Tonight begins the regular season and so I am finishing up the pre-season due to real life emergencies and other things way late, but with the promise that the full season will be done on time from the first to the last game. Now, with the last games played in the pre-season it’s time for the last edition of Heels in the Pro’s NBA Style before the regular season gets going. In all on 10/26 there were nine games, but only five of those had former UNC basketball players on the roster. And speaking of former Tar Heels, I spoke on the phone with Adam Zagoria (@AdamZagoria on twitter), of ZagsBlog fame, who gave me several quotes about both Raymond Felton (no twitter account for Felton) and Rasheed Wallace (no twitter account for Wallace), which I will have out either today or tomorrow for all to read. Also, in the NBA news for former UNC Basketball players the Golden State Warriors have elected to have Harrison Barnes starting at small forward. But enough of my talking, let’s get going with this very, very late edition of Heels in the Pro’s for October 26, 2012…
The first game of the night is divisional clash between the Indiana Pacers [Eastern Conference ~ Central Division] (4-2 in the pre-season) and the Chicago Bulls [Eastern Conference ~ Central Division] (4-2 in the pre-season) in the only game that these two franchises played in this pre-season. The game, which was played at the Joyce Athletic Center (South Bend, IN) in front of 9.149 fans, lasted 2 hours and 18 minutes. For the visiting squad it was Tyler Zeller (@ZellerTyler on twitter), who comes off the bench for the Pacers and played a total of 17 minutes. In that time the former National Player of the Year under head coach Roy Williams scored six points (3 for 6 ~ 0 for 0 ~ 0 for 0) to go with two assist and with a points differential of -1 in the game. As far as the game was concerned it was Chicago defeating Indiana, with the final score being 97 to 90. With the loss the Pacers finish the pre-season at 4-3.
Final: Bulls 97, Pacers 90. The preseason is over. The real season begins… #GoPacers
— Indiana Pacers (@Pacers) October 27, 2012
The next game on the slate has a former UNC Basketball player on each squad, as the Toronto Raptors [Eastern Conference ~ Atlantic Division] (5-1 in the pre-season) going south of the border to take on the Memphis Grizzlies [Western Conference ~ Southwest Division] (4-3 in the pre-season) in the only game in this East vs West clash. The game, which lasted 2 hours and 21 minutes, was played at the FedEX Forum in front of an attendance of 10,206 (max capacity: 18,119). For the team from Canada it’s Ed Davis (@eddavis32 on twitter), who in this one does not play, “DNP ~ Coach’s Decision” for the Raptors. On the other side, for the Grizzlies, it’s Wayne Ellington (@WayneElli22 on twitter), who starts and gets a total of 20 minutes. In that time the shooting guard gets seven points (3 for 8 ~ 1 for 4 ~ 0 for 0) to go with two assists, a board, a steal and a TO while having a -4 points differential. In the end, as far as the game went, it was Toronto winning by double digits, beating Memphis by the final of 120 to 106. With the W the Raptors end the pre-season at 6-1. On the other hand, with the loss the Grizzlies finish up at .500 with a 4 and 4 record.
— Toronto Raptors (@Raptors) October 27, 2012
In the third game we have the Milwaukee Bucks [Eastern Conference ~ Central Division] (3-4 in the pre-season) hosting the Minnesota Timberwolves [Western Conference ~ Northwest Division] (4-2 in the pre-season) in the only game between these two franchises from difference conferences. The game, which was played at the Resch Center (Green Bay, WI) in front of a crowd of 4,165, lasted 2 hours in all. For the home team it should be power forward John Henson (@_John_Henson_ on twitter). But the rookie forward is not even on the Bucks’ bench as he is recouping from a bad knee. As far as the two teams did, it was Minnesota in a rout, taking down Milwaukee by 24 points, with the final tally being 100 to 76. With the loss the Bucks end the pre-season at 3 and 5.
The Bucks end the preseason tonight falling to the Timberwolves 100-76. Jennings 19p, Lamb 12p, Udrih 11p & Ilayasova 10p/6r/3a. #MILvMIN
— Milwaukee Bucks (@Bucks) October 27, 2012
In the second to last game we have former UNC Basketball players on both sides, as well as three former Tar Heels altogether. It is once again a East/West clash as the Charlotte Bobcats [Eastern Conference ~ Southeast Division] (1-6 in the pre-season) head to the lone star state to take on the Dallas Mavericks [Western Conference ~ Southwest Division] (4-3 in the pre-season) in the only clash between the two franchises. The game, which lasted 2 hours and 17 minutes, was played in front of a sell out crowd of 19,239 (max capacity: 19,600) at the American Airlines Center. For the visiting squad it’s Brendan Haywood (@BreHay_30 on twitter), who starts for the Bobcats and plays a total of 16 minutes. In that time the seven footer got a duece (1 for 4 ~ 0 for 0 ~ 0 for 0) to go along with five rebounds and having a points differential of -11. On the other side it’s a pair of former Heels, first being Vince Carter (@mrvincecarter15 on twitter), who comes off the pine for the Mavs and is on the court for 23 minutes. In that time frame the shooting guard scored 10 points (3 for 7 ~ 2 for 3 ~ 2 for 2) to go with four rebounds and three TOs while having a +6 points differential. While the second Heel on the Dallas squad, Brandan Wright (@bwright34 on twitter), did not play in this one… “DNP ~ Coach’s Decision”. In the end, in this one, it was all Dallas, taking down Charlotte by 17, with the final tally being 99 to 82. With the W the Mavs finish up at .500 with a 4 and 4 record. With the loss the Bobcats go into the regular season with a 1 and 7 record.
— Charlotte Bobcats (@bobcats) October 27, 2012
FINAL presented by BBVA Compass: Bobcats 82, Mavericks 99; Marion with a preseason-high 24 points & 12 rebs. Six Mavs in double figures. #fb
— Dallas Mavericks (@dallasmavs) October 27, 2012
And finally, in the last game of the night, it’s the San Antonio Spurs [Western Conference ~ Southwest Division] (4-2 in the pre-season) hosting the Washington Wizards [Eastern Conference ~ Southeast Division] (3-4 in the pre-season) in the only game between these two teams from different conferences. The game, which was played at the AT&T Center in front of a crowd that numbered 17,842 (max capacity: 18,581), lasted 2 hours and seven minutes. For the home team it’s Danny Green (@DGreen_14 on twitter), who starts for the Spurs and gets a total of 21 minutes. In that time the shooting guard gets 10 points (3 for 7 ~ 1 for 5 ~ 3 for 3) to go with a pair of assists and a board while having a -3 points differential. In the end, as far as the game was concerned, it is San Antonio taking this one, defeating Washington by the final of 100 to 85. With the W the Spurs end the pre-season with the record of 4 and 3.
Spurs defeat the Wizards 100-85 to close out the preseason. Duncan was dominant with 16 points and 13 rebounds. nba.com/tvc/index.html…
— San Antonio Spurs (@spurs) October 27, 2012
From tomorrow on it’s for real as the pre-season is over and the National Basketball Association kicks off. In all there will be three games, two will have former UNC Basketball in them, one with former Tar Heels on both benches. So make sure you come back tomorrow to check out how the players that once called Chapel Hill home did in their first game of the regular season with another edition of Heels in the Pro’s NBA Style. 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!