Just hours from the ceremonial beginning of UNC Basketball with “Late Night with Roy”, let’s get going with other hardwood news as it is once again time for another recap from the former Heels in the National Basketball Association. There were four games on the schedule last night, of those three of them had former players from UNC, and as we all know, be it one or all of the sixteen former Carolina players lacing it up the next day you will find “North Carolina in the NBA” recap. So, without further ado, let’s get going with the games from 10/24/13…
The first game of the night it’s the one that has the Cleveland Cavaliers going eastward to take on the Charlotte Bobcats, which means you have former North Carolina players on both franchises. The game was played at the Time Warner Cable Arena in front of a crowd of 5,936 and was televised by FSOHHD. For the visiting team we should have seen seven footer Tyler Zeller, but as we know the second year pro is recovering from an appendectomy, and for now there is no real time table for his come back. On the other side, for the home squad, it’s another big man who should have laced them up in Brendan Haywood, but as we know, the 12 year veteran is sidelined for the next three months as he comes back from surgery on his left foot. As far as the game it was Charlotte winning this one, defeating Cleveland by the final of 105 to 92. With the win the Bobcats are 4 and 2 (2-2 at home) and they will be back in action on 10/25 when they head to the Big Apple to take on the Knicks. The loss drops the Cavs to .500, with a 4 and 4 record (1-1 on the road), and the franchise will be playing next when the regular season begins.
The second game of the schedule is the San Antonio Spurs hosting in-state foe Houston Rockets. The game was played in front of an attendance of 16,247 at the AT&T Center. For the home squad it’s shooting guard Danny Green, who plays a total of 25 minutes, starting at the two guard. In the time the guard scored 13 points (5 for 13 ~ 2 for 6 ~ 0 for 0) to go with a pair of rebounds, a pair of steals, an assist and a turnover while having a pts differential of +4. In the end, as far as the game is concerned, it was Houston beating San Antonio by double digits, with the final score being 109 to 92. with the loss the Spurs slide to below .500 with a 3 and 4 record (2-2 at home) and will be back in action once the NBA regular season is under way.
Last on the slate is the game that has the Golden State Warriors hosting the Portland Trail Blazers. The game was played at the ORACLE Arena with a crowd that numbered 18,307. For the home squad we should have seen second year pro Harrison Barnes, but the small forward is sitting out to take care of a small nagging foot injury. In the end, the game was won by the visiting squad, as Portland defeated Golden State by 16 points, with the final score of the game being 90 to 74. With the loss the Warriors are below .500 at 3 and 4 (2-1 at home) and will be back on the court when the regular season starts up. Side Note: It seems that Barnes, who all thought would be back for the beginning of the season, might not be ready for opening night. From San Jose Mercury News about the forward being ready for the 10/30 season opener… “We’re going to stay true to the process,” head coach Mark Jackson said before Thursday’s preseason finale. “I guess you could say there’s a possibility. We’re not sure.”
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And there it is, the full run down for the games of 10//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!