UNC Basketball: Heels in the Pro’s ~ NBA (11/07/12)

Very large slate last night in the National Basketball Association as there were 13 games in all. Of those nine of them had a former UNC Basketball player in them, five had former Tar Heels on both sides. All of this meaning that this edition of Heels in the Pro’s NBA Style is going to be quite long. But as you all know, be it as big as today’s or as small’s as yesterday, if there is one former Heel or all seventeen in action there will be another recap. But, now, without further ado, let’s get going with this edition of Heels in the Pro’s for November 7, 2012…

The first game of the night was also the first one where there were former UNC Basketball players on both benches as the Phoenix Suns [Western Conference ~ Pacific Division] (1-3 overall ~ 0-2 on the road) took on the Charlotte Bobcats [Eastern Conference ~ Southeast Division] (1-1 overall ~ 1-0 at home). This is the first of two clashes between these teams from differenct conference and it had Phoenix as a 3 points favorite. The game, which lasted just a tad more than 2 hours and a quarter, was played at the Time Warner Cable Arena in front of a crowd of 13,905 (max capacity: 19,077). For the visiting team it’s rookie Kendall Marshall (@KButter5 on twitter), who is on the bench but does not see any action… “DNP ~ Coach’s Decision”. For the home squad, it’s big man Brendan Haywood (@BreHay_30 on twitter), who starts for the Bobcats and plays 17 minutes. The seven footer scored seven points (3 for 4 ~ 0 for 0 ~ 1 for 1) to go with seven rebounds (3 offensive), two blocks and a pair of turnovers while having a -3 points differential. As far as the game was concerned it was Phoenix winning this high scoring affair, defeating Charlotte by the final of 117 to 110. With the win the Suns are now 2 and 3 on the season, and will play next on 11/09 when they host the Cavs (2-3). The loss slides the Bobcats to below .500 at 1 and 2 and the squad will try to get back to even when they face the Hornets (2-2) on the road.

 

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The next game of the night is the one that has the Indiana Pacers [Eastern Conference ~ Central Division] (2-2 overall ~ 1-2 on the road) going down to The Big Peach to take on the Atlanta Hawks [Eastern Conference ~ Southeast Division] (1-1 overall ~ 0-1 at home. This is the first of four match ups between these two squads and in this one it’s Atlanta being a 3.5 favorite. The game, played at the Philips Arena in front of 10,608 (max capacity: 18,729), lasted 2 hours and eight minutes. For the visiting squad it’s former NPOY and National Champion Tyler Hansbrough (@THANS50 on twitter), who comes off the bench and plays 15 minutes for the Pacers. In that time the power forward gets four points (2 for 4 ~ 0 for 0 ~ 0 for 0) to o with three rebounds, an assist, a steal and a pair of turnovers while having a -6 points differential. In the end, thanks to a 24 to 9 fourth quarter it was Atlanta taking this one, beating Indiana by three points, with the final score bein 89 to 86. The loss puts the Pacers at 2 and 3 and will try to get back to .500 when they play the TWolves (3-1) on 11/09.

 

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The third game on the slate has the Brooklyn Nets [Eastern Conference ~ Atlantic Division] (1-1 overall ~ 0-1) heading out on their first road game to take on the defending NBA Champs Miami Heat [Eastern Conference ~ Southeast Division] (3-1 overall ~ 3-0 at home). The game, which lasted 2 hours and three minutes, was played at the AmericanAirlines Arena in front of a full house of 19,627. For the team from NY it’s veteran Jerry Stackhouse (@jerrystackhouse on twitter), who suits up but does not see the hardwoods in this one… “DNP ~ Coach’s Decision~, who is still battling the hamstring injury from about a week ago. In the end, Miami took this one going away, defeating Brooklyn by 30 points, 103 to 73. With the loss the Nets are now 1 and 2 and will be back in action on 11/09 when they play the Magic (2-2) on the road.

