In a mid size slate last night the NBA had a total of eight games, five of them involving former Tar Heels, with two games being head to head match ups. And, as usual, when there are games in the Association involving former Carolina players the next day there will be a “North Carolina in the NBA” recap on ISPORTSWEB. So, let’s check out the games from 12/03/13…
The first game on the schedule has the Milwaukee Bucks going to Bean Town to take on the Boston Celtics in what was the third of four games between the two franchises, with the first two being split by the squads. The match up was held at the TD Garden in front of a crowd of 16,649 and was televised by CSNN. For the traveling squad it’s second year pro John Henson, who starts and plays a total of 29 minutes. In that time the power forward scored 11 points (4 for 8 ~ 0 for 0 ~ 3 for 5) to go with five rebounds, two assists, a block and three steals while having a -10 pts differential. In the end it was the home team, as Boston defeated Milwaukee by the final of 108 to 100.
The loss drops the Bucks to a 3 and 14 (1-8 on the road) record for the season and the squad is in last place in the Eastern Conference, four games behind the last playoff spot. The franchise will be back in action on 12/04 when they host the Pistons.
Moving on to the next game it’s the Denver Nuggets going to the Big Apple to play the new kid on the block Brooklyn Nets in the first of a pair of clashes between the squads. The game was shown on ALT and disputed in front of an attendance of 17,732 at the Barclays Center. For the away squad it’s speedster Ty Lawson, who starts and plays 27 minutes in all. In that time frame the point guard scores 13 points (4 for 8 ~ 0 for 1 ~ 5 for 7) to go with six assists, three rebounds and three turnovers while registering a pts differential of +9. In the end it was the visiting team winning, as Denver took the game by 24, defeating Brooklyn by the score of 111 to 87.
The victory now places the Nuggets with a 11 and 6 (5-4 on the road) record for the year and the team is right now at the sixth spot in the Western Conference, a game ahead of the last playoff slot. The franchise will be back on the hardwoods on 12/04 as they head to play the Cavs.
Midway point of this North Carolina run down is the game that has the Memphis Grizzlies hosting the Phoenix Suns in the first of a quartet of matches between the teams. The game was played at the FedEx Forum in front of a crowd that numbered 15,069 and was shown on television by TSOH. For the home squad it Ed Davis, who starts and plays 33 minutes. In that time the power forward scored a double double, scoring 21 points (8 for 11 ~ 0 for 0 ~ 5 for 11) to go along with a dozen rebounds (3 on the offensive side), a pair of blocks, an assist and a turnover while tallying up a +21 pts differential. In a lopsided game it was Memphis taking this one, defeating Phoenix by 19 points, with the final score being 110 to 91.
The win pushes the Grizzlies to a 9 and 8 (4-5 at home) record and the team is at the 10th spot in the Western Conference, a game behind the last playoff spot. The franchise will be back playing on 12/05 when they head to Tinsel Town to take on the Clippers.
The fourth game in this slate is the first of the head to head match ups as the Charlotte Bobcats head to the lone star state to take on the Dallas Mavericks in the first of a pair of match ups between the teams. The game was shown on Fox Sports SouthWest and was disputed at the American Airlines Center with a a packed house of 19,612. For the visiting team we should be able to see seven footer Brendan Haywood, but the veteran center is still nowhere close to being ready to come back to the hardwoods as he is recouping from a foot operation. On the other side, for the home squad it’s a trio of former North Carolina players, with veteran Vince Carter being the only one to see any playing time, coming off the bench for 26 minutes. In that time span the shooting guard scores 10 points (3 for 8 ~ 2 for 5 ~ 2 for 4) to go along with seven rebounds, three assists, a steal and a turnover while tallying a +3 pts differential. The other two former Heels, center Brandan Wright and shooting guard Wayne Ellington, do not see any action. In a low scoring game it’s Dallas coming out on top, beating Charlotte by the final of 89 to 82.
The win puts the Mavs at 11 and 8 (9-2 at home) for the year and the squad is right now the seventh place in the Western Conference, a game behind the first team out of the playoff. The franchise will be back playing on 12/04 when they head to the Big East to take on the Pelicans.
The loss drops the Bobcats to 8 and 11 (4-5 on the road) for the season with the team now in the eighth spot in the Eastern Conference, a game in front of the next team in the playoff chase. The franchise is once again on the hardwoods on 12/06 when they host the 76′ers.
And we close this run down for the former North Carolina playes with another head to head match up as the Toronto Raptors and the Golden State Warriors went at it for the first of two clashes between the franchises. The game was played at the ORACLE Arena in front of a sold out crowd that numbered 19,596 and was shown on television by CSNB. For the team from north of the border it’s Tyler Hansbrough, who starts and gets a total of 29 minutes. In that time fram the power forward scored two points (1 for 4 ~ 0 for 0 ~ 0 for 1) to go along with nine rebounds, three assists, a steal and a turnover while having a pts differential of +7. On the other side, for the home squad, it’s second year pro Harrison Barnes, who starts and plays 31 minutes in all. In that stint the small forward score 19 points (7 for 12 ~ 2 for 5 ~ 3 for 6) to go with three boards, two assists, a pair of steals and a turnover while registering a -8 pts differential. In the end it was the home squad winning this one, as Golden State beat Toronto by the final score of 112 to 103.
The victory lifts the Warriors to a 11 and 8 (6-2 at home) for the season and the squad is now holding the eighth place in the Western Conference, a game ahead of the next team in the playoff chase. The franchise will be back on the court on 12/06 when they head to take on the Rockets.
The loss drops the Raptors to a 6 and 11 (3-5 on the road) record for the year and the team is the 10th team in the Western Conference, a game behind the last playoff spot. The franchise will be back playing on 12/06 when they travel to take on the Suns.
And there it is, the full run down for the games of 12/03/13 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!