After a small slate the NBA was back with a big one last night, as they had 13 games in all. Of those nine had a touch of carolina blue in them. And as we all know by now, be it one former Tar Heel or all fourteen, if there was someone that once called Chapel Hill home in action the next day ISPORTSWEB will have the “North Carolina in the NBA” recap. So, without further ado, let’s get going with the run down of the games from 11/01/13…
The first game of the night is a head to head match up as the Cleveland Cavaliers (-2.5) headed south to take on the Charlotte Bobcats for the first of four match ups between the squads. The game was played at the Time Warner Cable Arena in front of 18,017 and was televised by TSOH. For the visiting team it’s second year big man Tyler Zeller, who comes off the bench for a total of nine minutes. In that time frame the the seven footer did not score (0 for 2 ~ 0 for 0 ~ 0 for 0) to go with a pair of rebounds, a steal and a -3 pts differential. On the other side it should be another former North Carolina seven footer, but Brendan Haywood is out as he recovers from surgery on his foot. In an upset, it was Charlotte winning this one by a half dozen, defeating Cleveland by the final of 90 to 84. With the win the Bobcats are now 1 and 1 (1-0 at home) and will be back on the court when they head to play the Pelicans on 11/02. The loss drops the Cavs to 1 and 1 (0-1 on the road) and will be back in action on 11/02 when they head to take on the Pacers. Side Note: This game was also a match up between the two Zeller brothers, as Cody plays for the Bobcats.
Second game on the slate is the one that has the Toronto Raptors (+2.5) headed to Hotlanta to take on the Atlanta Hawks for what was the first of a quartet of clashes between the franchises. The game was broacasted by TSOH and played in front of a sold out crowd of 18,118 at the Philips Arena. For the team from north of the border it’s power forward Tyler Hansbrough, who comes off the pine for 20 minutes of action. In that time frame he scored four points (1 for 3 ~ 0 for 1 ~ 2 for 2) to go with four rebounds, a block and a turnover while having a pts differential of -3. In the end it was the home squad winning this one, as Atlanta took down Toronto by the final of 102 to 95. With the loss the Raptors are 1 and 1 (0-1 on the road) and will once again be on the hardwoods on 11/02 as they head to take on the Bucks.
Next up it’s the Milwaukee Bucks (+2) heading to Bean Town to take on the Boston Celtics in the first of four games the teams will play this season. The game was played in front of a packed house 18,624 at the TD Garden while being televised on CSNN. For the visiting team it’s power forward John Henson coming off the bench to play a total of 25 minutes. In that stint the second year pro comes close to a double double, scoring 14 points (6 for 11 ~ 0 for 0 ~ 2 for 4) to go along with a team high nine rebounds (five on the offensive side) and a block while having a game high of +28 pts differential. In another upset it is the visiting team winning, as Milwaukee used a huge fourth quarter to beat Boston, with the final score being 105 to 98. The W puts the Bucks at 1 and 1 (1-1 on the road) and the franchise will be back in action when they host the Raptors on 11/02.
The fourth game of the slate has the Dallas Mavericks (+7) heading to take on an in-state foe in the Houston Rockets in what is going to be the first of four games between them. With a crowd that was standing room only crowd of 18.142 at the Toyota Center and broadcasted by CSN Houston. For the visiting team it was a pair of former North Carolina guards, starting with Vince Carter, who comes off the pine for 27 minutes. The veteran scored six points (2 fo 8 ~ 0 for 3 ~ 2 for 2) to go with five rebounds, an assist, a block and a TO while having a pts differential of -4. While the second Heel is Wayne Ellington, who grabs 16 minutes of playing time. In that stint the guard scores four points (1 for 7 ~ 1 for 4 ~ 1 for 1) to go along with two boards, a pair of assists and a block while having a -2 pts differential. The third former North Carolina member on the squad is Brandan Wright, but the power forward is still coming back from an injury. As far as the game went it was the home team, as Houston beat Dallas by eight points, with the final tally being 113 to 105. The loss slides the Mavs to 1 and 1 (0-1 on the road) and the team will be back on the hardwoods when they host the Grizzlies on 11/02.
Arriving at the half way point we find the Memphis Grizzlies (-7.5) hosting the Detroit Piston in what is the first of two games between the teams. The game was disputed at the FedEXForum in front of a sold out crowd that numbered 18,199 and was shown on TSOH. For the home squad it’s power forward Ed Davis, who came off the bench for 17 minutes. In that time frame the forward scored five points (2 for 2 ~ 0 for 0 ~ 1 for 1) to go with three rebounds and a pair of turnovers while having a pts differential of +6. In a game that had to go to overtime to be decided, in the end it was Memphis winning this one, beating Detroit by three, with the final being 111 to 108. With the victory the Grizzlies are now 1 and 1 (1-0 at home) and the squad is going back on the court when they head to take on the Mavs on 11/02.
Moving on in the run down it’s the Portland Trail Blazers headed to the Mile High City to take on the Denver Nuggets (-4.5) in what is going to be the first of four games. The game was played at the Pepsi Center in front of a sold out crowd that numbered 19,155 while being televised on ALT. For the home squad it’s speedster Ty Lawson, who starts and plays a game high 36 minutes. In that time the floor general scores a team high 21 points (7 for 16 ~ 2 for 5 ~ 5 for 8) to go with six assists, five rebounds and a steal while having a -11 pts differential. In the end, it was an upset for the visiting squad, as Portland defeated Denver by double digits, with the final score being 113 to 98. The loss keeps the Nuggets winless on the season, 0 and 2 (0-1 at home), and the franchise will seek its first win when they host the Spurs on 11/05.
The next game on the schedule has the Utah Jazz (+3) going to the Copper State to take on the Phoenix Suns in the first of four games the two franchise will have against one another. The game was broadcastes by FSAZ and played at the US Airways Center in front of 14,662. For the visiting squad it should have been power forward Marvin Williams, but the eight year pro is still not playing as deals with an achilles rehab. In this low scoring game it was Phoenix beating Utah by three, with the score being 87 to 84. The loss drops the Jazz to 0 and 2 (0-1 on the road) and the franchise will once again be playing on 11/02 when they host the Rockets.
The second to last match up is a Cali in-state battle as the Los Angeles Clippers (-3.5) headed to Sac-Town to play the Sacramento Kings in the first of four games. The game was televised by CSAC and played in front of a sold out crowd of 17,137 at the Sleep Train Arena. For the visiting squad it should have been a pair of North Carolina players, but both veteran power forward Antawn Jamison and rookie shooting guard Reggie Bullock never got on the hardwoods in this one. Thanks to a good fourth quarter it was Los Angeles winning this one, beating Sacramento by nine, with the final tally being 110 to 101. The W puts the Clippers at 2 and 1 (1-1 on the road) for the year and the squad will be once again be playing on 11/04 when they host the Rockets.
And we close out this run down with the first of four games between the San Antonio Spurs (-9) and the Los Angeles Lakers. The game was played in front of a packed house of 18,997 at the STAPLES Center and could be watched on ESPN. For the team from the lone star state it’s shooting guard Danny Green, who starts and plays a total of 21 minutes. In that stint the guard scores three points (1 for 6 ~ 1 for 2 ~ 0 for 0) to go along with a pair of rebounds, two steals, an assist and had a pts differential of -1. As far as the game went it was San Antonio winning this one by a half dozen, defeating Los Angeles by the final of 91 to 85. The win keeps the Spurs unbeaten, 2 and 0 (1-0 on the road), and will once again be playing on 11/02 when they head to the Trail Blazers.
And there it is, the full run down for the games of 11/01/13 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!