 

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Moving forward it’s the second game with former UNC Basketall players on both teams as the Memphis Grizzlies [Western Conference ~ Southwest Division] (2-1 overall ~ 1-1 on the road) going to Brew City to take on the Milwaukee Bucks [Eastern Conference ~ Central Division] (2-0 overall ~ 1-0 at home). It’s the first of two clashes between the two franchises from different conferences, with Memphis being a one point favorite in this one. The game, which was played in front of 11, 465 (max capacity: 18,717) at the BMO Harris Bradley Center, lasted a total of 2 hours and eight minutes. For the visiting squad it’s Wayne Ellington (@WayneElli22 on twitter), who comes off the bench for a total of 18 minutes. In that time span the shooting guard gets five points (2 for 3 ~ 1 for 2 ~ 0 for 0) to go along with three rebounds and two assists while having a points differential of +9. On the other side, for the Bucks, it’s rookie John Henson (@_John_Henson_ on twitter), who comes back after dealing with an injury and plays a total of 17 minutes in all. In that time span the power forward scores three points (1 for 5 ~ 0 for 0 ~ 1 for 4) to go with three boards, a pair of blocks, an assist, a steal and a TO while amassing a +7 points differential. [To be noted this is Henson's first basket in the NBA] In the end it’s Memphis winning by double digits, taking down Milwaukee by the final of 108 to 90. With the win the Grizzlies are now 3 and 1, and will play next on 11/09 as the host the Rockets (2-2). The loss drops the Bucks to 2 and 1, and will play the Wizards (0-3) at home on 11/09.

 

 

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The midway point of this recap is the game that has Denver Nuggets [Western Conference ~ Northwest Division] (1-3 overall ~ 0-3 on the road) going to the lone star state to take on the Houston Rockets [Western Conference ~ Southwest Division] (2-1 overall ~ 0-1 at home). The game is the first of four between the teams, and in this one Houston was a 2.5 points favorite. The game, played at the Toyota Center in front of 13,372 (max capacity: 18,043), lasted 2 hours and 11 minutes. For the visiting squad it’s speedster Ty Lawson (@TyLawson3 on twitter), who starts for the Nuggets and plays a total of 38 minutes in all. In that time the point guard gets a game high 21 points (9 for 20 ~ 3 for 4 ~ 0 for 4) to go with a game high eight assists, three steals and four TOs to go with a +7 points differential. In the end it was Denver taking this one, defeating Houston by six points, with the final bein 93 to 87. With the win the Nuggets are now 2 and 3 (winning two in a row), and will go for a third one as they take on the Jazz (2-3) at home on 11/09.

 

In the next game of the night it’s not one, not two, but three former UNC Basketball players in action as the Toronto Raptors [Eastern Conference ~ Atlantic Division] (1-3 overall ~ 0-2 on the road) take on the Dallas Mavericks [Western Conference ~ Southwest Division] (3-1 overall ~ 2-0 at home). This is the first of two match ups between the franchises and in this one it’s Dallas favorite by 6.5 points. The game, which was played in front of packed house of 19,763 in the American Airlines Center, lasted 2 hours and 27 minutes in all. For the visiting squad from north of the border it’s Ed Davis (@eddavis32 on twitter), who comes off the bench to play a total of just five minutes. In that time the power forward gets one point (0 for 0 ~ 0 for 0 ~ 1 for 2) to go with a rebound while havin a points differential of -6. On the other side, for the Mavs, we first have Brandan Wright (@bwright34 on twitter), who starts in the middle for the team and plays a total of 28 minutes. In that time span the center scores a dozen points (5 for 9 ~ 0 for 0 ~ 2 for 3) to o along with seven boards (3 offensive), a pair a blocks and a TO while having a 0 as far as points differential. The other former Heel is Vince Carter (@mrvincecarter15 on twitter), who comes off the pine to play 26 minutes. In that time frame the shooting guard scores 17 points (6 for 14 ~ 2 for 6 ~ 3 for 4) to go with five rebounds, three assists, a pair of blocks, a steal and four TOs while amassing a point differential of -3. In the end, in a pretty tight game, it was Dallas who took the game, beating Toronto by five points, with the final tally being 109 to 104. With the win the Mavs are now 4 and 1 on the season, undefeated at home (3-0), and will play once again on 11/09 vs the Knicks (3-0). The loss slides the Raptors to 1 and 4, winless on the road (0-3), and will play the 76′ers (2-2) on 11/10.

