North Carolina in the NBA Recap… 12/11/13

UNC in the NBAISPTwitterPretty hefty schedule in the Association last night, with nine games on the slate, of those seven had a touch of carolina blue and a pair of them were head to head match ups. As usual, the day after one or all the former North Carolina players were on the court on ISPORTSWEB there is the daily run down “North Carolina in the NBA”. So, without further ado, let’s get going with the recap from the games of 12/11/13…

NBA Heels Teams

In the first game of the night is a divisional battle as Charlotte Bobcats (-5) {3rd SouthEast Div ~ East Conf} hosts the Orlando Magic {5th SouthEast Div ~ East Conf) in the first of a quartet of clashes between the squads. The game was played at the Time Warner Cable Arena with an attendance of 11,377 and was shown on TSOH. For the home squad it should have been big man Brendan Haywood, but the seven footer is still a while from being able to take to the court after his foot surgery. As far as the game was concerned it was an upset as Orlando beat Charlotte by nine points, with the final score being 92 to 83.

The loss drops the Bobcats to 10 and 12 {45.4%} (6-7 at home) and the team (4-6 in the last 10) is the fifth squad in the Eastern Conference, a game ahead of the last playoff spot. The franchise will be back in action on 12/13 when they head to take on the Pacers (19-3).

The second is a battle of the coasts as the Los Angeles Clippers (-5) {1st Pacific Div ~ West Conf} headed to Bean Town to take on the Boston Celtics {1st Atlantic Div ~ East Conf} in the first of a pair of match ups between the teams. The game was shown on CSNN and was disputed at the TD Garden in front of a crowd that numbered 17,587. For the visiting team it’s a pair of former North Carolina players, with rookie Reggie Bullock not playing due to a sprained left ankle. On the other hand veteran Antawn Jamison does see nine minutes of action. In that stint the power forward scores three points (1 for 2 ~ 1 for 2 ~ 0 for 2) to go with a rebound, a block a pair of turnovers and registering a +2 pts differential. In the end, in a game where the home squad led at the half, it was Los Angeles winning this one by eight, defeating Boston by the score of 96 to 88.

The win brings the Clippers to 15 and 8 {65.2%} (7-6 on the road) and the squad (7-3 in the last 10) is fourth in the Western Conference, two games head of the last playoff spots and 3.5 behind the leader. The franchise will be once again on the court on 12/12 when they go to NY to take on the Nets (7-14).

The third game of the run down is the one between the Oklahoma City Thunder {2nd NorthWest Div ~ West Conf} and the Memphis Grizzlies (+6) {5th Southwest Div ~ West Conf} in the first of four games between the squads. The game was played in front of 16,345 at the FedEX Forum and was broadcasted by TSOH. For the home squad we should have seen power forward Ed Davis, but the forward does not play due to a sprained left ankle. He did watch from the bench as Oklahoma City won this one by double digit, beating Memphis by the final tally of 116 to 100.

The loss drops the Grizzlies to below .500 with a 10 and 11 {47.6%} (5-8 at home) record in the season and the team (4-6 in the last 10) is 12th in the Western Conference, two games behind the last playoff team. The franchise will be on the court again on 12/13 when they head to the Big East to take on the Pelicans (10-10).

The midpoint of the run down is also the first head to head match up of the night as the San Antonio (-11) {1st SouthWest Div ~ West Conf} take on the Milwaukee Bucks {5th Central Div ~ East Conf} in the first of a duo of match ups. The game was played at the BMO Harris Bradley Center in front of an attendance of 11,087 and shown on Fox Sports Wisconsin. For the visiting squad it’s Danny Green, who starts and plays for a total of 18 minutes. In that time the shooting guard scores 10 points (4 for 8 ~ 2 for 5 ~ 0 for 0) to go with three assists, three steals, a pair of rebounds and two turnovers while having a +25 pts differential. On the other side it’s John Henson, who starts and get 21 minutes. In that time frame the power forward scores four points (2 for 6 ~ 0 for 0 ~ 0 for 0) to go with eight boards (4 on the offensive side), an assist, a steal and three turnovers while tallying a pts differential of -31. In a landslide win it’s all San Antonio in this one, defeating Milwaukee by 32 points, with the final tally being 109 to 77.

