Being late due to things outside of blogging, let me first apologize for that and then get going with this edition of Heels in the Pro’s NBA Style for 10/23/12, where in all there were just four games in all, of which three had former UNC basketball players in them, a pair of these match ups with former Tar Heels on both benches. So, without further interruptions, let’s get going with this edition of Heels in the Pro’s NBA Style for October 23, 2012…
In the first game, in what can be called the clash of the Tyler’s, it’s Indiana Pacers [Eastern Conference ~ Central Division] (4-1 in the pre-season) going up against Cleveland Cavaliers [Eastern Conference ~ Central Division] (3-3 in the pre-season) in the only game between these division opponents. The game, played at the Quicken Loans Arean in front of 10,040 (max capacity: 20,562), lasted just a bit more than 2 hours and 10 minutes. For the visiting squad it’s former National Player of the Year Tyler Hansbrough (@THANS50 on twitter), who comes off the bench for the Pacers and plays 19 minutes. In that time the power forward scored six points (1 for 5 ~ 0 for 0 ~ 4 for 4) to go with six rebounds (3 offensive) and a steal while having a +13 points differential. On the other side, for the Cavaliers it’s Tyler Zeller (@ZellerTyler on twitter), who starts for the Cavaliers and plays a total of 29 minutes. In that time the rookie seven footer had 13 points (5 for 8 ~ 0 for 0 ~ 3 for 5) to go with seven boards, two assists, a steal, a block and a pair of TOs while having a points differential of -3. As far as the game went, it was Indiana beating Cleveland pretty easily, with the final being 100 to 82. With the W the Pacers go to 4 and 2 in the pre-season, including a perfect 3 and 0 on the road, and will play their final pre-season game on 10/26 as they travel to take on the Bulls. The loss slides the Cavs to below .500 with a 3 and 4 record and will have to wait for the regular season to take on anyone else.
— Indiana Pacers (@Pacers) October 24, 2012
— Cleveland Cavaliers (@cavs) October 24, 2012
The second game of the night it’s the Charlotte Bobcats [Eastern Conference ~ Southeast Division] (1-4 in the pre-season) hosting the defending champion Miami Heat [Eastern Conference ~ Southeast Division] (3-2 in the pre-season) in the only game these two Southeast Division team will have in the pre-season. The game, which took close to 2 hours and a quarter, was played in front of a crowd of 17,924 at the PNC Arena. For the home squad it’s former Tar Heel big man Brendan Haywood (@BreHay_30 on twitter), who starts for the Bobcats, but only plays eight minutes. In that time the seven footer does not score (0 for 0 ~ 0 for 0 ~ 0 for 0) to go with two boards and a turnover while having a points differential of -9. In the end, as far as the game went, it was Miami taking this one from Charlotte by a half dozen points, with the final being 98 to 92. With the loss the Bobcats go to 1 and 5 in the pre-season and will have two more games in the pre-season, first vs the Bucks at home on 10/25 and the next day vs the Mavs on the road.
— Charlotte Bobcats (@bobcats) October 24, 2012
And finally, the last match up of the night is another game that has UNC basketball players on both benches, this time both of them being rookies. The game is between Phoenix Suns [Western Conference ~ Pacific Division] (3-2 in the pre-season) and the Golden State Warriors [Western Conference ~ Pacific Division] (6-1 in the pre-season) in the only game these two squads from the Pacific Division will have against one another in the pre-season. The game, which lasted 2 hours and seven minutes, was played at the Oracle Arena in front of an attendance of 17,427 (max capacity: 19,596). For the visiting Suns it’s rookie Kendall Marshall (@KButter5 on twitter), who comes off the bench for 13 minutes. In that time the floor general scores eight points (3 for 4 ~ 2 for 2 ~ 0 for 0) to go with two assists and two TOs while having a -9 points differential. On the other side it’s small forward Harrison Barnes (@HBarnes on twitter), who starts for the Warriors and gets 24 minutes. In that time the 6’8″ forward gets a team high 16 points (5 for 8 ~ 3 for 4 ~ 3 for 5) to go with seven rebounds (3 offensive), an assist, a steal and a pair of TOs while having a points differential of +11. When it was all said and done it was Golden State taking this one, defeating Phoenix by 15, with the final being 107 to 92. With the win the Warriors are now 6 and 2 in the pre-season, including a perfect 3 and 0 at home, and they are done with the pre-season games. While the loss puts the Suns at .500 with a 3 and 3 record, with their last pre-season game being on 10/26 as they host the Nuggets in a game being televised by ESPN2.
Warriors win this one, 107-92, but the Suns will get a rematch in their home opener next Wednesday! Suns.com/halloween
— Phoenix Suns (@Suns) October 24, 2012
Warriors defeat the Suns 107-92 to finish out the preseason 6-2. Full recap and highlights: on.nba.com/TSRAnV
— Golden St. Warriors (@warriors) October 24, 2012
And there you have it, the small recap for the games in the NBA for 10/23 as far as the former UNC basketball players. Come back this afternoon as I will have the recap for 10/24 as well as the recap for the Heels playing overseas. 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!