Yesterday’s slate in the NBA was just six games, with all but one having a touch of carolina blue, a pair of them being head to head match ups. Of course, like any other day, if there are former Tar Heels in action, the next day on ISPORTSWEB there will be the “North Carolina in the NBA” recap. So, let’s check out how the former UNC players did last night in the Association…
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First game of the night is the one that has the Charlotte Bobcats (+12.5) going to the Windy City to take on the Chicago Bulls in what was the first of a quartet of match ups between the two franchises. The game was held at the United Center in front of a standing room only crowd of 21,628 and was televised by CSNC. For the visiting team it should be big man Brendan Haywood, but the seven footer is still way off from coming back into action after a foot operation stemming from an injury in the pre-season. In a very low scoring game it was Chicago defeating Charlotte in this one, with the final score being 86 to 81.
The Franchise: The loss puts the Bobcats below .500 at 5 and 6 (3-3 on the road) and the team is in sixth place in the Eastern Conference race, a game ahead of the last playoff spot. The squad will be back in action on 11/20 when they host the Nets.
Power Ranking: Charlotte is 22nd in this week’s ISPORTSWEB power ranking… up five from last week!
The next game on the schedule is the one between the Denver Nuggets (+9) and the Oklahoma City Thunder in what was the first of four match ups between the two squads. The game was broadcasted on Fox Sports Oklahoma and was disputed at the Chesapeake Energy Arena in front of a sold out attendance of 18,203. For the team from the Mile High City it’s speedster Ty Lawson, who plays a team high 37 minutes in this one, In that time the point guard scores a team high 29 points (9 for 17 ~ 1 for 5 ~ 10 for 12) to go along with a game high eight assists, four rebounds and a turnover while registering a -4 pts differential. In a high scoring game, thanks to a fourth quarter rally, it was Oklahoma City winning this one by a duece, beating Denver by the final of 115 to 113.
The Franchise: The loss slides the Nuggets to 4 and 6 (1-4 on the road) for the year and the team is now in 12th place in the Western Conference, 2.5 back of the last playoff spot. The squad will be back in action on 11/21 when they host the Bulls.
Power Ranking: Denver is 14th in this week’s ISPORTSWEB power ranking… up 11 from last week!
The halfway mark of the slate is the game that has the Dallas Mavericks (-11.5) hosting the Philadelphia 76′ers in the first of a pair of games between them. The match up was viewed by a standing room only crowd of 19,790 at the American Airlines Center and shown FSSW. For the home squad it should be a trio of former North Carolina players, but both center Brandan Wright and shooting guard Wayne Ellington do not see any action. On the other hand, Vince Carter does, playing a total of 25 minutes coming off the pine. In that time the shooting guard scores six points (2 for 5 ~ 1 for 3 ~ 1 for 2) to go with four rebounds, two assists, two blocks, a steal and a turnover while having a pts differential of +12. In another tight game, it’s Dallas taking this one, defeating Philadelphia by three, by the final score of 97 to 94.
The Franchise: The win puts the Mavs at 7 and 4 (5-0 at home) and placing the team as the eighth team in the Western Conference playoff chase. The squad will be once again on the court on 11/20 when they host the Rockets.
Power Ranking: Dallas is 13th in this week’s ISPORTSWEB power ranking… down three from last week!
the fourth game is also the first head to head match up of the night as the Golden State Warriors (-8) heads to take on the Utah Jazz in the second of four games, with the first one going to Warriors 102 to 88. The game was played at the EnergySolutions Arena in front of 16,051 and was shown on FSRM. For the traveling team it’s second year pro Harrison Barnes, who comes off the bench to play 29 minutes. In that time frame the small forward scored 17 points (7 for 10 ~ 2 for 2 ~ 1 for 2) to go with five rebounds and an assist while getting a pts differential of +20. On the other side it’s power forward Marvin Williams, who plays a total of 30 minutes coming off the pine. In that time frame the forward scored 16 points (5 for 11 ~ 2 for 4 ~ 4 for 6) to go with eight boards, an assist, a steal and a block and having a -9 pts differential. In the end it was the visiting team winning this one, as Golden State took down Utah by 11, with the final tally being 98 to 87.
The Franchise: The win, fourth in a row, gives the Warriors a 8 and 3 (3-3 on the road) record for the season and has the team at the third slot in the Western Conference in the playoff race, 1.5 games behind the leader. The squad will get back on hardwoods on 11/20 when they host the Grizzlies.
Power Ranking: Golden State is seventh in this week’s ISPORTSWEB power ranking… up one from last week!
The Franchise: The loss drops the Jazz to 1 and 11 (1-5 at home) on the year and the team is in dead last place in the Western Conference, 6.5 games behind the last playoff spots. The squad will try to get win number two when they play the Pelicans on the road on 11/20.
Power Ranking: is 30th in this week’s ISPORTSWEB power ranking… even from last week!
And finally, we close out with the game between the Memphis Grizzlies and the Los Angeles Clippers (-8) in what is the first of a trio of clashes between the franchises. The game was shown on FSW2 and disputed at the STAPLES Center in front of a sold out crowd that numbered 19,060. For the visiting team it should have been Ed Davis, but the power forward does not get into the game. On the other side it’s a pair of former Nort Carolina players, veteran power forward Antawn Jamison and rookie shooting guard Reggie Bullock, but they too do not see any action in this one. As far as the game went it was an upset, as Memphis defeated Los Angeles by four, with the final being 106 to 102.
The Franchise: The win propels the Grizzlies to a 6 and 5 (3-3 on the road) record and the team is currently tenth in the Western Conference, 1 game behind the last spot in the playoff run. The squad is back in action on 11/20 when they play the Nuggets on the road.
Power Ranking: Memphis is 12th in this week’s ISPORTSWEB power ranking… down three from last week!
The Franchise: The loss drops the Clippers to a record of 7 and 4 (5-1 at home) and are now in the fifth slot in the Western Conference of the playoff chase, 2.5 games behind the top franchise. The squad will be back on the hardwoods on 11/20 when they head to take on the Timberwolves.
Power Ranking: Los Angeles is fourth in this week’s ISPORTSWEB power ranking… up one from last week!
And there it is, the full run down for the games of 11/18/13 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!