The win puts the Spurs at 17 and 4 {80.9%} (9-2 on the road) and the squad (7-3 in the last 10) is holding the second spot in the Western Conference, a half game behind the leader. The franchise will be back in action on 12/13 when they host the TimberWolves (11-11).

The loss drop the Bucks to a 5 and 17 {36.3%} (2-9 at home) record and the team (3-7 in the last 10) is last in the Eastern Conference, four games behind the last playoff spot. The franchise will be back on the hardwoods on 12/13 when they host the Bulls (8-12).

Fifth on the slate is the game that has the New York Knicks (-3) {5th Atlantic Div ~ East Conf} hosting the Chicago Bulls {3rd Central Div ~ East Conf} in the second of four clashes between these franchises, with the first one going to the Bulls 82 to 81. The game was broadcasted nationally by ESPN/WatchESPN and was disputed at Madison Square Garden in front of a packed arena of 19,812. For the home team it should have been Raymond Felton, who usually starts at the point, but does not play in this one due to a sore left hamstring. In a low scoring, tight affair, it was New York winning this one, defeating Chicago by the score of 83 to 78.

The win gives the Knicks a 6 and 15 {28.6%} (3-8 at home) and the squad (3-7 in the last 10) is second to last in the Eastern Confernce, 2.5 games behind the last playoff spot. The franchise will be back playing on 12/13 when they head to Bean Town to take on the Celtics (10-14).

Second to last game of the night is the one with the Utah Jazz (+6.5) and the Sacramento Kings in the second of three match ups, with the first one going to the Kings 112 to 102 that went to overtime. The match up was shown on CSAC and played in front of 15,198 at the Sleep Train Arena. For the visiting team it’s second year pro Marvin Williams, who started and played 28 minutes in all. In that time the power forward scored eight points (3 for 8 ~ 2 for 5 ~ 0 for 0) to go along with five assists, four rebounds and two steals while tallying a +18 pts differential. In the end the series is now even as Utah beat Sacramento by 21, with the score being 122 to 101.

The fifth win for the Jazz puts them at 5 and 19 {20.8%} (2-10 on the road) and the team (4-6 in the last 10) is dead last in the Western Conference, 8.5 games behind the last playoff slot. The franchise will try to go for two in a row on 12/13 when they head to the Mile High City to take on the Nuggets (13-8).

And we close all of this up with the game that feature two team with former North Carolina players on them as the Dallas Mavericks {3rd SouthWest ~ West Conf} played against the Golden State Warriors (-5.5) {3rd Pacific ~ West Conf} in the second of four games between each other, the first one going to the Mavs 103 to 99. This game was held at the Oracle Arena in front of a sold out attendance that numbered 19,596 and was shown nationally on ESPN/WatchESPN. For the visiting squad it would be three former Heels, but two did not play. Those would be forward/center Brandan Wright and shooting guard Wayne Ellington. On the other hand veteran Vince Carter did play in this one for a total of 23 minutes. In that span the shooting guard scored nine points (4 for 9 ~ 1 for 3 ~ 0 for 0) to go with four boards, three assists and a pair of turnovers while having a pts differential of +5. On the other side it would be second year pro Harrison Barnes, who started and played for 44 minutes. In that time frame the small forward scored a team high 17 points (6 for 16 ~ 1 for 4 ~ 4 for 4) to go with four boards, an assist, a steal and a turnover while tallying up a +4 pts differential. In the end, in a tight game, it was Golden State winning by a deuce, defeating Dallas by the final of 95 to 93.

The W puts the Warriors at 13 and 10 {56.5%} (7-2 at home) and the squad (5-5 in the last 10) is eighth in the Western Conference, tied with the ninth place team. The franchise will be back in action on 12/13 when they host the Rockets (15-8).

The loss drops the Mavs to 13 and 10 {56.5%} (4-8 on the road) and the team (4-6 in the last 10) is ninth in the Western Conference, tied with the last playoff squad. The franchise will be back on the hardwoods on 12/14 when they host the Bucks (5-17).

ISPORTWEBFBAnd there it is, the full run down for the games of 12/11/13 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!