With so much going on with North Carolina here is more about the former UNC basketball players at the next level with another edition of Heels in the Pro’s NBA Style for the games from 10/16/12. In all there were seven games on the slate, of those five have a touch of carolina blue in them, one with former UNC basketball players on both benches. With the National Basketball Association about two weeks from its regular season this is the time where the franchises are tweaking their squads, and it’s nice to see that many of them will have former Tar Heels on them. So, without further ado, here is this edition of Heels in the Pro’s NBA Style for October 16, 2012…
In the first game of the night it’s the Indiana Pacers [Eastern Conference ~ Central Division] (1-1 in the pre season) hosting the Atlanta Hawks [Eastern Conference ~ Southeast Division] (1-2 in the pre season). The game, which was played at the Bankers Life Fieldhouse in front of a crowd of 10,786 (max capacity: 18,165), lasted 2 hours and 18 minutes in all. For the home squad, who last year had a record of 42-24, it’s former National Player of the Year Tyler Hansbrough (@THANS50 on twitter), who came off the pine to play a total of 22 minutes. In that time frame the 13th overall pick of `09 draft scored seven points (1 for 8 ~ 0 for 0 ~ 5 for 9) to go with nine rebounds (5 offensive), a block and three TOs as well as a +3 points differential. In the end, it was Indiana winning this one, beating Atlanta by four, with the final score being 102 to 98. With the win the Pacers are now 2 and 1 in the pre season and a perfect 2 and 0 at home. The team will see their next action on Friday, October 19, when they will head to the sunshine state to take on the Orlando Magic.
Pacers Game Rewind – on.nba.com/RAyseC - Indiana edged Atlanta 102-98 at Bankers Life Fieldhouse last night.
— Indiana Pacers (@Pacers) October 17, 2012
The next game on the slate has the Brooklyn Nets [Eastern Conference ~ Atlantic Division] (2-0 in the pre season) going up I 95 to Bean Town to take on the Boston Celtics [Eastern Conference ~ Atlantic Division] (1-3 in the pre season) in what will be the first of two match ups between the franchises. The game, which lasted 2 hours and 19 minutes, was played in front packed house of 18, 624 at the TD Garden. For the visiting squad it’s former Tar Heel Jerry Stackhouse (@jerrystackhouse on twitter), who came off the bench for nine minutes in all. In that time the seventeen year veteran scored four points (2 for 6 ~ 0 for 2 ~ 0 for 0) to go with a rebound, an assist while having a points differential of +11. As far as the game was concerned it was New Jersey squeezing this one out, defeating Boston by one, with the final score being 97 to 96. With the W the Nets are now 3 and 0 in the pre season and will be once again in action on the 18th as the play the Celtics once again, this time at home.
Moving on it’s the match up between Milwaukee Bucks [Eastern Conference ~ Central Division] (2-0 in the pre season) going to the Windy City to take on the Chicago Bulls [Eastern Conference ~ Central Division] in a Central Division clash. The game, which was played in front of amax capacity of 21,073 at the United Center, lasted 2 hours and nine minutes. For the visiting squad it’s rookie John Henson (@_John_Henson_ on twitter) who just gets a dozen minutes in this one coming off the pine. In that limited time, due to an injury, the former UNC basketball player scored four points (1 for 4 ~ 0 for 0 ~ 2 for 2) to go with one rebound, an assist and a pair of turnovers while having a -6 points differential. In the end it was Chicago taking this one by a half dozen, with the final score being 100 to 94. With the loss the Bucks slide to 2 and 1 and will try to get back on track on 10/18 when they host the Grizzlies.
Henson will not return tonight after injuring his left knee. #Bucks
— Bucks PR (@BucksPR) October 17, 2012
UPDATE: @_john_henson_ will be limited to non-impact activity for approximately two weeks after suffering a left knee sprain & bone bruise.
— Milwaukee Bucks (@Bucks) October 17, 2012
Henson’s non-impact activity will involve rehabilitation work in the swimming pool and on a stationary bike, along w/ weight room exercises.
— Milwaukee Bucks (@Bucks) October 17, 2012
The second to last game for this slate of games is the Charlotte Bobcats [Eastern Conference ~ Southeast Division] (1-2 in the pre season) going out West to take on the Oklahoma City Thunder [Western Conference ~ Northwest Division] (1-1 in the pre season) in an East/West clash. The game, which lasted just 2 hours and 10 minutes, was played at Chesapeake Energy Arena in front of a sold out attendance of 18,203. For the team from the east coast it’s Brendan Haywood (@BreHay_30 on twitter), who comes off the bench to play 20 minutes. In that time the seven footer veteran scores seven points (3 for 3 ~ 0 for 0 ~ 1 for 2) to go with two boards as well as a points differential of -1. As far as the game was concerned it was Oklahoma winning this one going away, defeating Charlotte by 22 points, with the final tally being 120 to 98. With the loss the Bobcats slide to 1 and 3 on the season and will try it all over again on Saturday, October 20, when they head to the Motor City to take on Detroit.
— Charlotte Bobcats (@bobcats) October 17, 2012
And finally, the last match up of the night, is one with a former UNC basketball player on each bench as the Utah Jazz [Western Conference ~ Northwest Division] (2-1 in the pre season) head to Tinseltown to take on a winless Los Angeles Lakers [Western Conference ~ Pacific Division] (0-3 in the pre season). The game was played at the Honda Center in front of 13,896 that took just under 2 hours and 10 minutes. For the visiting squad is nearly acquired Marvin Williams (no twitter account for Williams), who starts for the Jazz and plays a total of 22 minutes. In that time the 6’9″ forward scored 10 points (3 for 8 ~ 2 for 4 ~ 2 for 2) to go with three rebounds, three assists, a block and a pair of TOs while having a +17 points differential. On the other side, for the Lakers, it’s Antawn Jamison (@Antawn_Jamison4 on twitter), who starts this one and goes for 29 minutes in all. In that time period the 14 year veteran scores seven points (2 for 11 ~ 0 for 3 ~ 3 for 5) to go with two boards, two steals, an assists and a pair of turnovers while having a points differential of -26. As far as the game went it was Utah winning this one, destroying Los Angeles by 34, with the final tally being 114 to 80. With the victory the Jazz are now 3 and 1 on the season, while the loss puts the Lakers at 0 and 4.
Jazz run away with a 114-80 win over the Lakers. Eleven Jazzmen had 8+ points tonight! #JAZZvsLAL
— Utah Jazz (@utahjazz) October 17, 2012
Final: Jazz 114, Lakers 80. Next game will be in Las Vegas on Friday against the Sacramento Kings.
— Los Angeles Lakers (@Lakers) October 17, 2012
And that is it for Heels in the Pro’s NBA Style for October 16, 2012. Come back to check out the recap for the former UNC basketball players at the next level for 10/17 which will be up later on this morning. And as usual for more information about North Carolina basketball and/or football, teams and players, present and past, make sure to check back often on isportsweb!