UNC Basketball: Heels in the Pro’s ~ NBA (11/18/12)

Heels in the Pro's ~ November 18, 2012It is usually a pretty small recap that I do for the Sunday’s games, but not today as the National Basketball Association had eight games on tap and all but a pair had former UNC Basketball players in them. On the other hand, unlike the last couple of days, where there were plenty of head to head match ups, last night there was only one game that featured former Tar Heels on both benches. So, without further ado, let’s get going with this edition of Heels in the Pro’s NBA Style for November 18, 2012…

NBA slate for November 18, 2012

Tyler HansbroughThe first game of this recap is also the only head to head match up between franchises that have former Tar Heels on their rosters, in this one there are three former UNC Basketball players in all as the Indiana Pacers [Eastern Conference ~ Central Division] (4-6 overall ~ 1-5 on the road) head to the Big Apple to take on the New York Knicks [Eastern Conference ~ Atlantic Division] (6-1 ~ 3-0 at home). This is the first of four meetings between these teams and in this one it’s NY (6-1 ATS) favored by seven points against Indiana (4-6 ATS). The game, which was played at Madison Square Garden in front of an attendance of 19,033 (max capacity: 19,763), lasted a total of 2 hours and ten minutes in all. For the team from the mid-west it’s Tyler Hansbrough (@THANS50 on twitter), who plays a total of 19 minutes coming off the bench for the Pacers. In that time frame the power forward gets five points (1 for 2 ~ 0 for 0 ~ 3 for 4) to go along with eight rebounds (4 on the offensive side), a block and a pair of TOs while having a points differential of +2. For the home team, it’s first floor general Raymond Felton (no twitter account for Felton), who starts and plays a total of 29 minutes. In that time span the point guard scors 11 points (5 for 15 ~ 1 for 3 ~ 0 for 0) to go with eight assists, a rebound a steal and a +11 points differential. The other is big man Rasheed Wallace (no twitter account for Wallace), who comes off the pine for the Knicks for 17 minutes. In that time the power forward scores nine points (3 for 7 ~ 1 for 2 ~ 2 for 2) to go with seven boards, a block and a TO while getting a points differential of +7. In the end, in a fairly low scoring affair, it’s the home team bouncing back from their first loss of the season as NY beats Indiana by a dozen, with the final being 88 to 76. With the win the Knicks go to 7 and 1 and will be playing once Rasheed WallaceRaymond Feltonagain on 11/20 when the travel to take on the Hornets (3-5). The loss slides the Pacers to 4 and 7 on the year and will be in action against the Wizards (0-8) on the road on 11/19.

 

 

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Ed DavisThe next game of the recap is the one that has Toronto Raptors [Eastern Conference ~ Atlantic Division] (2-7 overall ~ 1-3 at home) hosting the Orlando Magic [Eastern Conference ~ Southeast Division] (3-5 overall ~ 1-3 on the road). This is the first of four clashes between the squads and in this one it’s Toronto (3-6 ATS) as a 4.5 points favorite versus Orlando (4-3-1 ATS). The game, which lasted 2 hours and five minutes, was played in front of 18,702 (max capacity: 19,800) at the Air Canade Centre. For the home squad it’s big man Ed Davis (@eddavis32 on twitter), who comes off the pine for just eight minutes. In that time the power forward scores five points (2 for 3 ~ 0 for 0 ~ 1 for 2) to go with a rebound and a block while having a 0 points differential. In the end it was Toronto taking this one, defeating Orlando by 11 points, with the final being 97 to 86. The win brings the Raptors to 3 and 7 on the season and they will be back in action on 11/20 when they play the 76’ers (6-4) at home.

 

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Tyler ZellerAs we move on it’s the Cleveland Cavaliers [Eastern Conference ~ Central Division] (2-7 overall ~ 1-5 on the road) going to the City of Brotherly Love to take on the Philadelphia 76’ers [Eastern Conference ~ Atlantic Division] (5-4 overall ~ 2-3 at home). This is the first of the four times these franchises will meet in 2012-13 and in this one it’s Philly (5-4 ATS) are a 6.5 points favorite over Cleveland (4-5 ATS). The game, which was played at the Wells Fargo Center in front of a crowd that numbered 15,201 (Max Capacity: 20,328), lasted 2 hours and two minutes in all. For the away squad it’s rookie Tyler Zeller (@ZellerTyler on twitter), who plays 28 coming off the bench. In that time the seven footer scores six points (3 for 5 ~ 0 for 0 ~ 0 for 0) to go with seven rebounds (3 on the offensive side), an assist, a steal, a block and a TO while having a -5 in points differential. In another low scoring game, it’s Philadelphia taking this one from Cleveland by the final of 86 to 79. With the loss the Cavs slide to 2 and 8 on the season and will try to get a much needed win when they play the 76’ers again, this time at home, on 11/21.

