Pretty hefty schedule last night as the Association had nine games on the slate, seven had a touch of carolina blue, with a pair being a head to head match up. All of this can only mean that it’s time to once again have a “North Carolina in the NBA” recap, this edition being about the games from 11/07/13…
In the first game of seven it’s the Denver Nuggets going to the Brotherly City to take on the Philadelphia 76′ers for the first of a pair of clashed between the teams. The game was played at the Wells Fargo Center with an attendance of 13, 113 and it was shown on CSN. For the visiting team it should have been point guard Ty Lawson, but the speedy floor general was held out of the game due to a left hamstring sprain. As far as the game went it was Denver winning this one by 11, beating Philadelphia by the final of 103 to 92.
With the win the Nuggets are now 12 and 8 (6-6 on the road) for the season and the team (8-2 in the last 10 games) is holding the seventh place in the Western Conference, half a game behind the last playoff spot. The franchise will be back in action on 12/09 when they head to take on the Wizards (9-10).
The second game on the schedule, also the first head to head match up, has the Los Angeles Clippers and the Cleveland Cavaliers going at it in the first of a pair of match ups between the franchises. The game was televised nationally on NBATV and was disputed at the Quicken Loans Arena with a crowd that numbered 16,216. For the squad from California it’s a pair of former North Carolina players, beginning with veteran Antawn Jamison, who plays a total of 16 minutes in all. In that time the power forward scored one points (0 for 6 ~ 0 for 5 ~ 1 for 2) to go with six rebounds, an assist, a steal and a block while registering a pts differential of +3. The other is rookie Reggie Bullock, who plays for just seven minutes. In that stint the shooting guard does not score (0 for 2 ~ 0 for 1 ~ 0 for 0) to go with an assist and a turnover while having a -9 pts differential. On the other side it should have been seven footer Tyler Zeller, but he did not get into the game. In a low scoring affair it’s the home team winning this one, as Cleveland defeats Los Angeles by the score of 88 to 82.
The win puts the Cavs with a 7 and 13 (6-3 at home) record for the year and the squad (4-6 in the last 10) right now is ninth in the Easter Conference, two games back of the last spot of the playoff chase. The franchise will be back on the court on 12/10 when they host the Knicks (5-13).
The loss slides the Clippers to 13 and 8 (5-6 on the road) and the team (6-4 in the last 10) is fourth in the Western Conference, a game ahead of the last playoff team and four behind the leader of the pack. The franchise will be back in action on 12/09 when they travel to take on the 76′ers (7-14).
The next game on the slate is the second head to head match up with the Golden State Warriors and the Memphis Grizzlies meeting up for the third of four times, with the first two times both going to the Grizzlies. The game was played in front of 15,088 at the FedEX Forum and was shown on TSOH. For the away team it’s Harrison Barnes, who plays 36 minutes. In that time the small forward scored nine points (4 for 10 ~ 1 for 2 ~ 0 for 0) to go with four rebounds and three turnovers while having a game high +24 pts differential. On the other side, for the home squad, it should have been power forward Ed Davis, but he sits due to a sprained left ankle. In the end it was a lopsided win by Golden State, as they took down Memphis by 26, with the final tally being 108 to 82.
The win moves the Warriors to 12 and 9 (6-7 on the road) and the squad (4-6 in the last 10) is now eighth in the Western Conference, holding the last playoff spot, half a game ahead of the ninth team. The franchise will be back in action on 12/09 when they head out to take on the Bobcats (9-11).
The loss slides the Grizzlies to below .500 at 9 and 10 (4-7 at home) and the team (5-5 in the last 10) has the 12th spot in the Western Conference, two games behind the last playoff team. The franchise will once again be playing on 12/09 when the head to the sunshine state to take on the Magic (6-13).
The midpoint of the schedule as the Brooklyn Nets and the Milwaukee Bucks going at it for the first of three games between the franchises. The game was played at the BMO Harris Bradley Center in front of 14,963 and was shown on Fox Sports Wisconsin. For the home squad it’s John Henson, who started and played for 34 minutes. In that time fram the power forward scored 18 pointes (8 for 15 ~ 0 for 1 ~ 2 for 6) to go along with seven rebounds, three assists, a block and a turnover while tallying up a pts differential of -13. In another low scoring game it was the away team winning as Brooklyn beats Milwaukee by eight, with the final score being 90 to 82.
With the loss the Bucks are now 4 and 16 (2-8 at home) and the squad (2-8 in the last 10) are in dead last place in the Eastern Conference, seven games back of the last playoff team. The franchise will be back on the hardwoods on 12/10 when they head to the Windy City to take on the Bulls (8-10).
Moving on to the next game it’s the Indiana Pacers and the San Antonio Spurs in the first of two match ups the the squad will have this season. The game was shown on Fox Sports Wisconsin and disputed at the AT&T Center in front of a sold out arena of 18,581. For the home squad it’s Danny Green, who started and played 17 minutes. In that stint the the shooting guard score two points (1 for 4 ~ 0 for 2 ~ 0 for 0) to go with three boards while having a -16 pts differential. In the end it’s Indiana winning this one, defeating San Antonio by the score of 111 to 100.
The loss drops the Spurs to 15 and 4 (8-2 at home) and the team (7-3 in the last 10) is in second spot in the Western Conference, a game behind the top team and half a game ahead of the third place. The franchise will be back playing on 12/10 when they travel north of the border to take on the Raptors (6-12).
The second to last game of the night is the one between the Sacramento Kings and the Utah Jazz in what was the first of three clashes between the squads. The game was show on FSRM and was disputed at the Energy Solutions Arena in front of a crowd that numbered 16,500. For the home squad it’s Marvin Williams, but the power forward was not even on the bench as he is sidelined with a foot injury and is listed as day to day as of right now. In the end, in a game that needed overtime to be decided, it was Sacramento taking this one by ten, beating Utah by the final of 112 to 102.
With the loss, third in a row, the Jazz are now 4 and 18 (3-8 at home) and the squad (3-7 in the last 10) are in last place in the Western Conference, 8.5 games behind the last playoff spot. The franchise will be back on the hardwoods on 12/09 when they head to take on the Trail Blazers (17-4).
And we close out this run down of the former North Carolina players with the game that features Dallas Mavericks and the Portland Trail Blazers in the first of a trio of match ups between the squads. The game was played at the Moda Center in front of a standing room only attendance that numbered 20,142 and was shown nationally on NBATV. For the visiting team it was a trio of former North Carolina players, and while center Brandan Wright did not play, the other two did. Beginning with veteran Vince Carter, who came off the bench for a total of 25 minutes in all. In that time the shooting guard scores eight points (4 for 13 ~ 0 for 3 ~ 0 for 0) to go with four rebounds, four assists and a game high four turnovers while registering a ptd fifferential of -11. The other was Wayne Ellington, who came in for less than a minute in this one. In that stint the shooting guard tallied up nothing for the scorebox. In what was a very tight game in the end it was Dallas taking this one, defeating Portland by a deuce, with the final score being 108 to 106.
The win, the third in a row, propels the Mavs to 13 and 8 (4-6 on the road) and the team (6-4) is in sixth place in the Western Conference, a game ahead of the last playoff slot and four behind the leader. The franchise will once again be back in action on 12/09 when they head to play the Kings (5-13).
And there it is, the full run down for the games of 12/07/13 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!