 

 

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Moving on in this slate we have another game with a former UNC Basketball player on each of the benches as the Los Angeles Lakers [Western Conference ~ Pacific Division] (1-3 overall ~ 0-1 on the road) heads to take on the Utah Jazz [Western Conference ~ Northwest Division] (1-3 overall ~ 1-0 at home). This is the first of three match ups between these two teams and in this one it’s Utah as the favorite by 3 points. The game, which lasted 2 hours and 18 minutes, was played in front of a packed house of 19,911 at the Energy Solution Arena. For the visiting team from Tinseltown it’s veteran Antawn Jamison (@Antawn_Jamison4 on twitter), who comes off the bench for 14 minutes. In that time the power forward scores two points (1 for 2 ~ 0 for 0 ~ 0 for 0) along with having a -13 points differential. On the other side, for the Jazz, we have Marvin Williams (no twitter account for Williams), who starts and plays a total of 24 minutes. In that time span the power forward gets 11 points (4 for 7 ~ 0 for 2 ~ 3 for 3) to o along with four boards, two steals and a turnover while having a points differential of +6. In the end it was Utah defeating LA by nine, with the final score being 95 to 86. With the win the Jazz are now 2 and 3, as well as 2-0 at home, and will try to keep the momentum going when they travel to play the Nuggets (2-3) on 11/09. The loss drops the Lakers to 1 and 4 on the year, winless on the road (0-2), and will play once again on 11/09 when they host the Warriors (3-2).

 

 

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The second to last game of the slate is the one that has the undefeated San Antonio Spurs [Western Conference ~ Southwest Division] (4-0 overall ~ 1-0 on the road) going to Tinseltown to take on the Los Angeles Clippers [Western Conference ~ Pacific Division] (2-2 overall ~ 1-2 at home). This is the first of four games these two teams will play against one another, with San Antonio being a one point favorite. The game, played at the Staples Center in front of a filled house of 19,060, lasted 2 hours and 11 minutes. For the visiting team from the lone star state it’s Danny Green (@DGreen_14 on twitter), who starts and plays 24 minutes. In that time frame the shooting guard scores a team high dozen points (4 for 7 ~ 3 for 5 ~ 1 for 1) to go with two assists, a board, a steal and a block while getting a points differential of -6. In the end this was not even close, as LA won by 22 points, defeating San Antonio by the final of 106 to 84. With the loss the Spurs are now 4 and 1 on the young season and will be in action next 11/09 when the face another California team in the Kings (2-3).

 

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The last game of the night has two teams that both have .500 records and both have a former UNC Basketball player that is a rookie in the Association as the Cleveland Cavaliers [Eastern Conference ~ Central Division] (2-2 overall ~ 1-1 on the road) take on the Golden State Warriors [Western Conference ~ Pacific Division] (2-2 overall ~ 0-1 at home). The match up is the first of two between these franchises from different conference and in this one it’s Golden State favorite by 4.5 points. The game, which lasted 2 hours and ten minutes, was played in front of an attendance of 18,124 (max capacity: 19.596) in the Oracle Arena. For the visiting squad it should be Tyler Zeller (@ZellerTyler on twitter), but he is not even on the bench as he suffered a non-displaced fracture of his orbital cheekbone. On the other side, for the Warriors, it’s Harrison Barnes (@HBarnes on twitter), starting and getting 30 minutes of playing time. In that time span the small forward gets a total of 14 points (5 for 9 ~ 1 for 2 ~ 3 for 5) to go along with a pair of rebounds, an assist, a steal and a pair of TOs while having a -6 points differential. In the end Golden State winning by ten, taking down Cleveland by the final of 106 to 96. With the win the Warriors are now 3 and 2 and will go up against the Lakers (1-4) on the road on 11/09. The loss slides the Cavs to 2 and 3 on the year and will be in action next on 11/09 when they take on the Suns (2-3) on 11/09.

 

 

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That is it, the very, very long update for the games on November 7,2012. Please note that tonight’s slate of two games has NO former UNC Basketball players in it, which means that there will be no Heels in the Pro’s NBA Style tomorrow. But the one on Saturday (late in the afternoon) will be once again big as there again 13 games on the slate. So make sure to come back often to check out on all the updates of the former Tar Heels 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!