Being way late with this edition of Heels in the Pro’s NBA Style for 10/24/12 due to family circumstances that could not be avoided I first apologize and then quicly move on to talk about the games on the National Basketball Association slate for the night. In all there were seven games, of those only three had former UNC basketball players in them, one with former Tar Heels on both benches. So, without further delays, let’s get going with this edition of Heels in the Pro’s NBA Style recapping the games for October 24, 2012…
The first game, a match up of teams from the Atlantic Division, has the New York Knicks [Eastern Conference ~ Atlantic Division] (2-3 in the pre-season) making the shortest of ride to take on the Brooklyn Nets [Eastern Conference ~ Atlantic Division] (3-2 in the pre-season) in the only game between the two New York City franchises. The game, played at Nassau Veteran Memorial Coliseum in front of 15,597, took 2 hours and 37 minutes to play. For the visiting team it should be a pair of former UNC basketball players. Beginning with the starting point guard Raymond Felton (no twitter account for Felton), who gets a total of 24 minutes in this one. In that time frame the floor general for the Knicks scores 15 points (7 for 13 ~ 1 for 3 ~ 0 for 0) to o with five assists, two rebounds, a steal, a block and a TO and has a points differential of -4. The other player on the NY team should have been Rasheed Wallace (no twitter account for Wallace), but he does not even dress for this one. On the other side, for Brooklyn, it’s veteran Jerry Stackhouse (@jerrystackhouse on twitter), but the small forward, who has been in the league for 17 years do not see any playing time… “DNP ~ Coach’s Decision”. As far as the game went it was New York narrowly winning this one, taking down Brooklyn by a duece, 97 to 95 in OT after Brooklyn had rallied back in the fourth quarter to tie it up. With the W the Knicks are now 3 and 3 in the pre-season and are done until the regular season begins. The loss drop the Nets to .500 with a 3 and 3 in the pre-season and they too are done. Coincidentally the two franchise will square off against one another in their regular season home opener.
The #Knicks defend the final possession & force a missed shot from Brooks. NY defeats Brooklyn 97-95 in OT. Copeland w/ 16 to lead NY.
— NBA New York Knicks (@nyknicks) October 25, 2012
— Brooklyn Nets (@BrooklynNets) October 25, 2012
The next game on the slate is the one that has the Dallas Mavericks [Western Conference ~ Southwest Division] (3-3 in the pre-season) going to take on the Oklahoma City Thunder [Western Conference ~ Northwest Division] (3-3 in the pre-season) in the only game between these two teams in the pre-season. The game, which lasted two hours, was played in front of a crowd that numbered 15,004 at the Intrust Bank Arena. For the visiting team from the lone star state it’s again a pair of former UNC players, beginning with Brandan Wright (@bwright34 on twitter), who came off the bench for 18 minutes of playing time. In the time frame the power forward got 11 points (3 for 6 ~ 0 for 0 ~ 5 for 6) to go with five boards, a steal and a block while having a -2 points differential. The other former Heel, Vince Carter (@mrvincecarter15 on twitter), watched the game from the pine as he did not get on the hardwoods… “DNP ~ Coach’s Decision”. In the end, in this one, it was OKC winning by a dozen, defeating Dallas by the final of 88 tp 76. With the loss the Mavericks drop to below .500 in the pre-season at 3 and 4, and will have one last game, as they host the Bobcats on 10/26, to get back to .500.
— Dallas Mavericks (@dallasmavs) October 25, 2012
And we close out the night with the Tinseltown showdown as the winless Los Angeles Lakers [Western Conference ~ Pacific Division] (0-6 in the pre-season) take on the Los Angeles Clippers [Western Conference ~ Pacific Division] (3-3 in the pre-season) in the only game these two neighbors played in the pre-season. The game was played at the Staples Center in front of a sellout crowd of 19,060 and took 2 hours and 21 minutes in all. For the visiting team it’s Antawn Jamison (@Antawn_Jamison4 on twitter), who comes off the bench forr a total of 16 minutes in all. For the veteran power forward it’s a three points out pour (1 for 3 ~ 1 for 2 ~ 0 for 0) to go with three rebounds, a pair of assists and a -8 points differential. In the end it was the LA Clippers taking this one by a half dozen points, defeating the LA Lakers by the final score of 97 to 91. With the loss the Lakers drop to 0 and 7 for the pre-season, and will have one more chance on 10/25 to get a W before the regular season begins as they host the Kings.
Turnovers do in the Lakers as they fall 97-91. Final preseason tuneup tomorrow night in SD vs. the Kings at 7pm PT on @twcsportsnet.
— Los Angeles Lakers (@Lakers) October 25, 2012
That is it, short and sweet for the 10/24 edition of Heels in the Pro’s NBA Style. I am hoping to get the rest of the pre-season caught up today and be ready for the regular season with a clean slate. Make sure to come back and check back for this and many other things about UNC basketball and/or football.