Not a huge slate in the National Basketball Association, as only games were played. However, three of those had a touch of carolina blue, which means it’s once again time to do our daily recap called “Heels in the Pro’s: NBA Style” for the games from 10/14/13…
First game on last night’s schedule is a head to head match up as the San Antonio Spurs head to the mile high city to take on the Denver Nuggets. The game was played at the Pepsi Center in front of an attendance of 14,671, while being televised on NBATV. For the team from the lone star state it’s Danny Green, who starts at the shooting guard slot, but only plays seven minutes in all. In that time he scored three points (1 for 3 ~ 1 for 1 ~ 0 for 0) to go with a pair of steals and a two TOs while having a pts differential of -6. On the other side it’s speedster Ty Lawson, who starts at the point, and plays 28 minutes in all. In that stint the floor general comes close to a double double, scoring 10 points (3 for 7 ~ 0 for 1 ~ 4 for 7) to go with eight assists, four rebounds, a pair of steals and three turnovers while having a +5 pts differential. In the end, in a tight game, it was the home squad winning, as Denver defeated San Antonio 98 to 94, with a huge fourth quarter in which they outscored the opposition 37 to 28. The victory puts the Nuggets at 2 and 1 and the franchise will be back in action on the road on 10/15 against the Thunder. The loss drops the Spurs below .500 as they are now 1 and 2 and will be playing next against the Hawks on 10/17.
The second game on the schedule for the night has the Orlando Magic going to Big D to take on the Dallas Mavericks. The game was played in front of 17,136 fans at the American Airlines Center, and covered on television by KTXA. For the home squad it’s a trio of former UNC Basketball players, with two playing, while the third, Brandan Wright, did not, and from news around the net it is unlikely that the big man will be in action before the start of the regular season. On the other hand two others did, coming off the bench. First one was Vince Carter, who gets 20 minutes of playing time. For the veteran it’s not a great shooting night as he scores 7 points (2 for 9 ~ 1 for 4 ~ 2 for 2) to go with three rebounds, an assist while having a pts differential of +1. The other former Heel, also a shooting guard, is wayne Ellington, who got 21 minutes. In that stint the guard scored six points (2 for 7 ~ 0 for 2 ~ 2 for 2) to go with three rebounds, a pair of steals, an assist and a turnover while having -3 pts differential. As far as the game went it was Orlando winning this one, defeating Dallas by 8, with the final score being 102 to 94. With the loss the Mavs are below .500, with a 1 and 2 record, and will try to right the ship on 10/16 when they travel to play the Pacers.
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And finally, the last game is once again about a team with multiple UNC Basketball players on its roster, as the Los Angeles Clippers head to Sac Town to take on the Sacramento Kings. The game was played at the Sleep Train Arena in front of a crowd of 12,122 and had tv coverage by FSW2. For the team from Tinsel Town it should have been a pair of former Heels, but rookie Reggie Bullock does not even make the trip, as he is dealing with a knee injury. On the other hand, veteran Antawn Jamison gets a total of 22 minutes coming off the bench. The power forward does not have a great night, as he scores just 3 points (1 for 10 ~ 1 for 5 ~ 0 for 0) to go with five boards (three offensive), an assist and has a pts differential of +4. In the end it was Sacramento winning by 11, beating Los Angeles 99 to 88. The loss gives the Clippers its first blemish of the pre-season, having now a 2 and 1 record, and will be back in action on 10/15 when they travel to play the Suns, who also have a a former UNC Basketball player on their roster in Kendall Marshall.