A small schedule in the NBA last night, with just four games, but all of them had a touch of carolina blue, which means seven former UNC Basketball players that should be lacing it up. And as we all know, be it one or all sixteen, if there is a player that once called Chapel Hill home in action, the next day there will be the daily recap we call “Heels in the Pro’s: NBA Style”…
In the first game, a head to head match up, it’s the New York Knicks heading north of the border to take on the Toronto Raptors. The game was televised on MSG and was played at the Air Canada Centre in front of a crowd that numbered 15,701. For the team from the Big Apple we should be seeing point guard Raymond Felton, but the veteran does not even make the trip due to hamstring injury. On the other side it’s power forward Tyler Hansbrough, who comes off the bench for 24 minutes. In that time span he scores 10 points (2 for 3 ~ 0 for 0 ~ 6 for 6) to go with seven rebounds (5 offensive), a pair of assists and has a pts differential -1. In the end, in a very high scoring affair due to the game going into double time, it’s Toronto defeating New York by three, with the final score being 123 to 120. With the win the Raptors are now 5 and 1 (3-1 at home) and will be back in action against the Grizzlies on 10/23. The loss puts the Knicks at 2 and 3 (2-3 on the road) and the squad will be back on the court on 10/23 when they head to play the Bucks.
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Second game on the schedule was between the Philadelphia 76′ers and the Cleveland Cavaliers. The game was played at the Schottenstein Center (Columbus, OH) in front of an attendance of 11,276. For the team from C-Town it should be power forward Tyler Zeller getting plenty of playing time, but the seven footer 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. As far as the game went it was the home squad, as Cleveland won this one by double figures, defeating Philadelphia by the score of 104 to 93. With the W the Cavs are now 4 and 2 on the pre-season and the franchise will be back in action on 10/23 when they host the Wizards.
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The third game on the schedule is the one that has the Milwaukee Bucks going to the Windy City to take on the Chicago Bulls. The game was played in front of a crowd of 21,203 at the United Center and was broadcasted by WGN. For the visiting squad it’s second year man John Henson, who comes off the pine and plays 23 minutes in all. In that stint the power forward comes close to a double double scoring 11 points (3 for 6 ~ 0 for 0 ~ 5 for 9) to go with eight rebounds, as well as having two blocks, an assist and four turnovers while having a pts differential of -9. In this one it was all home team, as Chicago won this one by 21 points, as Milwaukee lost by the final of 105 to 84. The loss keeps the Bucks winless in the pre-season and the team will try to get their first win when they host the Knicks on 10/23.
And finally we close out the run down of the former UNC Basketball players for 10/21 with the game between two franchises fomr the lone star state as the Dallas Mavericks take on the Houston Rockets. The game was played at the Toyota Center in front of an attendance of 13,380 and televised by NBATV. For the franchise from Big D it’s a trio of former Heels, but center Brandan Wright is not available to play, and will not be for sometime, as he has a fractured left shoulder. For the pair that did play, first it’s Vince Carter, who comes off the bench for 21 minutes. In that time the veteran shooting guard scores 5 points (2 for 8 ~ 1 for 2 ~ 0 for 0) to go with one rebound, one assist and a pair of TOs while having a -16 pts differential. The other is Wayne Ellington, who also comes off the pine for 21 minutes. In that stint the shooting guard scores 11 points (4 for 8 ~ 3 for 5 ~ 0 for 0) to go along with three boards, three assists, a pair of steals, a block and a turnover while having a -1 pts differential. In the end, in the battle of Texas, it’s Houston winning this one, defeating Dallas by 5, with the final tally being 100 to 95. With the loss the Mavs are back to .500 with a 3 and 3 record (3-1 on the road), and the franchise will be back on the court on 10/23 when they host the Hawks.
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And there it is, the full run down for the games of 10/21/13 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!