Decently busy slate for the National Basketball Association, as five games were played last night, four of them with a touch of carolina blue, but unfortunately not many of the former UNC Basketball players did get to play. But, as is the case here on ISPORTSWEB, if there is a former Tar Heel in action, the next day there is a “Heels in the Pro’s: NBA Style” recap. So, without further interruptions, let’s get ready to check out the games from 10/11/13…
The first game of the night is a head to head match up between two former Heels that are also former National Champions as the New York Knicks head north of the border to take on the Toronto Raptors. The game is played at the Air Canada Centre in front of a crowd that numbered 15,357 and was televised on MSG. For the squad from the Big Apple it’s Raymond Felton, who starts at the point and gets a total of 22 minutes in all. In that time the floor general only scored 2 points (1 for 6 ~ 0 for 3 ~ 0 for 0) to go with four assists and had a pts differential of -1. On the other side it’s former National Player of the Year Tyler Hansbrough, who gets 18 minutes of playing time coming off the bench. In that time frame the power forward scores 9 points (3 for 3 ~ 0 for 0 ~ 3 for 3) to go with a rebound and a block while having a -4 in pts differential. When it comes to the game it’s Toronto taking this one by 9, defeating New York 100 to 91. With the win the Raptors are now 2 and 1 and will be in action once again on 10/12 as they visit the Timberwolves. The loss drops the Knicks to .500 with a 1 and 1 and will play their next game in Bean Town as they take on the Celtics on 10/12.
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The next game of the night would be the Cleveland Cavaliers heading to the sunshine state to take on the Orlando Magic. The game was played in front of an attendance of 13,611 at the Amway Center and was televised by NBATV. For the visiting team it should have been seven footer Tyler Zeller, however the big man for the Cavs did not even make the trip due to a hip injury. Good news for both the franchise and the Heels fan is that the former UNC Basketball player’s injury is not considered serious. As far as the game was concerned it was Cleveland winning this one with a fourth quarter surge, defeating Orlando 110 to 105. With the victory the Cavs are still undefeated at 2 and 0 and will have their next game on 10/15 when they will host the Bobcats.
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The third game of the slate is the one between the Charlotte Bobcats and the Miami Heat. For the visiting squad it should be another big man playing, seven footer Brendan Haywood. But as I posted a couple of days ago, the 33 year old will not be playing for at least three months as he is about to be operated due to a stress fracture in his left foot. The low scoring game was won by Miami, who defeated Charlotte by double digits, with the final tally being 86 to 75. With the loss the Bobcats slide to 0 and 2 on the pre-season and will try to get their first win when they take on the Bucks on 10/12. Side note: the Heat have former UNC transfer Larry Drew II, but he did not get in this game and has only played six minutes in the pre-season for the defending NBA Champs.
And finally, the last game of the night is the one between the Utah Jazz versus the Portland Trail Blazers. The game was played at the CenturyLink Arena Boise (Boise, ID) in front of a crowd of 6,268. For the visiting team we should have seen Marvin Williams, but the power forward is out due to an achilles injury. And while the forward believes he will not miss much of the regular season, his coach is not as confident as Williams. As far as the game is concerned it was Portland winning this one by 10, beating Utah by the final tally of 96 to 86. With the loss the Jazz slide back to .500 on the pre-season with a record of 1 and 1 and will be back on the hardwoods on 10/12 taking on the Clippers.
And there you have it, the “Heels in the Pro’s: NBA Style” recap for the 10/11 NBA games. Tonight’s schedule has six games in all, of which four include a touch of carolina blue, so make sure to come back tomorrow for the next recap about former Tar Heels now in the National Basketball Association. And of course, for all your information about present and former UNC Basketball players check back with ISPORTSWEB often.