Two night ago there were more games on the National Basketball Association slate than last night, however last night had more games with former UNC Basketball players in it. But as we all know, be it one or all seventeen, if someone formerly from Chapel Hill is playing at the next level the following day I have my daily recap called Heels in the Pro’s NBA Style. Just so that all that read this post know, with the exception of Thanksgiving the Association has games going on this week, and every night it has at least one former Tar Heel in action. But enough with the future, let’s concentrate on last night and on this edition of Heels in the Pro’s NBA Style for November 17, 2012…
[New feature … at the bottom of the post check out which teams with former UNC Basketball players would be going on to the post season and which would not if the season ended now!]
The first game of the night has the Toronto Raptors [Eastern Conference ~ Atlantic Division] (2-6 overall ~ 1-3 on the road) going to the Walking City to take on the Boston Celtics [Eastern Conference ~ Atlantic Division] (5-4 overall ~ 2-2 at home) in the first of four match ups between divisional foes. The game, which was played at the TD Garden in front of a sold out crowd of 18,624, lasted 2 hours and 13 minutes. For the team from north of the border, it’s big man Ed Davis (@eddavis32 on twitter), who comes off the bench for the Raptors and play 21 minutes in all. In that time the power forward scores seven points (2 for 3 ~ 0 for 0 ~ 3 for 5) to go with a team nine rebounds, three assists, a steal and a block while having a points differential of -11. In this one, it was all the home team, as Boston took down Toronto by 18 points, with the final score being 107 to 89. With the loss the Raptors slide to 2 and 7 and will be back in action on 11/18 when they take on the Magic (3-5).
— Toronto Raptors (@Raptors) November 17, 2012
The next game on the schedule is the one that has Utah Jazz [Western Conference ~ Northwest Division] (4-6 overall ~ 1-6 on the road) heading to the nation’s capitol to take on the winless Washington Wizards [Eastern Conference ~ Southeast Division] (0-7 overall ~ 0-2 at home). This is the first of two meetings between these franchise from opposite conferences, and in this one it’s Utah (4-5-1 ATS) being favored by three over Washington (4-3 ATS). The game, which lasted 2 hours and five minutes, was played at the Verizon Center in front of an attendance of 16,210 (max capacity: 20,282). For the visiting team it’s Marvin Williams (no twitter account for Williams), who has started all the games prior to this one, but comes off the bench last night for 27 minutes. In that time span the forward gets seven points (2 for 5 ~ 0 for 2 ~ 3 for 6) to o with eight rebounds, one assist, a steal, a block and a pair of turnovers while having a team high of +22 points differential. As far as the game, in a very low scoring affair, it’s Utah defeating Washington by seven points, with the final being 83 to 76. With the win the Jazz are now 5 and 6 and will try to get back to .500 when they take on the Rockets (4-5) at home on 11/19.
— Utah Jazz (@utahjazz) November 18, 2012
The third game of this recap is the first which has a head to head match up between franchises that have former UNC Basketball players on their rosters as the Memphis Grizzlies [Western Conference ~ Southwest Division] (7-1 overall ~ 3-1 on the road) take on the Charlotte Bobcats [Eastern Conference ~ Southeast Division] (4-3 overall ~ 3-1 at home). This is the first of two meetings between these squads and in this one it’s Memphis (7-1 ATS) as a 5.5 points favorite over Charlotte (4-3 ATS). The game, which was played in front of 16,541 (max capacity: 19,077) at the Time Warner Cable Arena, lasted 2 hours and 28 minutes in all. For the visiting team it’s Wayne Ellington (@WayneElli22 on twitter) coming off the bench for 11 minutes. In that time frame the shooting guard does not score (0 for 5 ~ 0 for 4 ~ 0 for 0) to go with a board, an assist and having a 0 points differential. On the other side, for the Bobcats, it’s Brendan Haywood (@BreHay_30 on twitter), who starts in the middle and gets 20 minutes. In that time frame the seven footer gets five points (2 for 4 ~ 0 for 0 ~ 1 for 1) to go with four rebounds and an assist while having a points differential of -15. As far as the game went, it was Memphis defeating Charlotte by seven, with the final being 94 to 87. With the W the Grizzlies are now 8 and 1 and will be in action next when they host the Nuggets (4-6) on 11/19. The loss puts the Bobcats at .500 with a 4 and 4 record and the team will play next on 11/19 when they play the Bucks (6-2) at home.
