting report on Houston -- just as they would have done with Floyd present.