Once again it’s time to check out the former UNC Basketball players and what they are doing at the next level in this edition of Heels in the Pro’s NBA Style for 10/15/12, where in all there were six games on tap. Of those games a quartet of them had a touch of carolina blue, with one of the match ups having former UNC Basketball players on both benches. With about two weeks before the National Basketball Association begins its season the team are working on their rotation and that means you will see the former Tar Heels getting plenty of playing time. But enough with the chit chat and let’s get going with this edition of Heels in the Pro’s NBA Style for Monday, October 15, 2012…
In the first game of the night it’s the Cleveland Cavaliers [Eastern Conference ~ Central Division] (2-2 in the pre season) hosting the Orlando Magic [Eastern Conference ~ Southeast Division] (0-2 in the pre season). The game, which took about 2 and a half hours, was played at the Quicken Loans in front of a crowd of 5,219 (max capacity: 20,562). For the home team it’s rookie big man Tyler Zeller (@ZellerTyler on twitter), who comes off the bench for 19 minutes in all. In that time the 7 footer scored 10 points (4 for 5 ~ 0 for 0 ~ 2 for 4) to go along with five rebounds, an assist and a game high points differential of +13. As far as the game went it was Cleveland taking this one in overtime, outscoring Orlando 114 to 111. With the win the Cavaliers, who last season were 24th in scoring with a 93.0 ppg, are now 3 and 2 in the pre season. Cleveland will play next on the East coast, as they go to Philadelphia on 10/17.
— Cleveland Cavaliers (@cavs) October 16, 2012
The next game has the Brooklyn Nets [Eastern Conference ~ Atlantic Division] (1-0 in the pre season) hosting the Washington Wizards [Eastern Conference ~ Southeast Division] (1-2 in the pre season) in the first ever game played at the Barclays Center. The game was played in front of an attendance of 14,219 (max capacity: 17,734) and took just under 2 hours and a quarter. For the home squad we have veteran Jerry Stackhouse (@jerrystackhouse on twitter). However the seventeen year veteran did not play in this one… “DNP Coach’s Decision” and it is because of a sore knee that has been keeping the 6’6″ forward on the “day to day” status. In the end it was Brooklyn taking this one by ten points, defeating Washington 98 to 88. With the W the Nets are 2 and 0 in the preseason, and will be taking on the Boston Celtics on the road on the 16th.
— Brooklyn Nets (@BrooklynNets) October 16, 2012
The third game of the night is the one that has former UNC Basketball players on each bench as the Golden State Warriors [Western Conference ~ Pacific Division] (3-0 in the pre season) go to the Mile High City to take on the Dallas Mavericks [Western Conference ~ Southwest Division] (2-0 in the pre season) in the battle of two undefeated teams. The game was played at the Pepsi Center in front of a crowd that numbered 11,621 (max capacity: 19,155). For the squad from the Golden State it’s rookie Harrison Barnes (@HBarnes on twitter), who once again starts for the Warriors and plays a total of 25 minutes. For the small forward it’s a five points performance (2 for 6 ~ 1 for 3 ~ 0 for 0) to go with five rebounds, a steal, an assist and a pair of TOs while having a points differential of -6. On the other side, it’s Ty Lawson (@TyLawson3 on twitter), starting for the Nuggets and playing 28 minutes. For the floor general it’s a eight point night (3 for 10 ~ 1 for 2 ~ 1 for 3) to go along with five assists, one rebound, a turnover and a points differential of +5. As far as the game is concerned it was Denver beating Golden State, with the final tally being 104 to 98. The Nuggets, who last season was the top scoring team with 103.4 ppg, are now 3 and 0 in the preseason and will be taking on the Trail Blazers on the road on 10/17. The loss slides the Warriors to 3-1 in the pre season and they will head to Sacramento to take on the Kings on the 17th.
A near comeback falls short as the #Warriors drop a 104-98 contest to the Nuggets in the Mile-High city. Recap coming soon.
— Golden St. Warriors (@warriors) October 16, 2012
#Nuggets now 3-0 in the preseason. Next game Wednesday at Portland.
— Denver Nuggets (@denvernuggets) October 16, 2012
In the last game of the night it’s a match up of two teams from the lone star state as the Houston Rockets [Western Conference ~ Southwest Division] (2-1 in the pre season) go to the state’s capital to take on the Dallas Mavericks [Western Conference ~ Southwest Division] (1-1 in the pre season). The game between Southwest foes was played at the American Airlines Center in front of a crowd of 17,245 (max capacity: 19,600). For the home squad it’s veteran Vince Carter (@mrvincecarter15 on twitter) coming off the bench to get a total of 20 minutes. In that time frame the 6’6″ guard entering his 15th year in the league, it’s a 15 point out pour (6 for 10 ~ 1 for 2 ~ 2 for 4) to go with a pair of boards, two assists, a steal and two TOs while having a +3 points differential. In the end the game went to Dallas taking this one easy, defeating Houston by 19 points, with the final being 123 to 104. With the win the Mavs are now 2 and 1 on the season and will play their next games on the 17th, hosting the Phoenix Suns.
And that is it for this edition of Heels in the Pro’s NBA Style. Make sure to come back tomorrow to see which former UNC Basketball player will be in action as a total of seven games are on the slate. And of course, make sure to check out the site for more information about North Carolina basketball and/or football, teams and players, present and past, make sure to check back often on isportsweb!