UNC Basketball: Heels in the Pro’s ~ NBA (11/02/12)

After the smallest of slate by the National Basketball Association, where only one game was played on 11/01, welcome to one where a dozen games were on tap. Plenty of former UNC Basketball players in this one, which means it’s once again time to do my daily Heels in the Pro’s NBA Style for 11/02, where I recap all the games from last night. In all there were nine games that had a touch of carolina blue, three of them with players from Chapel Hill on both benches. In all there were a dozen UNC Basketball players in action last night, which means this is going to be a huge edition of Heels in the Pro’s for November 2, 2012…

[I apologize for this being a bit late delivering this but on Saturday I do my “Pushing the Envelope” podcast in the morning (9:30 til 11:00 a.m. EST)]

In the first game of the night it’s a match up of two former UNC Basketball players as the Indiana Pacers [Eastern Conference ~ Central Division] (1-0 on the season) head east to take on the Charlotte Bobcats [Eastern Conference ~ Southeast Division] (1-7 in the pre-season) in the first of four encounters between these two teams. The match up, which was televised on Fox Sports Carolinas, sees Indiana as a 6.5 points favorite. The game, which lasted 2 hours and 18 minutes, was played at the Time Warner Cable Arena in front of a packed house of 19,124. For the visiting team it was former NPOY Tyler Hansbrough @THANS50 on twitter, who came off the bench for the Pacers and played 17 minutes in all. And while the power forward played a lot less than most of his team mates he scored a team high 15 points (4 for 9 ~ 0 for 1 ~ 7 for 8) to go with six rebounds, a pair of blocks, a steal and a turnover while having a points differential of +9. On the other side, for the Bobcats, it’s Brendan Haywood (@BreHay_30 on twitter), for starts for the Bobcats and gets a total of 31 minutes in this one. In that time frame the seven footer has four points (1 for 3 ~ 0 for 0 ~ 2 for 4) to go along with a game high nine boards, two assists and a turnover while having a +14 points differential. As far as the game went, it was a tight one which Charlotte ultimately won by a point, defeating Indiana by the final of 90 to 89. With the W the Bobcats, who last season went 7 and 59, begin their season on a positive note and will try to keep that momentum going when they play the Mavs on the road on 11/03. The loss puts the Pacers at .500 with a record of 1 and 1 and the squad will play their next game on 11/03 when they the Kings.

 

 

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[Bonus video… Haywood put back dunk]

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The next game on the slate has the Denver Nuggets [Western Conference ~ Northwest Division] (0-1 on the season) headed to the sunshine state to take on the Orlando Magic [Eastern Conference ~ Southeast Division] (2-6 in the pre-season) in what was the first of two inter Conference clashes. The match up, which has Denver favored by 6, wasn’t televised nationally. The game, which was played in front of a full capacity crowd of 18,846 at the Amway Center, lasted 2 hours and ten minutes in all. For the team from the Mile High City it was speedster Ty Lawson (@TyLawson3 on twitter), who starts for the Nuggets and get 38 minutes. In that time frame the point guard scores a dozen points (6 for 15 ~ 0 for 3 ~ 0 for 0), second most on the team, to go with a game high seven assists, a pair of rebounds and three TOs while having a -13 points differential. In the end it was all Orlando in this one, as the defeated Denver 102 to 89. With the loss the Nuggets are now 0 and 2, with both losses being on the road. The team will re-group and go at it again on 11/03 as the take on the Heat for their third road game in a row.

 

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Third game on the slate is the one that has the Milwaukee Bucks [Eastern Conference ~ Central Division] (3-5 in the pre-season) going to Bean Town to take on the Boston Celtics [Eastern Conference ~ Atlantic Division] (0-1 on the season) for the first of four game between the squads. The match up, not televised nationally, had Boston as a 7.5 favorite. The game, which was played at the TD Garden in front of an attendance that was packed at 18,624, lasted just under two hours in all. For the visiting squad it should have been power forward John Henson (@_John_Henson_ on twitter), but the Bucks rookie was not even with the team as he rehabs the injury sustained in the pre-season. As far as the match up went it was Milwaukee taking this one by double digits, defeating Boston by the final of 99 to 88. The Bucks begin the season off with a W and will try to keep it going as the face the Cavs on 11/03.

 

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Up next it’s the Cleveland Cavaliers [Eastern Conference ~ Central Division] (1-0 on the season) hosting the Chicago Bulls [Eastern Conference ~ Central Division] (1-0 on the season) in the first of four clashes between divisional opponents. The match up, which had Chicago as a 2.5 favorite, was not televised nationally. The game, which was lasted 2 hours and 13 minutes, was played in front of a packed house of 20,562 at the Quicken Loans Arena. For the home squad it’s big man Tyler Zeller (@ZellerTyler on twitter), who comes off the pine for the Cavaliers and plays a total of 14 minutes. In that span the seven footer gets eight points (3 for 5 ~ 0 for 0 ~ 2 for 5) to go along with two boards, a pair of steal and a turnover while amassing a -7 points differential. In the end, in this one, it was all Chicago, shallacking Cleveland by 29 points, with the final being 115 to 86. With the loss the Cavs drop to 1 and 1 on the season and will be playing their next game on 11/03 vs the Bucks on the road.

