After a small slate to begin the season, the National Basketball Association goes big, with fourteen games on the second day of the 2013-14 campaign. Of those nine have former UNC players in them, several games with ex Heels on both teams. And as we all know, be it just one or all fourteen, if any players that once called Chapel Hill home are in action, the next there will be the “North Carolin in the NBA” recap. So, without further ado, let’s get to the run down for the games from 10/30/13…
The first game of the night has the Cleveland Cavaliers (+3.5) hosting the Brooklyn Nets in what is the first of four times the two clubs will meet. The game was televised by NBATV and was played at the Quicken Loans Arena in front of a sold out crowd that numbered 20,562. For the home team it’s seven footer Tyler Zeller, who come off the bench for a total of four minutes in all. In that stint the power forward does not score (0 for 0 ~ 0 for 0 ~ 0 for 0) with just a turnover and a pts differential of -2. As far as the game went, it was Cleveland stunning Brooklyn by 4, with the final score being 98 to 94. With the victory the Cavs begin their season on a positive note, 1 and 0 (1-0 at home), and will be back in action on 11/01 when they head south to take on the Bobcats.
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Next game on the slate is the one that has the Boston Celtics heading north of the border to take on the Toronto Raptors (-8) for what is the first of four match ups between the franchises. The game was played at the Air Canada Centre in front of a full house of 20,155 and was broadcasted on CSNN. For the home squad it’s former National Player of the Year Tyler Hansbrough, who gets a total of 25 minutes off the bench, which is the most any substitute got. In that time fram the power forward scored seven points (3 for 4 ~ 0 for 0 ~ 1 for 2) to go with a game high 12 rebounds (five offensive) and team high three blocks while ending with a -3 pts differential. In the end, it was Toronto winning this one, pulling away in the fourth quarter, defeating Boston by a half dozen, with the final tally being 93 to 87. The season starts in a positive way for the Raptors, at 1 and 0 (1-0 at home), and the squad will face the Hawks on the road on 11/01.
The third game of the schedule is also the first game with former North Carolina on each side as the Milwaukee Bucks (+8) head to the Big Apple to take on the New York Knicks in what is the first of a quarter of match ups the two squads will have this season. The game was played at the newly redone Madison Square Garden in front of a 19,812 and was televised by MSG. For the visiting team it’s second year pro John Henson, who comes off the bench and plays 17 minutes. In that stint the power forward scores five points (2 for 2 ~ 0 for 0 ~ 1 for 2) to go with two steals, a pair of blocks, a rebound, an assist and a turnover while having a +2 pts differential. On the other side, for the home franchise, it’s veteran point guard Raymon Felton, who starts and plays 34 minutes in this one. In that time frame the floor general scores 18 points (7 for 12 ~ 0 for 1 ~ 4 for 4) to go with three assists, three steals, a rebound and a trio of turnovers while having a pts differential of +11. In the end, in this one, it was New York beating Milwaukee by seven, with the final being 90 to 83. The win gives Knicks it’s first win of the season, 1 and 0 (1-0 at home) and the franchise will be back on the court when they face the Bulls on the road on 10/31. The Bucks begin the season with a loss, 0 and 1 (0-1 on the road), and will try to turn things around on 11/01 when they head to Bean Town to take on the Celtics.
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Moving down the slate, the next game has the Charlotte Bobcats (+12) heading to the lone star state to take on the Houston Rockets in what will be the first of two meetings between these squads. This game was played in front of a sold out crowd that numbered 18,083 at the Toyota Center and was televised by CSN Houston. For the visiting team we should be seeing seven footer Brendan Haywood, but the big man does not even come on the trip as he is recovering from a surgery to fix a stress fracture, and should not be back with the franchise for at least another 12 weeks. As far as the game went it was Houston winning by double digits, beating Charlotte 96 to 83. With the loss the Bobcats begin the 2013-14 season at 0 and 1 (0-1 on the road) and will once again be playing 11/01 when they host the Cavaliers.
