Before the game, there was some question about whether Neal would be able to play after fighting through an ankle injury.
“We would've had one bench player if I was sitting,” Neal said. “So I'm glad I could get back for that one. It's feeling better every day.”
With backup point guard Je'lon Hornbeak out for more than a month with a broken foot, Kruger thought he might need to give Neal some minutes at the point if either Woodard or Isaiah Cousins got in foul trouble or injured.
“It helps tremendously when you've got a guy that can cover you one through five if need be,” Kruger said. “That's pretty rare. At that five spot, he's probably as comfortable as anywhere yet can move out there and play the point. I don't know that he'd want to play point against a quick-attacking perimeter defender necessarily, but he could get us by for sure if we needed to.”