North Carolina in the NBA Recap… 11/15/13

UNC in the NBAUNC in the NBAISPORTSWEBTwitterUnlike Thursday night’s slate, which was just a pair of games, Friday night offered up 11 games altogether. Of those seven had a touch of carolina blue, with a pair being head to head match ups. And as usual when there are former Tar Heels in action, the next day on ISPORTSWEB there is the “North Carolina in the NBA” recap. So, without further interruptions, let’s get going with the run down for the games from 11/15/13…

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The first game on the schedule it’s the Milwaukee Bucks (+14.5) heading to the Hoosier State to take on the unbeaten Indiana Pacers in the first of four match ups between the squads. The game was played at the Bankers Life Fieldhouse in front of a crowd of 16,202 and was televised by Fox Sports MidWest. For the visiting team it’s power forward John Henson, who comes off the bench to play a total of 29 minutes. In that time the second year pro scores eight points (3 for 8 ~ 0 for 0 ~ 2 for 2) to go along with eight rebounds, three blocks, an assist and a turnover while having a -21 pts differential. In a lopsided game it was Indiana winning this one big, defeating Milwaukee by 27 points, with the final score being 104 to 77.

The Franchise: The loss, the fourth one in a row, drops the Bucks to 2 and 6 (1-4 on the road) and are now last in the Eastern Conference, but just one game behind from the last play off spot. The team will be back in action on 11/16 versus the Thunder.

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Next up is the game between the Chicago Bulls and the Toronto Raptors (-1) in what was the first of four clashes between the two franchises. The game was broadcasted by TSN and was disputed in front of a sold out attendance of 19,800 at the Air Canada Centre. For the home squad it’s power forward Tyler Hansbrough, who comes off the pine for 20 minutes. In that stint the former National Player of the Year scores six points (1 for 4 ~ 0 for 0 ~ 4 for 4) to go with five rebounds and having a pts differential of -4. In another lopsided win it’s Chicago beating Toronto by double figures, with the final tally being 96 to 80.

The Franchise: With the loss the Raptors slides to 4 and 6 (2-2 at home) and are the last team in the playoff chase. The squad will be back in action on 11/17 against the Trail Blazers.

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The third game on the slate is a head to head match up as the Charlotte Bobcats and Cleveland Cavaliers (-6) play one another for the second time (of four) this season, the first one going to the Bobcats 90 to 84. The game was played at the Quicken Loans Arena with a crowd that numbered 18,679 and was shown on Fox Sports Ohio. For the visiting squad from the East Coast it should have been big man Brendan Haywood, but the seven footer is still recovering from an operation on his foot. On the other side of the ball it’s another center, Tyler Zeller, who comes off the bench to play a total of 14 minutes. In that time span the second year pro scored 5 points (2 for 6 ~ 0 for 0 ~ 1 for 2) to go with four rebounds, two blocks, an assist and a turnover while registering a -13 pts differential. in a low scoring game, which was also an upset of sort, it was Charlotte winning by a half dozen, beating Cleveland by the final of 86 to 80.

The Franchise: The win puts the Bobcats at 5 and 4 (3-2 on the road) and are sixth in the Eastern Conference race, four games behind the top team and 1.5 in front of the eighth squad. The team will be once again be back on 11/16 when they host the Heat.

The Franchise: The loss, the third in a row, drops the Cleveland Cavaliers to 3 and 7 (3-1 at home) and are 11th in the Easter Conference, one game behind the last spot in the playoff race. The squad will be back on the hardwoods on 11/16 when they head to the nation’s capital to play the Wizards.

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The halfway point of this run down is the game between the Dallas Mavericks (+8) and the defending NBA champions Miami Heat in what was the first of a pair of games between the franchises. The game was shown on SUN and disputed at the AmericanAirlines Arena with a sold out attendance of 19,772. For the team from the lone star state it’s a trio of former North Carolina players, beginning with veteran Vince Carter, who comes off the bench for 27 minutes. In that time the shooting guard scores 21 points (7 for 12 ~ 3 for 6 ~ 4 for 4) to go with three rebounds, an assist, a steal, a block and a trio of turnovers while having a -15 pts differential. The other two former Heels, shooting guard Wayne Ellington and center Brandan Wright, do not play in this one. In a pretty high scoring affair it was Miami taking down Dallas by a half dozen, with the final score being 110 to 104.

The Franchise: The loss slides the Mavs to 5 and 4 (1-4 on the road) and are now tied for the last spot in the Western Conference playoff race. The squad will be once again on the hardwoods on 11/16 when they head to take on the Magic.

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Next up on the slate is the one that has the Denver Nuggets (+1) hosting the Minnesota Timberwolves in what was the first of a quartet of games between the teams. The game was played in front of 17,142 at the Pepsi Center and was shown nationally by ESPN/WatchESPN. For the team from the Mile High City it’s speedster Ty Lawson who played a team high 35 minutes. In that time the point guard gets a double double, scoring 14 points (6 for 16 ~ 0 for 3 ~ 2 for 2) to go with 10 assists, five rebounds, a steal and a game high six turnovers while recording a pts differential of +8. In a high scoring, tightly battled game, it was Denver winning this one, defeating Minnesota by the final tally by 117 to 113.

The Franchise: The win, the third in a row, puts the Nuggets at .500 with a 4 and 4 record (3-2 at home) and they find themselves in the 10th spot of the Western Conference, half a game behind the last playoff spot. The team will be once again on the court on 11/16 when they head to the lone star state to take on the Rockets.

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The other head to head match up on the night was the one between the San Antonio Spurs (-9.5) and the Utah Jazz in what was the first of four clashes between the squads. The game was shown by FSRM and was disputed at the EnergySolutions Arena in front of a crowd of 17,530. For the visiting team from the lone star state it’s shooting guard Danny Green, who starts and plays a total of 23 minutes. In that time frame the guard scores eight points (3 for 7 ~ 2 for 4 ~ 0 for 0) to go with six rebounds, an assist and a turnover while having a pts differential of +16. On the other side it’s power forward Marvin Williams, who comes off the bench for a total of 23 minutes. In that stint the forward scores two points (1 for 4 ~ 0 for 2 ~ 0 for 0) to go along with five rebounds, two assists, a steal and a -7 pts differential. In the end in this one it’s San Antonio winning this one, defeating Utah by the final of 91 to 82.

The Franchise: The victory, the seventh in a row, put the Spurs at 9 and 1 (5-1 on the road) and is tops in the Western Conference by a game and a half. The squad will be back on the court on 11/20 when they host the Celtics.

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The Franchise: The loss puts the Jazz at 1 and 9 (1-4 at home) and are last in the Western Conference 4.5 games behind the last spot in the playoff race. The team will try to get a second win on the season on 11/16 when they head to the Mile High City to play the Nuggets.

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And we close out this run down of the former North Carolina players with the game between the Memphis Grizzlies (-3.5) and the Los Angeles Lakers in the first of four games between the two squads. The game was televised by TWC SN and was played at the STAPLES Center in front of a sold out crowd of 18,997. For the traveling team it should have been power forward Ed Davis, but the fourth year pro did not get any playing time in this one. As far as the game went it was Memphis coming from behind to win this one, defeating Los Angeles by the final score of 89 to 86.

The Franchise: The win puts the Grizzlies at 4 and 5 (1-3 on the road) and are now 11th in the Western Conference, just one game behind the last spot in the playoff race. The team will be back in action on 11/17 when they head to take on the Kings.

ISPORTWEBFBAnd there it is, the full run down for the games of 11/15/13 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!

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