At the halfway mark of the slate we find a team with a trio of former North Carolina hardwood players as the Dallas Maverics (-5.5) host the Atlanta Hawks in what is the first of a pair of match ups. The game was shown on FSSW and played at the American Airlines Center in front of a packed house of 19,834. For the home squad, Brandan Wright does not play, as he keeps recovering from a shoulder injury, but no true date has been given for his return to action. On the other hand, veteran shooting guard Vince Carter, does play, as he comes off the bench for 21 minutes. In that stint the guard scores 21 points (9 for 16 ~ 2 for 5 ~ 1 for 2) to go with four rebounds, two assists, a steal and a pair of turnovers while having a -6 pts differential. Also getting playing time, six minutes overall off the bench, is Wayne Ellington. In that time frame the shooting guard scores a half dozen points (2 for 4 ~ 1 for 3 ~ 1 for 2) to go along with three boards, a steal and having a pts differential of +3. In a high scoring affair it’s the home squad, as Dallas defeats Atlanta by nine, the final tally being 118 to 109. The W gives the Mavs a positive note to begin the campaign, 1 and 0 (1-0 at home), the the Texas franchise will be back on the hardwoods as they travel to in-state foe the Rockets on 11/01.
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Moving on we find the second of the head to head games, as the Memphis Grizzlies take on the San Antonio Spurs (-5), which was the first of four clashes between these franchises. The game was televised by KENS and was watched by sold out arena of 18,581 at the AT&T Center. For the visiting team it’s big man Ed Davis, who comes off the bench for eight minutes. In that stint the power forward does not score (0 for 2 ~ 0 for 0 ~ 0 for 0) to go with three boards and has a pts differential of -2. For the home franchise it’s Danny Green, who starts at the two guard and plays for 23 minutes. In that time the guard scores seven points (3 for 7 ~ 1 for 3 ~ 0 for 0) to go with a rebound, an assist, two blocks and four turnovers to go with a -1 pts differential. When it was all said and done it was the home team, with San Antonio beating Memphis by seven, with the final score being 101 to 94. The win puts the Spurs at 1 and 0 (1-0 at home) and the franchise will be back to play the Lakers on the road on 11/01. The loss puts the Grizzlies at 0 and 1 (0-1 on the road) and the squad will be back on the hardwoods on 11/01 as they host the Pistons.
Next on the night it’s the Oklahoma City Thunder going to play the Utah Jazz (+6) in what is the first of a set of four games between the teams. The game went on at the EnergySolutions Arena with a crowd that numbered 19,911, which is a sell out. For the home squad it should have been power forward Marvin Williams, but the eight year pro does not see any action in this game. Williams is working back from an achilles injury, and while the forward did some three on three drills there is still no time table for when he will be back on the court. As far as the game went it was Oklahoma City beating Utah by three, with the final score being 101 to 98. The loss puts the Jazz at 0 and 1 (0-1 at home) to start off the 2013-14 campaign, and the franchise will be back on the hardwoods on 11/01 as they head to take on the Suns.
The second to last game is the one that has the Denver Nuggets (+3) headed to Sac-Town to take on the Sacramento Kings in what is going to be one of a trio of match ups between the squads. The game was played at the Sleep Train Arena in front of a packed house of 17,137. For the visiting team it’s speedster Ty Lawson, who starts and plays a team high 36 minutes. In that stint the point guard scores a team high 20 points (5 for 15 ~ 2 for 4 ~ 0 for 0) to go with a game high eight assists, five rebounds, a pair of steals and four turnovers while having a +12 pts differential. In what was a tight game, it was Sacramento winning by a duece, defeating Denver 90 to 88. With the loss the Nuggets are 0 and 1 (0-1 on the road) and will be back on the court on 11/01 when they host the Trail Blazers.
And finally, the last game of the night featuring former North Carolina players is the Los Angeles Lakers taking on an in-state opponent in the Golden State Warriors (-12) in what is the first of four games between the franchises. The game was televised by NBATV and played at the ORACLE Arena in front of a sold out crowd that numbered 19,596. For the home squad it shoud have been second year pro Harrison Barnes, but the small forward does not even enter the game. The forward is still fighting off a nagging foot injury and should be back on the court soon enough. As far as the game went it was a home squad land slide, as Golden State took this one by 31, beating Los Angeles 125 to 94. The W starts the Nuggets 1 and 0 (1-0 at home) on the season and the squad will be back in action once again when they head to Tinsel Town to take on the clippers on 10/31.
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And there it is, the full run down for the games of 10/30/13 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!