After a slow start to the NBA pre-season, where the first couple of nights only had one former UNC Basketball player in action, last night’s slate, which had eight games in all, featured six match ups that had former Tar Heels on them. And when there are former North Carolina players on the hardwoods, the next day there will a post about them… called “Heels in the Pro’s: NBA Style”. So, without further ado, let’s get going with the recap of the games from 10/07/13…
The first game of the night is the Toronto Raptors coming to Bean Town to take on the Boston Celtics. The game was played at the TD Garden, in front of 16,424 fans and was televised on CSNN and NBATV. For the team from north of the border it’s power forward Tyler Hansbrough, who signed with the Raptors this off-season after four years with the Pacers. In all the power forward played 21 minutes coming off the bench and came close to a double double, scoring 17 (5 for 8 ~ 0 for 0 ~ 7 for 8) points to go with nine rebounds (six on the offensive side). He also had a block and a pair of TOs while having a -6 pts differential. In the end, it was Toronto winning this game, taking their first game of the pre-season by the final of 97 to 89. With the victory the Raptors are 1 and 0 and will be back in action on 10/09 when they host the Timberwolves.
The next game on the schedule is the Memphis Grizzlies going to the Windy City to take on the Chicago Bulls. The game was played in front of an attendance of 13,497 at the Scottrade Center, while being televised on CSNC. For the guest squad it’s Ed Davis, who came off the pine to play a total of 22 minutes in all. In that time span the power forward scored 13 points (4 for 6 ~ 0 for 0 ~ 5 for 7) to go with five boards, a block and a TO while having a pts differential of -11. As far as the game went it was all the home squad, as Chicago beat Memphis by 19 points, with the final tally being 106 to 87. With the loss the Grizzlies are 0 and 1 on the pre-season and will have a chance to right the ship when they play the Mavericks on 10/09.
The third game on the slate has a match up featuring a trio of former Heels on the same team, as the New Orleans Pelicans head down to the Big D to take on the Dallas Mavericks. The game was played at the American Airlines Center in front of 15,082. All three of the former UNC players came off the bench, starting off with Brandan Wright, who got a total of 19 minutes of action. In that time the center scored 14 points (7 for 8 ~ 0 for 0 ~ 0 for 2) to go with three rebounds, an assist and a TO while having a +3 pts differential. Next up is the 16 year veteran Vince Carter, who got a total of 18 minutes of playing time. For the shooting guard it’s an ok night, scoring eight points (3 for 7 ~ 2 for 5 ~ 0 for 0) to go with one rebound, an assist, a steal and a pair of TOs while having a pts differential of +6. Finally we have Wayne Ellington, who came over in the off-season to the lone star state franchise. For the shooting guard, who played 21 minutes in this one, it was a nine points night (3 for 6 ~ 2 for 2 ~ 1 for 2) to go with three boards, an assist and three turnovers while having a +5 pts differential. In what was a truly close game, New Orleans won the game by a bucket, defeating Dallas by the final of 94 to 92. With the loss the Mavs are 0 and 1 and will be back in action on 10/09 as they take on the Grizzlies.
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Next up on the schedule it’s the Los Angeles Clippers going to the City of Roses to take on the Portland Trailblazers. The game was played in front of 12, 849 fans at the Rose Garden and was televised on FSW2. For the squad from Tinsel Town it would have been a pair of former Heels, but rookie Reggie Bullock did not play, due to a knee injury that has had him sidelined for a while. On the other hand, sixteen year veteran Antawn Jamison did come off the bench for some playing time. In the eight minutes the power forward scored seven points (3 for 5 ~ 1 for 1 ~ 0 for 0) to go with a board and a TO while having a -7 pts differential. In the end, in a pretty low scoring affair, it was Los Angeles winning the match up, beating Portland by eight, with the final score being 89 to 81. The win puts the Clippers at 1 and 0 on the pre-season and the squad will play the Jazz on 10/12.
The second to last game of the night it’s one that features an NBA team, the Phoenix Suns, going up against an Israeli squad that is touring the United States. For the Suns it’s second year point guard Kendall Marshall, who comes off the pine for nine minutes of action. In that time the floor general scores two points (1 for 2 ~ 0 for 1 ~ 0 for 0) to go with four assists and a turnover while having a plus 3 in pts differential. As far as the game went it was all Phoenix in this one, defeating Maccabi Haifa by 41 points, with the final score being 130 to 89. The Suns will begin their NBA pre-season games on 10/09 when they head to Portland to take on the Trail Blazers.
And finally, for the last game of the night, it’s the Sacramento Kings staying in-state to take on the Golden State Warriors in the first of two match ups between the franchises in the pre-season. The game was played at the ORACLE Arena in front of an attendance of 17,821 and televised by NBATV. For the home squad it’s small forward Harrison Barnes. The second year forward only scored six minutes, due to a nagging foot injury that he has been dealing with for a few days. In that stint Barnes did not score (0 for 4 ~ 0 for 0 ~ 0 for 0) and had an assist, a steal and a turnover while having a pts differential of -9. In the end it was Golden State defeating Sacramento by double digits, with the final score being 94 to 81. The win puts the Warriors at .500 (1 and 1) on the pre-season and they will be back in action when they take on the Jazz on 10/08. However, from the sounds of it, do not expect to see Harrison Barnes in action in the next few games as he heals from the injury.
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And here it is, this edition of “Heels in the Pro’s: NBA Style” for 10/07/13. Make sure to come back tomorrow, as there are seven National Basketball Association games in all. Five of them with former UNC Basketball players, including a head to head match up. And of course, for all the information about present and former Heels check back with ISPORTSWEB on a regular basis.