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UCLA basketball: Tyler Honeycutt gets X-ray on right elbow

January 18, 2011 |  3:45 pm

UCLA sophomore forward Tyler Honeycutt's dramatic dip in production over his last 11 games might be attributable to more than an extended shooting slump.

Honeycutt underwent an X-ray on his right elbow Tuesday and acknowledged that the area was still bothering him 1 1/2 months after he fell during the first half against Kansas on Dec. 2.

"Some weeks it will really hurt a lot," said Honeycutt, who is taking medication to manage the pain. "Lately, when I'm going to shoot not warmed up, I can barely get the ball to the rim."

Honeycutt scored 33 points against the Jayhawks, bringing his scoring average to 17.7 points on 54.8% shooting. In the last 11 games, he has averaged 10.9 points on 36.7% shooting.

Honeycutt said he was experiencing a sharp pain in the elbow whenever he squeezed or pushed with his right hand. But he said his right shoulder, which he injured against Montana State on Dec. 21, was feeling better.

Honeycutt is expected to be in the starting lineup as usual when UCLA (11-6 overall, 3-2 Pacific 10 Conference) plays host to California (9-8, 2-3) on Thursday night at Pauley Pavilion.

--Ben Bolch