Should have been an eight game slate in the NBA last night, but one of the games that was to be played had to be postponed as the arena filled up with smoke before the two teams took to the hardwoods. So, in all, the slate was seven games, with five of them having a touch of carolina blue, one being a head to head match up. But as long as there is one former Tar Heel in action the next day on ISPORTSWEB there will be the “North Carolina in the NBA” recap…
The first game of the schedule, which was also the only head to head match up, was the one between the Denver Nuggets (-3.5) and the Cleveland Cavaliers in what was the first of a pair of clashes between the franchises. This one was played at the Quicken Loans Arena in front of a crowd of 14,642 and was televised by Fox Sports Ohio. For the team from the Mile High City it’s speedster Ty Lawson, who played a game high 35 minutes. In that time the point guard scored four points (1 for 13 ~ 0 for 3 ~ 2 for 3) to go with 11 assists, three steals, two rebounds, a block and three turnoverovers while having a -3 pts differential. On the other side it should have been seven footer Tyler Zeller, but he does not play in this one, even if he was on the bench. In the end, in an upset, it’s Cleveland taking Denver down, with the final score of 98 to 88.
The win propels the Cavs to 6 and 12 (5-3 at home) on the season and the team is now at the 10th spot in the Eastern Conference, 1.5 games behind the last playoff spot. The franchise will be back in action on 12/06 when they travel to take on the Hawks.
The loss slides the Nuggets to 11 and 7 (5-5 on the road) and the squad is now in the sixth spot of the Western Conference, a half game ahead of the last playoff spot. The franchise is going to be back on the hardwoods on 12/06 when they head to Bean Town to take on the Celtics.
The next game up is the one between the Los Angeles Clippers (-2.5) and the Atlanta Hawks in the first of two match ups between these teams. The game was shown on TSOH and was disputed at the Philips Arena in front of 12,020 fans. For the visting team it’s a pair of former North Carolina players, starting with veteran Antawn Jamison, who played ten minutes coming off the bench. In that time the power forward did not score (0 for 2 ~ 0 for 1 ~ 0 for 0) to go with a pair of rebounds while registering a pts differential of +4. While the other is rookie Reggie Bullock, who also plays ten minutes in this one. In that stint the shooting guard does not score either (0 for 0 ~ 0 for 0 ~ 0 for 0) to go along with a pair of boards and an assist while having a -1 pts differential. In another upset, it’s Atlanta taking this one by ten, defeating Los Angeles by the score of 107 to 97.
With the loss the Clippers drop to 12 and 7 (4-5 on the road) for the season and the squad is now in the fourth spot in the Western Conference, a game ahead of the last spot and four behind the first place squad. The franchise is going to be back playing on 12/05 when they head out to take on the Grizzlies.
The midpoint of the recap is the game between the Detroit Pistons and the Milwaukee Bucks (+4.5) in the second of four games between the two squads, with the first one going to the Pistons 113 to 94. The match up was disputed in front of a crowd of 12,835 at the BMO Harris Bradley Center and was shown on television by Fox Sports Wisconsin. For the home squad it’s second year pro John Henson, who starts and plays a team high 30 minutes. In that time the power forward comes close to a double double by scoring a dozen points (5 for 14 ~ 0 for 0 ~ 2 for 2) to go with nine rebounds (four on the offensive side), three blocks, a pair of assists, two steals and three turnovers while tallying a -15 pts differential. In this one it was Detroit taking care of Milwaukee by seven, with the final being 105 to 98.
The loss drops the Bucks to a 3 and 15 (2-7 at home) and the team is dead last in the Eastern Conference, 4.5 games behind the last playoff spot. The franchise will once again be playing on 12/06 when they host the Wizards.
The second to last game of the night is the one featuring the Dallas Mavericks (+2.5) and the New Orleans Pelicans in the first of a quartet of matchs up between the franchises. The game was played at the New Orleans Arena in front of an attendance of 14,524. For the traveling team it’s a trio of North Carolina players, with center Brandan Wright not being on the court. However other two were, beginning with veteran Vince Carter, who played for 24 minutes. In that time the shooting guard scored 15 points (5 for 9 ~ 3 for 4 ~ 2 for 2) to go with five rebounds, four assists and a turnover while having a +7 pts differential. The other was Wayne Ellington, who just got four minutes. In that stint the guard does not scores (0 for 2 ~ 0 for 1 ~ 0 for 0) to go along with a board, an assist and a block while registering a pts differential of -5. As far as the game was it was yet another upset as Dallas squeaked by New Orleans by three, with the final tally being 100 to 97.
The win puts the Mavs at 12 and 8 (3-6 on the road) and that places the squad as the seventh team in the Western Conference, half a game ahead of the last playoff spot. The franchise will be once again on the court on 12/07 when they head to play the Trail Blazers.
And we close out this run down with the game between the Indiana Pacers and the Utah Jazz (+8) in the first of a pair of match ups between the franchises. The game was played at the Energy Solutions Arena in front of a crowd that numbered 15,519 and was televised by FSRM. For the home squad it was supposed to be Marvin Williams, but due to an heel problem he did not even dress up for the game and will likely miss a couple of other games. In this one it was Indiana winning by nine, defeating Utah by the score of 95 to 86.
With the loss the Jazz are now 4 and 16 (3-7 at home) for the season keeping the team as the last place team in the Western Conference, 7.5 games behind the last playoff spot. The franchise will be back on the court on 12/06 when they head to take on the Trail Blazers.
And there it is, the full run down for the games of 12/04/13 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!