The second to last pre-season day was a small one with just four games on tap. Of those all had a team with a former UNC basketball player on their roster, so it’s time for this (way late) recap, which I call Heels in the Pro’s NBA Style. While I am behind due to a family urgency I can take it easy as there are no games these days and will be all caught up for the regular season. But enough of me, let’s get going with this edition of Heels in the Pro’s NBA Style for October, 25, 2012…
We begin the recap with the game that has a former UNC basketball player on both benches as the Milwaukee Bucks [Eastern Conference ~ Central Division] (2-4 in the pre-season) goes up against the Charlotte Bobcats [Eastern Conference ~ Southeast Division] (1-5 in the pre-season) for the only clash between the two franchises. The morning game, which tipped off at 11:00 a.m. EST and lasted 2 hours and eight minutes, was played in front of a max capacity crowd of 19,077 at Time Warner Cable Arena. For the team from the Brew City it’s John Henson (@_John_Henson_ on twitter), however the rookie power forward does not play in this one… “DNP ~ Left Knee Contusion”. On the other side it’s veteran big man Brendan Haywood (@BreHay_30 on twitter), who comes off the bench for the Bobcats and plays 34 minutes. In that time the seven footer scores eight points (4 for 7 ~ 0 for 0 ~ 0 for 0) to go with a game high 13 rebounds (7 offensive) and an assist while having a -14 points differential. As far as the game went it was Milwaukee beating Charlotte by ten, with the final score being 100 to 90. With the win the Bucks are now 3-4 in the pre-season and will have one more game on 10/26 as they host the TimberWolves. The loss drops the Bobcats to 1 and 6 in the pre-season and will travel to play the Mavs in their last pre-season game.
[Update on Henson: It is more than likely than that the rookie power forward will not be playing when the season begins for the Bucks]
— Milwaukee Bucks (@Bucks) October 26, 2012
— Charlotte Bobcats (@bobcats) October 25, 2012
WATCH: Brendan Haywood postgame interview on.nba.com/UIip3x
— Charlotte Bobcats (@bobcats) October 25, 2012
The next game of the night has the Utah Jazz [Western Conference ~ Northwest Division] (4-3 in the pre-season) hosting the Portland Trail Blazers [Western Conference ~ Northwest Division] (3-3 in the pre-season) for the second clash between these two division foes in the pre-season, with the first match up going to Portland by the final of 120 to 114. This game, which was played at the Energy Solution Arena in front of an attendance of 18,247 (max capacity: 19,911), lasted 2 hours and 11 minutes. For the home squad it’s Marvin Williams (no twitter account for Williams), who starts for the Jazz and plays a total of 21 minutes. In that time the power forward got six points (2 for 4 ~ 1 for 1 ~ 1 for 2) to go with a board, an assist and a block while having a points differential of +5. At the end, it was Utah winning by a half dozen, defeating Portland 97 to 91. With the W the Jazz close out their pre-season with a record of 5 and 3.
Jazz win 97-91! Favors & Kanter impressed and combined for 42pts (16-26FGs), 18 rebounds, 3 steals & 2 blocks. Opening Night is up next!!!
— Utah Jazz (@utahjazz) October 26, 2012
The second to last game in this recap has the Los Angeles Lakers [Western Conference ~ Pacific Division] (0-7 in the pre-season) hosting divisional and in-state opponent Sacramento Kings [Western Conference ~ Pacific Division] (4-2 in the pre-season) in the third of three match ups between squads, with the first two both going to Sac-Town. The game was played at the Valley View Casino Center (in San Diego) in front of a crowd that numbered 11,200 and lasted 2 hours and 10 minutes. For the home squad it’s veteran Antawn Jamison (@Antawn_Jamison4 on twitter), who comes off the pine for 24 minutes in all. In that time the fower forward gets just two points (1 for 3 ~ 0 for 1 ~ 0 for 0) to go with five rebounds and two assists while having a points differential of +11. As far as the match up went it was Sacramento defeating LA by a dozen, with the final being 94 to 82. With the loss the Lakers ended their pre-season winless at 0 and 8.
Lakers close out their preseason w/ a 94-82 loss to the Kings in San Diego. Regular season tips off Tuesday night at STAPLES vs. Dallas.
— Los Angeles Lakers (@Lakers) October 26, 2012
And we close out this recap with the game that has the Denver Nuggets [Western Conference ~ Northwest Division] (3-2 in the pre-season) hosting the Los Angeles Clippers [Western Conference ~ Pacific Division] (4-2 in the pre-season) in the second game between these two franchise, the first going to Denver 106 to 104. The game, which lasted just over 2 hours and 20 minutes, was played at the Pepsi Arena in front of a crowd of 13,406 (max capacity: 19,155). For the home squad it’s floor general Ty Lawson (@TyLawson3 on twitter), who starts and gets a total of 26 minutes. The 5’11″ point guard, who has been offered a 4 yr extension worth $ 45 million, it’s a 10 point game (2 for 7 ~ 1 for 2 ~ 5 for 6) to go along with five assists, one rebound, one steal and a pair of TOs while having a +1 points differential. In the end, as far as the game went, it was all Los Angeles in this one, defeating Denver by a dozen, 106 to 94. With the loss the Nuggets drop to .500 at 3 and 3, with just one more game left before the regular season on 10/26.
— Denver Nuggets (@denvernuggets) October 26, 2012
There it is, the small recap for this edition of Heels in the Pro’s NBA Style, where in all there were four games, with five former UNC Basketball players (all but one got to play). Make sure to come back often for more recaps on how the former Heels are doing at the next level, 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!