Last night’s NBA schedule had five games in all, however all but one had former UNC Basketball players in them, a pair of those with head to head match ups. As we all know, be it one former Heel or all sixteen, if there is a game with players that once called Chapel Hill the next day there will be the “Heels in the Pro’s: NBA Style” recap. So, without further ado, let’s get going with the run down of the games from 10/19/13…
The first game on the slate has the Dallas Mavericks heading back to North Carolina as they play versus Charlotte Bobcats. The game was played at the Greensboro Coliseum in front of an attendance that numbered 7,678. For the visiting team from the lone star state it’s a trio of former Heels, however center Brandan Wright is out as he is out with a fractured left shoulder. On the other hand, two others did play. First it’s veteran shooting guard Vince Carter, who comes off the bench to play 20 minutes in all. In that stint the 15 year pro scored 13 points (5 for 9 ~ 3 for 6 ~ 0 for 0) to go with two rebounds, an assist and a turnover while having a +11 pts differential. The second one is newly acquired Wayne Ellington, who also gets 20 minutes of playing time. In that time frame the shooting guard scores a dozen points (5 for 9 ~ 2 for 5 ~ 0 for 0) to go along with a board, and an assist while having a pts differential of +8. On the other bench it waould be seven footer Brendan Haywood, but the veteran center will be out for several months as he recovers from his foot surgery. As far as the game was concerned it was Dallas defeating Charlotte by six, with the final score being 89 to 83. With the victory the Mavs find themselves at 3 and 2 (3-0 on the road), and will be playing their next game on 10/21 on the road vs the Rockets. The loss slides the Bobcats to 3 and 3 (1-2 at home) and will play their second to last pre-season game when they host the Cavs on 10/24.
The next game of the night is the one with the San Antonio Spurs going to the sunshine state to take on the Miami Heat. The game was played in front of a crowd of 20,080 at the AmericanAirlines Arena and was televised on NBATV. For the visiting squad it’s shooting guard Danny Green, who starts and plays 19 minutes. In that time he scored six points (2 for 3 ~ 2 for 3 ~ 0 for 0) to go with a pair of rebounds, two steals, an assist and two turnovers while having a pts differential of -6. This one was all about the home squad, as Miami won it by 25 points, beating San Antonio by the final score of 121 to 96. The loss slide the Spurs below .500 at 2 and 3 (1-2 on the road) and the franchise will try to get back to a winning way on 10/22 when they host the Magic.
Third game on the schedule was between the Indiana Pacers and the Cleveland Cavaliers. The game was broadcasted on STO and was played at the Quicken Loans Arena in front of 14,760. For the team from C-Town it should be seven footer Tyler Zeller getting plenty of playing time, but the power forward is recovering from his appendectomy and it will be a while before a time line is established for the second year pro to return to practice and then playing. It is going to be way past the beginning of the season before we will see him in action with his squad. As far as the game went it was all visiting squad, as Indiana defeated Cleveland by 23, with the final tally being 102, 79. With the loss the Cavs slide to 3 and 2 (2-2 at home) and will be back on the court when they take on the 76′ers on 10/21.
And lastly, another head to head match up between former UNC Basketball players, it is the Denver Nuggets going to Tinsel Town to take on the Los Angeles Clippers. The game was played at the Mandalay Bay Event Center (Las Vegas, NV) in front of an attendance that counted 9,535 and was televised by NBATV. For the visiting squad it’s point guard Ty Lawson, who starts and plays 27 minutes in all. In that time the speedster scores seven points (3 for 5 ~ 1 for 1 ~ 0 for 0) to go with three assists, a pair of steals, a rebound and a whopping five TOs while having a pts differential of -17. On the other side it’s a pair of former Heels, starting with veteran Antawn Jamison, who comes off the pine for a total of 28 minutes. In that stint the power forward scores two points (1 for 5 ~ 0 for 1 ~ 0 for 0) to go with three rebounds, an assist, a steal and a turnover while having a -1 pts differential. While rookie Reggie Bullock still has not seen the court this season, fighting knee problems. In a high scoring game, which went to overtime, it was LA winning this one, defeating Denver by seven with the final tally being 118 to 111. The W puts the Clipper at 4 and 2 (1-1 at home) and they will be back in action on 10/23 when they host the Jazz. With the loss the Nuggets slip to a record of 2 and 3 (1-3 on the road) and the squad will take on the the Suns on 10/23 next.
And there it is, the full run down for the games of 10/19/13 with former UNC Basketball players in them. Make sure to come back tomorrow for the next edition of the “Heels in the Pro’s: NBA Style” recap. And as always, check back with ISPORTSWEB for more things Carolina!