There are currently no Oregon Ducks on any of the rosters of the remaining NBA teams in the 2012 playoffs but there are still plenty of Pac-12 players remaining. In the games that were played between the Memphis Grizzlies vs. the Los Angeles Clippers and the Indiana Pacers vs. the Miami Heat, seven Pac-12 alumni were involved in both games. The Clippers eliminated the Grizzlies in a game seven with a 82-72 victory in Memphis while the Heat defeated the Pacers in Miami by a 95-86 score.
The Memphis Grizzlies had the most Pac-12 members in action today with a roster that included Gilbert Arenas (Arizona), O.J. Mayo (USC) and Quincy Pondexter (Washington). Arenas only played a total of three minutes today going 0/1 from the field. Mayo played twenty-five minutes off the bench and didn’t fare that well. Mayo went 1/11 from the field with seven rebounds and four points. Pondexter also came off the bench and scored three points in thirteen minutes.
The Clippers will meet the San Antonio Spurs in the Semi-Final round of the Western Conference which features two former Pac-12 members. Chauncey Billups (Colorado) has been out the majority of the season after tearing his Achilles. Nick Young (USC) had a very good game off the bench today. Young played twenty minutes and went 3/8 from the field which included two made three-point field goals. Young contributed thirteen points along with two rebounds and an assist to lead the Clippers to victory.
The Indiana Pacers have two former Pac-12 players on their roster, Darren Collison (UCLA) and Jeff Pendergraph (Arizona State). Collison had a solid game coming off the bench scoring ten points on 4/8 shooting with six assists in his twenty-three minutes of playing time. Pendergraph did not play due to a coaching decision. The Miami Heat do not have any players from the Pac-12 on their roster.
The Los Angeles Lakers – Oklahoma City Thunder series features four players from the Pac-12. Those players are James Harden (Arizona), Russell Westbrook (UCLA), Matt Barnes (UCLA) and Jordan Hill (Arizona).
The final Eastern Conference series matches the Boston Celtics and Philadelphia 76ers with the Celtics currently up one game. Ryan Hollins (UCLA) is on the Celtic roster while the 76ers feature four players from out West. The 76ers have the largest contingent of Pac-12 players with four. The players are Spencer Hawes (Washington), Jrue Holiday (UCLA), Andre Iguodala (Arizona) and Nikola Vucevic (USC).
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