In the biggest night of the pre-season, with 11 games in all, there is plenty of former North Carolina players in this edition of the run down. So, without any further interruptions, let’s get going with the 10/23/13 edition of “North Carolina in the NBA”…
First game of the night is a head to head match up as the Memphis Grizzlies head up north of the border to take on the Toronto Raptors. The game was played at the Air Canada Centre and in front of a crowd that numbered 14,421. For the visiting team it’s big man Ed Davis, who comes off the bench to play a total of 16 minutes. In that stint the power forward came close to a double double, as he scored 11 points (5 for 10 ~ 0 for 0 ~ 1 for 3) to go with nine rebounds, two blocks and two TOs while having a -5 pts differential. On the other side of the benches, it’s former National Player of the Year Tyler Hansbrough, who gets 10 minutes in this game. In that time span the power forward scores a pre-season low of four points, to go with a pre-season low of four rebounds and a steal while having a pts differential of +14. In a game that was way lopsided, it was all the home squad, as Toronto won by double digits, defeating Memphis by 36, with the final being 108 to 72. The victory puts the Raptors at 6 and 1 (4-1 at home) with one last game in the pre-season with the Bucks on the road on 10/25. The loss drops the Grizzlies to 4 and 3 (2-2 on the road) and will play their last game on 10/25 vs the Rockets.
Next game on the slate is the one that has the Cleveland Cavaliers hosting the Washington Wizards. The game was played at the U.S. Bank Arena (Cincinnati, Oh) in front of an attendance of 7,528. For the home squad it should have been seven footer Tyler Zeller, but for the second year man it’s a no go as he recoups from his injury. However, there is good news for Zeller, as the Cleveland franchise has exercised his third year option of the contract. In the end, in another game that was lopsided, as Washington won this one by 19 points, beating Cleveland by the final score of 101 to 82. With the loss the Cavs are now 4 and 3 (3-3 at home) in the pre-season and will take on the Bobcats on the road on 10/24.
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The third game on the schedule is another head to head game as the New York Knicks head to Brew city to take on the Milwaukee Bucks. The game was played in Green Bay at the Resch Center in front of a crowd of 5,609. For the visiting side it should be point guard Raymond Felton, but the floor general does not even make the trip with his team due to an hamstring. On the other side of the ball, for the home squad, it’s power forward John Henson, who comes off the bench and plays a total of 15 minutes. In that time the second year man scored nine points (3 for 4 ~ 0 for 0 ~ 3 for 4) to go along with a board, an assist while having a pts differential of -8. The game went once again to the home team, as Milwaukee won this one by 10, defeating New York by the final score of 105 to 95. With the win, the first one of the pre-season, the Bucks are now 1 and 5 (1-1 at home) and will be playing next on 10/25 vs the Raptors, who have Tyler Hansbrough on their team. The loss drops the Knicks to 2 and 4 (2-4 on the road) and they will be back on the court when they host the Bobcats, who have Brendan Haywood on the roster, on 10/25.
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As we keep moving, the next game is the one that has the Dallas Mavericks hosting the Atlanta Hawks. The game was played in front of 16,160 at the American Airlines Center. For the squad from the Big D it’s a trio of former North Carolina players, two of them getting time on the court, while the third, Brandan Wright not being able to see action as he recovers from a fracture shoulder, and as of now there is no true time table to when he will be back in action. On the other hand veteran Vince Carter comes off the bench for 20 minutes in all. In that time frame the shooting guard scored a dozen points (5 for 10 ~ 2 for 4 ~ 0 for 0) to go with a pair of rebounds, an assist and a steal while having a pts differential of +15. The other is Wayne Ellington, who comes off the pine for 18 minutes. In that stint the newly acquired shooting guard scores five points (2 for 5 ~ 1 for 3 ~ 0 for 0) to go with a trio of boards, an assist, a block and a turnover with a +10 pts differential. As far as the game went it is once again the home franchise winning the game, as Dallas took down this one by ten points, taking down Atlanta by the final score of 98 to 88. With the W the Mavs are now 4 and 3 (1-2 at home), and their last game of the pre-season will be against the Pacers on 10/25.
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In yet again another head to head match up, this time of former North Carolina point guards, as we see the Phoenix Suns heading to the mile high city to take on the Denver Nuggets. The game was played at the Pepsi Center in front of 14,652 fans. For the visiting team it should have been floor general Kendall Marshall, but the second year man does not get any playing time, and that is not good news for him as the regular season approaches and the franchise does not seem to want him on the rotation. On the other side, it’s another point guard, Ty Lawson, who starts and plays a total of 32 minutes, which was a team high. In that stint the speedster came close to a double double, scoring nine points (3 for 10 ~ 2 for 4 ~ 1 for 2) to go with eight assists, four rebounds, a block and a TO while having a pts differential of -9. And finally, a game that has the road team winning, as Phoenix defeated Denver by 19, with the final score of the game being 98 to 79. With the win the Suns are now 5 and 2 (3-1 on the road) and the next time they will be on the court it will be for real as it will be in a regular season game. The loss slides the Nuggets to 2 and 4 (1-1 at home) and will finish up the pre-season as the franchise heads to the Windy City to play the Bulls on 10/25.
The second to last game it the one that has the Golden State Warriors taking on a in-state foe in Sacramento Kings. The game took place at the Sleep Train Arena in front of an attendance of 12,260. For the visiting team it’s small forward Harrison Barnes, but the second year man does not see any playing time as he recovers from a foot injury and should be back for the first game of the season for his franchise. In the closest game of the night, it was Sacramento winning by the slightest of margin, as they beat Golden State by one point, with the final score of 91 to 90. The loss drops the Warriors to .500 with a 3 and 3 record (1-3 on the road) and will play its final game of the pre-season against the Trail Blazers on 10/24.
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And finally we close out the recap with the fourth game which was a head to head match up, and the sixth with more than one former North Carolina basketball player in it, as the Utah Jazz headed to Tinsel Town to take on the Los Angeles Clippers. The game was played in front of an attendance of 13,611 at the STAPLES Center. For the away squad it should have been Marvin Williams, but as we know, the eighth year pro is working himself back from an achilles injury, even if no timetable has been given on when he could come back to the court. On the other side, for the home team, we have first long time veteran Antawn Jamison, who comes off the bench to play eight minutes. In that stint the power forward scores four points (1 for 3 ~ 0 for 2 ~ 2 for 2) to go with four rebounds and a block while having a +9 pts differential. And for the first time in the pre-season we see rookie Reggie Bullock, as he gets five minutes coming off the pine. In that time the shooting guard does not score (0 for 0 ~ 0 for 0 ~ 0 for 0) to go along with just a turnover and has a -4 pts differential. And why should the last game change, with the home franchise once again winning, as Los Angeles wins by four, beating Utah by the final of 103 to 99. With the W the Clippers end the pre-season at 5 and 2 (2-1 at home). The loss makes the Jazz finish up at 1 and 6 (0 and 4 on the road). The next game for both teams will be once the regular season begins.
And there it is, the full run down for the games of 10/23/13 with former UNC Basketball players in them. Make sure to come back tomorrow for the next edition of the “North Carolina in the NBA” recap. And as always, check back with ISPORTSWEB for more things Carolina!