Last night was as big of a line up as all of the pre-season as the slate had seven games on tap. Of those five of them had a touch of carolina blue in them, which means it’s once again time to do the “Heels in the Pro’s: NBA Style” recap. So, without further interruptions, let’s see how the former UNC Basketball players did in the games of 10/17/13…
The first game of the night is the one between the Philadelphia 76′ers and the Charlotte Bobcats. The game was played at the Time Warner Cable Arena in front of an attendance that was not disclosed. For the home squad it is big man Brendan Haywood. However for the veteran big man there is no playing for quite sometimes as he has undergone successful surgery for a foot fracture and will be out for at least three months, if not more. As far as the game went it was all the home team, as Charlotte defeated Philly by 26, with the final tally being 110 to 84. With the W the Bobcats are now 3 and 2 and will be back in action on 10/19 when they host the Mavs and their three Tar Heels.
The next game on the slate is the one that has the New York Knicks going to the nation’s capital to take on the Washington Wizards. The game was broadcasted on CSNB and was held at the Baltimore Arena in front of a crowd that numbered 12,376. For the visiting squad from the Big Apple it’s point guard Raymond Felton, who starts and plays a total of 15 minutes. In that time the floor general scores six points (2 for 4 ~ 2 for 2 ~ 0 for 0) to go with two rebounds, two assists and a pair of turnovers while having a +5 pts differential. In the end it was New York winning this one, as they defeated Washington by 9, with the final score being 98 to 89. With the victory the Knicks are now at .500 on the pre-season and will be back on the hardwoods when they head north of the border to take on Tyler Hansbrough and the Raptors on 10/21.
The next game on the schedule with a former UNC Basketball player in it is the one between the Detroit Pistons and the Cleveland Cavaliers. The game was played in front of 12,679 at the Quicken Loans Arena and was televised by STO. For the home squad it should have been seven footer Tyler Zeller. However the second year man did not play, and will be out for a while, as he had an appendectomy at the Cleveland Clinic. As far as the game went it was the home team, as Cleveland defeated Detroit by a dozen, with the final being 96 to 84. With the win the Cavs move to 3 and 1 and will be back on the court on 10/19 as they host the Pacers.
The second to last game of the night with a touch of carolina blue has the San Antonio Spurs going east to take on the Atlanta Hawks. The game was played at the Philips Arena in front of an attendance of 8,166. For the visiting squad from the lone star state it’s shooting guard Danny Green, who plays a total of 13 minutes in all. In that stint the former national champ scored five points (2 for 5 ~ 1 for 4 ~ 0 for 0) to go along with two assists, a rebound and a steal while having a pts differential of +7. In a high scoring affair, San Antonio held on to beat Atlanta by a duece, with the final score being 106 to 104. The W puts the Spurs back at .500 with a 2 and 2 record, and they will be back in action as they take on the Heat on the road on 10/19.
And finally, it’s the Phoenix Suns headed to the Golden State to take on the Sacramento Kings. The game was played in front of a crowd of 11,223 at the Sleep Train Arena. For the visiting squad it is second year man Kendall Marshall, who comes off the bench for 16 minutes in this one. In that time frame the point guard scores 5 points (2 for 5 ~ 1 for 3 ~ 0 for 0) to go with four rebounds, a pair of assists and a turnover while having a pts differential of -7. The game was all home team, as Sacramento defeated Phoenix by 17, with the final score being 107 to 90. With the loss the Suns slip to 3 and 2, and the franchise will be back in action on 10/22 when they host the Thunder.
There you have it, the recap for the game of 10/17/13. Tonight’s schedule in the National Basketball Association has only four games, but half of them have former UNC Basketball players on them, so make sure to come back tomorrow with the next edition of the “Heels in the Pro’s: NBA Style” recap. And of course, for more about North Carolina be sure to check back often to ISPORTSWEB.