North Carolina in the NBA Recap… 12/09/13

UNC in the NBAISPTwitterYesterday once again was a medium sized schedule, with six games in the Association, lucky for Tar Heel fans all of them had a touch of carolina blue in them, with one being a head to head match up. Once again, after a night of NBA action on ISPORTSWEB we do the daily recap callled “North Carolina in the NBA”…

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The first game of the night, and the only head to head match up, is the one that features the Golden State Warriors (-5.5) {Pacific Div ~ West Conf} and the Charlotte Bobcats {Southeast Div ~ East Conf} in the first of a pair of match ups between the squads. The game was played at the Time Warner Cable Arena with an attendance of 13,129 and was shown on TSOH. For the visiting squad it’s second year pro Harrison Barnes, who plays a total of 40 minutes. In that time fram the small forward comes close to a double double, scoring 14 points (6 for 13 ~ 0 for 3 ~ 2 for 4) to go with nine rebounds, three assists, two steals and a turnover while having a pts differential of -6. On the other side it should have been big man Brendan Haywood, but the seven footer is still far away from being able to play due to an injury to his foot. In what was an upset, Charlotte defeated Golden State by four points, with the final score being 115 to 111.

The win pushes the Bobcats to 10 and 11 (6-6 at home) and the team (5-5 in the last 10) is holding on to the sixth spot in the Eastern Conference, half a game in front of the last playoff team. The franchise will be once again in action on 12/11 when they head to the sunshine state to take on the Magic (6-15).

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The loss drops the Warriors to 12 and 10 (6-8 on the road) and the squad (4-6 in the last 10) is now on the outside looking in in the Western Conference playoff chase, being ninth overall. The franchise will be on the hardwoods next on 12/11 when they head to Big D to take on the Mavs (13-9).

The next game on the slate has the Los Angeles Clippers (-9.5) {Pacific Div ~ West Conf} going to the east coast to take on the Philadelphia 76’ers in the first of a pair of clashes between the franchises. The game was broadcasted by CSN and was disputed in front of a crowd of 12,355 at the Wells Fargo Center. For the team from Cali it should be a pair of former North Carolina players, but rookie shooting guard Reggie Bullock does not get any playing time in this one. However veteran power forward Antawn Jamison does get 10 minutes in this one. In that time the former National Player of the Year scores 2 points (1 for 4 ~ 0 for 2 ~ 0 for 0) to go with six rebounds and a steal and having a pts differential of zero. In a low scoring affair it was Los Angeles winning this one, beating Philadelphia by 11, the final tally being 94 to 83.

With the victory the Clippers have now a record of 14 and 8 (6-6 on the road) and the team (6-4 in the last 10) is fourth in the Western Conference, two games head of the last playoff spot and four behind the top squad. The franchise will be back playing on 12/11 when they head to Bean Town to take on the Celtics (10-12).

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Moving on down the schedule it’s the Denver Nuggets (-1.5) {NorthWest Div ~ West Conf} and the Washington Wizards {SouthEast Div ~ East Conf} in the first of a pair of games between the teams. The match up was played at the Verizon Center with a crowd that numbered 13,293 and was shown on television on CSNB. For the traveling squad it’s should have been speedster Ty Lawson, but the point guard is still out due to a left hamstring strain. As far as the game was concerned it was Denver winning by the slightest of margin, beating Washington by the score of 75 to 74.

With this close call the Nuggets are now 13 and 8 (7-6 on the road) and the squad (8-2 in the last 10) is sixth in the Western Confernce, 1.5 games ahead of the last playoff slot. The franchise will be back playing on 12/13 when they head to play the Jazz (4-19).

The fourth game of the night has the Memphis Grizzlies (-9) {SouthWest Div ~ West Conf} hosting the Orlando Magic {SouthEast Div ~ East Conf} in the first of two clashes between the franchises. The game was shown nationally on NBATV while being played at the FedEX Forum in front of an attendance of 13,511. For the home team it should have been Ed Davis, but the power forward was not used due to a sprained left ankle. In the end it was Memphis defeating Orlando by nine, with the final score being 94 to 85.

The W puts the Grizzlies at .500 once again, with a 10 and 10 (5-7 at home) record for the season and the team (5-5 in the last 10) is tenth in the Western Conference, a game behind the last playoff spot. The franchise will be in action on 12/11 when they travel to the Thunder (15-4).

The next to last game on the slate is a division clash that has the Utah Jazz (+7) {NorthWest Div ~ West Conf} hosting the Portland Trail Blazers {NorthWest Div ~ West Conf} in the second of four games between the teams, the first one going to the Trail Blazers by 130 to 98. The match up was shown on FSRM and disputed in front of a crowd of 17,555 at the Energy Solutions arena. For the home squad it should have been Marvin Williams, but the power forward was not even on the bench for his team. The game went to the visiting team, as Portland defeated Utah by 11, with the final score being 105 to 94.

The loss drops the Jazz to 4 and 19 (3-9 at home) and the squad (3-7 in the last 10) is at the bottom of the Western Conference, 8.5 games behind the last playoff spot. The franchise will once again try to get a win on 12/11 when they will head to take on the Kings (6-13).

And finally, to close out this run down of the former North Carolina players we have a team that has a trio of them as the Dallas Mavericks (-4.5) {SouthWest Div ~ West Conf} take on the Sacramento Kings {Pacific Div ~ West Conf} in the first of a quartet of match ups between the teams. The game was played at the Sleep Train Arena with a crowd that numbered 15,329 and was broadcasted on CSAC. For the visiting team forward/center Brandan Wright did not see any action as he still recoups. On the other hand veteran Vince Carter comes off the bench for 24 minutes. In that time the shooting guard scores seven points (3 for 11 ~ 0 for 4 ~ 1 for 1) to go with three steals, a rebound, an assist a block and a pair of turnovers while registering a pts differential of -14. And the other is Wayne Ellington, who gets a dozen minutes. In that stint he scores eight points (3 for 6 ~ 0 for 1 ~ 2 for 2) to go along with a rebound and a steal while tallying a +7 pts differential. In the end this was a game won by Sacramento, who defeated Dallas by the final of 112 to 97.

The loss slides the Mavs to 13 and 9 (4-7 on the road) and the team (5-5 in the last 10) is in the seventh slot of the Western Conference, a game ahead of the last playoff team. The franchise will be back on the hardwoods on 12/11 when they head to Cali to play the Warriors (12-10).

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ISPORTWEBFBAnd there it is, the full run down for the games of 12/09/13 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!