Pretty busy night in the NBA last night as there were six games in all. Of those four of them have a touch of carolina blue in them. And as you probably know by now, if there are former UNC Basketball players in action, the next day there will be a recap we call “Heels in the Pro’s: NBA Style”. So, without further ado, let’s check out the games from 10/12/13…
The first game of the night has the New York Knicks going north to take on the Boston Celtics. The game was played at the Verizon Wireless Arena (Manchester, NH) in front of 9,391 fans and televised on NBATV. For the visiting team it should have been Raymond Felton, but the starting point guard for the Knick sat out the game, along with most of the starters on the squad. Due to that this was a landslide win by the home squad, as Boston took this one by 30 points, with the final being 111 to 81. With the loss the Knicks drop to 1 and 2 and will be back in action on 10/17 when they head to DC to take on the Wizards. Side Note: I know this is the pre-season, but when you play games in venues that do not usually get to see NBA players it would only be fair that the starters get at least some minutes to give the crowd a viewing of them.
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Next up on the calendar is the match up between the Toronto Raptors and the Minnesota Timberwolves. The game was played in front of an attendance that numbered 10,106 at the Target Center. For the visiting team it’s former National Player of the Year Tyler Hansbrough, who comes off the pine for 14 minutes. In that stint the power forward scores 11 points (5 for 7 ~ 0 for 0 ~ 1 for 2) to go with a pair of borard and 3 TOs while having a -3 pts differential. As far as the game went it was Toronto defeating Minnesota by seven, with the final tally being 104 to 97. With the victory the Raptors are now 3 and 1 and will get back in action against the Celtics on 10/16. Side Note: This is the second game of the pre-season where Hansbrough as scored in double figures, while the other two times scoring nine points, giving him a total of 46 points as well as a double double.
The second to last game is a head to head match up as the Charlotte Bobcats head take on the Milwaukee Bucks. The game is played at the BMO Harris Bradley Center with an attendance of 7,839. For the visiting squad it should have been big man Brendan Haywood, but as told previously the seven footer will be sidelined for at least three months due to a fractured foot. On the other side, it’s John Henson, who starts at the power forward slot for the Bucks and gets a total of 34 minutes. In that time frame the second year man gets a double double, scoring 10 points (5 for 11 ~ 0 for 1 ~ 0 for 0) to go with 10 rebounds (four on the offensive side), two blocks, an assist, a steal and a pait of TOs while having a -5 pts differential. In the end, in what was a low scoring affair, it was Charlotte taking this one, with the final score being 83 to 76. With the W the Bobcats have their first win of the pre-season, 1 and 2, and will be trying to get back to .500 when they take on the Cavs on the road on 10/15. The loss keeps the Bucks winless at 0 and 3, and they will try to find their first win on 10/15 when they play the Grizzlies.
And finally it’s another head to head match up as the Los Angeles Clippers and the Utah Jazz lace it up. The game took place in front of a crowd of 17,924 at the EnergySolutions Arena and was televised by FSW2. For the visiting team from Tinsel Town it should have been a pair of former UNC Basketball players, however rookie Reggie Bullock did not play as he is still dealing with a sore right knee that has been bothering him for most of the pre-season. Who did play was Antawn Jamison, who came off the bench for 17 minutes in all. In that time the veteran power forward scored seven points (3 for 6 ~ 1 for 3 ~ 0 for 0) to go with a board and had a pts differential of +8. On the other side, for the home squad, we should have seen another power forward, Marvin Williams, in action. But the ninth year man did not play due to a right achilles injury. In the end this was not much of a game, as Los Angeles won going away by 32 points, defeating Utah by the final of 106 to 74. With the win the Clippers are now 2 and 0 and will be back in action on 10/14 when they visit the Kings. The loss drops the Jazz to below .500 at 1 and 2, and the squad will try to right the ship when they host the Trail Blazers on 10/16.
There you have it, the “Heels in the Pro’s: NBA Style” recap for the game from 10/12/13. Tonight’s NBA slate features a total of four games, with just one having a touch of carolina blue. The good news is that in that one game four former Heels will be in action, so there will be plenty to talk about in tomorrow’s recap. And remember, for all your info about present and former Carolina players make sure to check back often on ISPORTSWEB.