 

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Jerry StackhouseThe next game in this recap that has a former UNC Basketball player is the one that has the Brooklyn Nets [Eastern Conference ~ Atlantic Division] (5-2 overall ~ 1-1 on the road) going cross country to take on the Sacramento Kings [Western Conference ~ Pacific Division] (2-7 overall ~ 2-3 at home). This is the first of a pair of match ups between these squads and in this one Brooklyn (3-2-2 ATS) is a three points favorite over Sacramento (1-7-1 ATS). This game, which lasted for 2 hours and twelve minutes, was played in front of an attendance of 11,965 (Max Capacity: 17,317) at the Sleep Train Arena. For the team from east coast it’s veteran Jerry Stackhouse (@jerrystackhouse on twitter), who plays 15 minutes as a sub. In that time the small forward does not score (0 for 4 ~ 0 for 3 ~ 0 for 0) to go with three rebounds and a turnover while getting a +17 points differential. In the end, it’s Brooklyn taking this one, defeating Sacramento by the final of 99 to 90. With the win the Nets are now 6 and 2 on the season and will get back on the court on 11/20 when they play at the Lakers (5-5) (NBATV).

 

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Harrison BarnesIn the second to last game of this recap it’s the Golden State Warriors [Western Conference ~ Pacific Division] (5-4 overall ~ 3-2 on the road) going to play against the Oklahoma City Thunder [Western Conference ~ Northwest Division] (7-3 overall ~ 4-2 at home). This is the first of four match ups between these squads and in this one it’s OKC (5-4-1 ATS) being a 9.5 points favorite over Golden State (5-3-1 ATS). The game, which lasted a total of 2 hours and three minutes, was played at the in front of a sold out arena of 18,203 at the Chesapeake Energy Arena. For the visiting team it’s rookie Harrison Barnes (@HBarnes on twitter), who starts at the small forward slot ant plays 30 minutes. In that time frame the first year forward gets a dozen points (5 for 11 ~ 0 for 2 ~ 2 for 2) to go along with three assists, a pair of steals, a rebound and two turnovers while amassing a game low points differential of -24. In a high scoring game, it’s OKC defeating Golden State by double digits, with the final being 119 to 109. With the loss the Warriors are back to .500 with a 5 and 5 record and will try to push back up once again on 11/19 when they travel to take on the Mavericks (6-5).

 

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Antawn JamisonAnd finally, the last game of the night with a former UNC Basketball in it is the one that has the Los Angeles Lakers [Western Conference ~ Pacific Division] (4-5 overall ~ 4-3 at home) hosting the Houston Rockets [Western Conference ~ Southwest Division] (4-5 overall ~ 2-2 on the road). This is the first of four game between the franchises and in this one it’s LA (4-5 ATS) being a seven points favorite over Houston (4-4-1 ATS). The game, which lasted 2 hours and twelve minutes, was played at the Staples Center in front of a sold out attendance of 18,997. For the home squad it’s veteran Antawn Jamison (@Antawn_Jamison4 on twitter), who comes off the bench for 19 minutes. In that time span the power forward scores eight points (3 for 8 ~ 2 for 5 ~ 0 for 0) to go along with a rebound, an assist and a turnover while having a -2 points differential. In the end, thanks to a strong first quarter, it was LA defeating Houston by 11 points, with the final tally being 119 to 108. With the W the Lakers are finally back to .500 at 5 and 5 on the season and the team will try to improve when they host the Nets (6-2) on 11/20.

 

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And that is it, the half dozen games that had former UNC Basketball players, with a total of eight former Tar Heels in action. Make sure to come back later today to check out the preview for the UNC Basketball team against Mississippi State in the Maui Invitational, with tip off being at 6 p.m. EST on ESPN2. 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!


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