 

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As we continue on in this recap we have the New York Knicks [Eastern Conference ~ Atlantic Division] (3-3 in the pre-season) hosting the defending champions Miami Heat [Eastern Conference ~ Southeast Division] (1-0 on the season) in what was the first of four between the franchises. The match up, not televised nationally, had Miami as a 5.5 points favorite. The game, played at the Mecca of Basketball, MSG, in front of a crowd that numbered 19,033 (max capacity: 19,763), lasted just a bit less than 2 hours and twenty minutes. For the team from the Big Apple it’s a pair of former UNC Basketball players, one starting and the other one coming off the bench. The starter is floor general Raymond Felton (no twitter account for Felton), who gets a total of 33 minutes in this one. In that time the guard scores 14 points (5 for 13 ~ 3 for 7 ~ 1 for 2) to go along with a game high nine assists, four rebounds, three steals and three TOs while having a points differential of +19. The one coming off the bench is Rasheed Wallace (no twitter account for Wallace), who just plays three minutes in all. However in that small span the big man gets three points (1 for 2 ~ 1 for 1 ~ 0 for 0) to go with a rebound and having a +1 points differential. In the end, in a stunning win, it’s New York defeating Miami by 20 points, with the final tally being 104 to 84. The Knicks begin the season on a positive note and will try to keep it going when then next get on the court, 11/04 versus the 76’ers.

 

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[Bonus video… Wallace entering the game]

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Moving ahead we now have the game where the Utah Jazz [Western Conference ~ Northwest Division] (1-0 on the season) heads to the Big Easy to take on New Orleans Hornets [Western Conference ~ Southwest Division] (0-1 on the season) in what is the first of four games. The match up has New Orleans being favored by 3.5 points. The game, which was played in front of a crowd of 14,147 (max capacity: 17,188) at the New Orleans Arena, lasted 2 hours and 11 minutes. For the visiting team it’s former UNC Basketball player Marvin Williams (no twitter account for Williams), who is the starting power forward for the Jazz, and plays 29 minutes. In that time frame the 6’9″ forward got five points (2 for 8 ~ 1 for 6 ~ 0 for 0) to go with three boards, one assist, one turnover and a points differential of -7. In the end this game went to New Orleans in a very close game, defeating Utah by a duece, 88 to 86. With the loss the Jazz goes back to .500 in this early season and will be playing next 11/03 when they travel to take on the Spurs.

 

The next game we have is Phoenix Suns [Western Conference ~ Pacific Division] (0-1 on the season) hosting the Detroit Pistons [Eastern Conference ~ Central Division] (0-1 on the season) in the first of two inter Conference clash. The game, which was played at the US Airways Center in front of an attendance of 15.107 (max capacity: 18,422), lasted 2 hours and 18 minutes and has Phoenix a 4 points favorite. For the home squad we should be seeing point guard Kendall Marshall (@KButter5 on twitter), but the rookie does not see any action… “DNP ~ Coach’s Decision”. At the end, in another tight game, Phoenix defeated Detroit by 3, with the final score being 92 to 89. With the W the Jazz are now 1 and 1 on the season and will try to keep it going when they next play on 11/04 when they travel to take on the Magic.

 

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The second to last game on the night is the one between neighbors as the Los Angeles Lakers [Western Conference ~ Pacific Division] (0-2 on the season) host the Los Angeles Clippers [Western Conference ~ Pacific Division] (1-0 on the season) in the first of four game between these two teams that share arena. The game, which lasted over 2 and a half hours, was played at the Staples Center in front of a packed house of 18,997. For the home squad it’s veteran Antawn Jamison (@Antawn_Jamison4 on twitter), who comes off the pine for a total of 20 minutes. In that time the power forward scored four points (1 for 2 ~ 0 for 0 ~ 2 for 4) to go with six rebounds, one assist, one steal, a block and a TO while having a -2 points differential. In the end, it was LA Clippers winning by 10, defeating the LA Lakers by the score of 105 to 95. With the loss the Lakers drop to 0 and 3 on the season, 0 and 11 including pre-season, and will go at it once more on 11/04 when they host the Pistons.

 

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And we close out the slate of games with the third match up to have a former UNC Basketball player on both teams. This one is the one with Memphis Grizzlies [Western Conference ~ Southwest Division] (0-1 on the season) going to play the Golden State Warriors [Western Conference ~ Pacific Division] (1-0 on the season) in the first of three games. The game, played at the Oracle Arena in front of a sold out crowd of 19,596, lasted just a bit more than 2 hours and twenty minutes and has Golden State a one point favorite. For the visiting team it’s Wayne Ellington (@WayneElli22 on twitter), who comes off the bench for the Grizzlies and plays 18 minutes. In that time the shooting guard scores 10 points (3 for 6 ~ 2 for 4 ~ 2 for 2) to go with three assists and a steal while having a +2 points differential. On the other side, for the Warriors, it’s rookie Harrison Barnes (@HBarnes on twitter), who starts at small forward and plays 23 minutes in all. In that span the 6’8″ forward gets eight points (3 for 7 ~ 2 for 5 ~ 0 for 0) to go with an assist and a pair of turnovers while having a -11 points differential. In the end, as far as the game was concerned, it was Memphis winning by 10, beating Golden State by the final of 104 to 94. With the win the Grizzlies are now 1 and 1 on the season and will play next on 11/05 as they host the Jazz. The loss puts the Warriors at .500 with a 1 and 1 record, their next match up will be against the Clippers on 11/03.

 

 

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That is it, nine games, twelve former UNC Basketball players, ten of them hitting the court for their professional teams, that filled up the NBA slate for 11/02. Make sure to come back tomorrow, as the NBA has ten games on tap, with plenty of former Tar Heels once again. 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!