Small slate in the NBA yesterday as there were just five games in all. Of those there were a pair with a touch of carolina blue, none were head to head. But, as always, be it a full schedule, or a small one, if there were former North Carolina player(s) in action in the Association the next day on ISPORTSWEB there will be the “North Carolina in the NBA” recap…
The first of the two games was the one that had the Boston Celtics heading to the Big Apple to take on the New York Knicks (-5.5) in the first of a quartet of clashes the two franchises will have. The game was at the mecca of basketabll, Madison Square Garden, with a sold out attendance of 19,812 and was shown on MSG. For the home squad it’s point guard Raymond Felton, who played a total of 20 minutes. In that stint the floor general did not score (0 for 6 ~ 0 for 1 ~ 0 for 0) and two assists to go with a pts differential of -38. In the end this was an embarrassment of a game as Boston won by a whooping 41 points, with the final score being 114 to 73.
With the loss the Knicks are now 5 and 14 (2-8 at home) and the team (2-8 in the last 10) is in second to last place in the Eastern Conference, 3.5 games behind the last playoff spot. The franchise will try to regather from this one and play again on 12/10 when they head to take on the Cavs (7-13).
The only other game of this run down features the Toronto Raptors (+5.5) heading to Tinsel Town to take on the Los Angeles Lakers in what was the first of a pair of match ups between the squads. The game was televised nationally on NBATV and was disputed at the Target Center with a sold out venue of 18,997. For the visiting team it should have been former National Player of the Year Tyler Hansbrough, but the power forward did not play due to a shoulder injury and is day to day as of right now. In what was another upset it was Toronto taking this one by a dozen, defeating Los Angeles by the final of 106 to 94.
The win brings the Raptors to 7 and 12 (4-6 on the road) and the squad (3-7 in the last 10) is the ninth team in the Western Conference, 1.5 games behind the last playoff spot. The franchise will be back in action on 12/10 when they head to the lone star state to take on the Spurs (15-4).
Side Note: This was the game that saw the return of Kobe Bryant for the Lakers.
And there it is, the full run down for the games of 12/08/13 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!