With the regular season about a week away the National Basketball Association’s pre-season is getting close to shutting down, Friday being the last night for it, these are the final games for the squads to decide who to keep and who to waive. On Sunday, October 21, 2012 there were only four games on the slate, but there were still three games with three former UNC basketball players in action and that means it’s time to once again do a Heels in the Pro’s NBA Style post. So, without further ado, let’s get going with this edition for 10/21/12…
The first game of the night is the one that has the San Antonio Spurs [Western Conference ~ Southwest Division] (3-2 in the pre-season) going to the sunshine state to take on the Orlando Magic [Eastern Conference ~ Southeast Division] (2-3 in the pre-season) in the only East/West clash between the franchises. The game, which lasted 2 hours and 10 minutes, was played in front of a crowd of 17,012 (max capacity: 18,846) at the Amway Center. For the squad from the lone star state it’s Danny Green (@DGreen_14 on twitter), who starts for the Spurs and plays a total of 25 minutes. In that time frame the 6’6″ shooting guard has a 13 points performance (4 for 7 ~ 3 for 6 ~ 2 for 2) to go with three rebounds, one assist, one block and a TO while having a -8 points differential. In the end, as far as the game went, it was Orlando winning this one, beating San Antonio 104 to 100. With the loss the Spurs slide to .500 at 3 and 3 in the pre-season and will play their last pre-season game on Friday, when they host the Wizards.
— San Antonio Spurs (@spurs) October 22, 2012
The second game of the night has the Denver Nuggets [Western Conference ~ Northwest Division] (3-1 in the pre-season) going to play the Oklahoma City Thunder [Western Conference ~ Northwest Division] (2-2 in the pre-season) in the only game between division foes in the pre-season. For the team from the Mile High City it’s former national champion Ty Lawson (@TyLawson3 on twitter), who starts for the Nuggets and plays a team high 37 minutes. In that time the floor general had a double double as he scored 17 points (6 for 11 ~ 1 for 3 ~ 4 for 5) to go with 11 assists, four rebouns, a pair of turnovers while having a points differential of -3. As far as the game went it was Oklahoma City winning by seven points, defeating Denver by a final of 108 to 101. With the loss the Nuggets fall to 3 and 2 in the pre-season and will be back on the court on 10/25, when they host the Clippers.
#Nuggets fall to 3-2 in the preseason and return home for a match up with the LA Clippers on 10/25/12.
— Denver Nuggets (@denvernuggets) October 22, 2012
And we close out this small recap with the game where Los Angeles Lakers [Western Conference ~ Pacific Division] (0-5 in the pre-season) host the Sacramento Kings [Western Conference ~ Pacific Division] (3-1 in the pre-season) in the second of three games between division and state foes, with the first game going to Sacramento by the final of 103 to 98. The game, played at the Staples Center in front of a packed house of 18,997, lasted 2 hours and twenty three minutes. For the home squad it was Antawn Jamison (@Antawn_Jamison4 on twitter), who comes off the bench for the Lakers and played 18 minutes. In that time the veteran power forward does not score (0 for 3 ~ 0 for 1 ~ 0 for 0) to go with two boards, an assist, a steal and a -11 of points differential. In the end it was Sacramento taking this one, defeating Los Angeles by seven, with the final tally being 99 to 92. With the loss the Lakers are now at 0 and 6 in the pre-season, with their second to last pre-season game coming on 10/24 against neighboring LA Clippers.
That is it, this edition of Heels in the Pro’s NBA Style for 10/21/12. Just three games and three former UNC basketball players in action, but not bad as two had double digits scoring and one had a doube double. Make sure to check back tomorrow for the next chance to see what the former Tar Heels at the next level are doing. 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!