A decent size slate in the National Basketball Association last night with eight games. All of them but one had a touch of carolina blue in them. Of course, as we know, anytime a former UNC player is in action the next day ISPORTSWEB will have the “North Carolina in the NBA” recap. So, without anymore interruptions, let’s get going with the run down for the games from 11/02/13…
First up on the schedule is the one that has the Cleveland Cavaliers (+8.5) going to the Hoosier State to take on the Indiana Pacers in what was the first of four clashes. The game was played at the Bankers Life Fieldhouse in front of an attendance of 16,242 and the game was televised by FSMW. For the visiting squad it’s seven footer Tyler Zeller, who comes off the bench and plays a total of 18 minutes. In that stint the center scores six points (2 for 3 ~ 0 for 0 ~ 2 for 2) to go with three rebounds, a block and a turnover while having a pts differential of -8. In the end it was the home squad taking this one, as Indiana beat Cleveland by double digits, with the final score being 89 to 74. The loss puts the Cavs at 1 and 2 (0-2 on the road) and the franchise will be back in action on 11/04 when they host the Timberwolves.
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Moving on to the second game of the night we find the Charlotte Bobcats (+8) heading to The Big Easy to take on the New Orleans Pelican in what will be the first of a couple of games between the franchises. The game was played in front of a crowd that numbered 15,232 at the New Orleans Arena. For the visiting team from the east coast we should be seeing another seven footer in Brendan Haywood, but the big man is recovering from an operation to fix a stress fracture on his foot. As far as the game went it was all New Orleans in this one, defeating Charlotte by 21 points, with the final being 105 to 84. The Bobcats are now 1 and 2 (0-2 on the road) and will be back on the court when they head to the Big Apple to take on the Knicks on 10/04.
Next up on the slate is the head to head match up between the Memphis Grizzlies and the Dallas Mavericks (-2.5) in the first of four match ups. The game was broadcasted by FSSW and was played at the American Airlines Center with a stand room only crowd of 20,262. For the visiting squad we have power forward Ed Davis, who comes off the bench to play for six minutes. In that stint the third year man scores two points (1 for 1 ~ 0 for 0 ~ 0 for 0) to go with a rebound, an assist, a steal and having a -10 pts differential. On the other side of the all it should be a trio of former North Carolina players, but two of them, center Brandan Wright and shooting guard Wayne Ellington, do not play, with the former not even being dressed and the latter not being used by the head coach. Who did play for the home squad was Vince Carter, who comes off the pine for 26 minutes. In that time frame the veteran shooting guard scores 11 points (3 for 8 ~ 1 for 4 ~ 4 for 5) to wo tiwh a pair of assists, a board while having a pts differential of +8. As far as the match up went it was Dallas winning by a dozen, beating Memphis by the final of 111 to 99. The win elevates the Mavs to a 2 and 1 record (2-0 at home) and the franchise will be looking for more on 11/05 when they host the Lakers. The loss slides the Grizzlies below .500 at 1 and 2 (0-2 on the road) and the squad will be back at it vs the Celtics on 11/04.
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The halfway point arrives with another head to head game between the Toronto Raptors (-1) and the Milwaukee Bucks, in what was the first of a quartet of games the teams will have against one another. The game was played at the BMO Harris Center in front of an attendance that counted 16,046 and was shown on tv by FSWI. For the team from north of the border it is the former National Player of the Year under Roy Williams Tyler Hansbrough, who plays a total of 16 minutes off the bench. In that stint the power forward scores seven points (2 for 3 ~ 0 for 0 ~ 3 for 4) to go with a half dozen rebounds and a turnover while having a 0 pts differential. On the other side, it’s John Henson, who gets 25 minutes in all. In that time frame the power forward scores 13 points (6 for 9 ~ 0 for 0 ~ 1 for 2) to go along with three boards, a pair of steals, a block and two turnovers while having a pts differential of -7. In the first game of that night where at least one team didn’t hit the century mark, it was Toronto taking this one by seven, taking down Milwaukee by the final tally of 97 to 90. The victory now puts the Raptors at 2 and 1 (1-1 on the road) and they will once again be on the hardwoods on 11/05 when they host the defending champions Heat. The loss drops the Bucks to 1 and 2 (0-1 at home) and they will try to bounce back when they face the Cavs at home on 11/06.
The fifth game for 11/02 is the one with the Utah Jazz (+6) hosting the Houston Rockets in what will be one of three games disputed between the squads. The game was covered by FSRM and played in front of a sold out crowd of 19,498 at the EnergySolutions Arena. For the home squad it’s should have been power forward Marvin Williams, but while he was in attendance the eight year pro is still rehabbing an achilles injury. In the end it was the visiting team winning this one, as Houston defeated Utah by double digits, with the final score being 104 to 93. The loss keeps the Jazz winless so far in the season at 0 and 3 (0-2 at home) and the franchise will try for its first win on 11/05 when they head to NYC to take on the Nets.
The second to last game of the night has the San Antonio Spurs (-1.5) taking on the Portland Trail Blazers in the first of four clashes. The game was played at the Rose Garden in front of a standing room only attendance of 20,028 while being televised by KGW. For the visiting squad it’s shooting guard Danny Green, who starts and plays for 17 minutes. In that time the guard does not score (0 for 3 ~ 0 for 1 ~ 0 for 0) and just has a block while having a pts differential of 0. In what was a minor upset it was Portland winning by ten over San Antonio, with the final score being 115 to 105. The loss drops the Spurs from the unbeaten column and are now 2 and 1 (1-1 on the road) and will be back at it on 11/05 when they head to the Mile High City to take on the Nuggets.
And we close out this run down with the match up between the Sacramento Kings and the Golden State Warriors (-10), who this year will meet for four time. The TV coverage was on SCNB and the game was played at the ORACLE Arena in front of a sold out crowd of 19,596. For the home team we should see second year pro Harrison Barnes, but the small forward still does not see any action due to a nagging foot injury suffered in the pre-season. In the end the home squad took this one by double digits, with Golden State defeating Sacramento by the final of 98 to 87. The W puts the Warriors at 2 and 1 (2-0 at home) on the season and the team will be back on the hardwoods on 11/04 when they head to take on the 76′ers.
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And there it is, the full run down for the games of 11/02/13 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!