Grizzlies defeat Bobcats, 94-87. Mike Conley led the Grizz w/ 20pts, 4rbs. Z-Bo added another double-double w/ 18pts,12rbs. #GoGrizz
— Memphis Grizzlies (@memgrizz) November 18, 2012
— Charlotte Bobcats (@bobcats) November 18, 2012
We hit the halfway point of this recap with another game with former UNC Basketball players on both sides as the Dallas Mavericks [Western Conference ~ Southwest Division] (5-5 overall ~ 1-4 on the road) takes on the Cleveland Cavaliers [Eastern Conference ~ Central Division] (2-6 overall ~ 1-1 at home). This is the first of a pair of meetings between these squads and in this one Cleveland (4-4 ATS) is a three point favorite over Dallas (3-7 ATS). The game, which was played at the Quicken Loans Arena in front of a crowd that numbered 18,633 (max capacity: 20,562), lasted 2 hours and twelve minutes. For the traveling team it’s a pair of former Heels, both coming off the bench, the first one being Brandan Wright (@bwright34 on twitter), who only plays seven minutes in all. In that time the center scores five points (2 for 2 ~ 0 for 0 ~ 1 for 1) to go with an assist and a points differential of +2. The other is veteran guard Vince Carter (@mrvincecarter15 on twitter), who gets 21 minutes of action. In that time span the shooting guard gets 14 points (5 for 10 ~ 3 for 6 ~ 1 for 2) to go along with six rebounds, a pair of blocks, an assist and thre TOs while having a -3 points differential. On the other side, for the Cavs, it’s rookie big man Tyler Zeller (@ZellerTyler on twitter), who plays for 26 minutes. In that time the seven footer scores three points (1 for 4 ~ 0 for 0 ~ 1 for 2) to go with a pair of boards, an assist, a block and two turnovers while amassing a points differential of -10. In what was a Vegas upset, it’s Dallas beating Cleveland by eight points, with the final being 103 to 95. With the victory the Mavs move to 6 and 5 and will be back on the court on 11/19 when they take on the Warriors (5-4) at home. The loss slides the Cavs to 2 and 7, and the squad will be in action against the 76’ers (5-4) on the road on 11/18.
This final score update is brought you by @paniniamerica: Mavs 103, Cavaliers 95; 19 pts for Mayo to lead six in double figures.
— Dallas Mavericks (@dallasmavs) November 18, 2012
— Cleveland Cavaliers (@cavs) November 18, 2012
The next game on schedule has the Milwaukee Bucks [Eastern Conference ~ Central Division] (5-2 overall ~ 2-2 at home) hosting the New Orleans Hornets [Western Conference ~ Southwest Division] (3-4 overall ~ 1-1 on the road). This is the first of two match ups between teams from different conference and in this one Milwaukee (4-3 ATS) is a 7.5 points favorited over New Orleans (5-2 ATS). This game, which lasted 2 hours and eleven minutes, was played in front of a crowd that numbered 14,731 (max capacity: 18,717) at the BMO Harris Bradley Center. For the home squad it’s rookie John Henson (@_John_Henson_ on twitter), which comes off the bench for a total of seven minutes. In that time span the power forward gets two points (1 for 2 ~ 0 for 0 ~ 0 for 0) to go with a rebound and a steal while having a +9 points differential. While they did not cover the spread it was Milwaukee beating New Orleans by the final of 117 to 113. With the win the Bucks are now 6 and 2 and will be back in action on 11/19 when they travel to play the Bobcats (4-4).
Bucks win! Beating the Hornets 117-113. Notables: Jennings 22p/9a/4s, Ellis 22p/9a & Dunleavy 17p/9r/5a & Dalembert 15p/8r. #MILvNOH
— Milwaukee Bucks (@Bucks) November 18, 2012
The second to last game is also the last one with former UNC Basketball players on both teams, this time of two former Heels that were also team mates while in Chapel Hill, as the Denver Nuggets [Western Conference ~ Northwest Division] (4-5 overall ~ 2-4 on the road) head to the lone star state to take on the San Antonio Spurs [Western Conference ~ Southwest Division] (7-2 overall ~ 3-1 at home). This will be the first of four meeting between these franchises and in for this one San Antonio (5-3-1 ATS) is a 6.5 points favorite over Denver (5-4 ATS). The game, which was played at the AT&T Center in front of a sold out attendance of 18,581, lasted 2 hours and five minutes. For the visiting team it’s speedster Ty Lawson (@TyLawson3 on twitter), who starts and plays a game high 35 minutes. In that time span the point guard scores 13 points (5 for 13 ~ 0 for 1 ~ 3 for 5) to go with five assists, a pair of rebounds, a pair of steals and five TOs while having a game low of -29 points differential. On the other side, for the Spurs, it’s Danny Green (@DGreen_14 on twitter), who starts and gets a total of 25 minutes. In that time the shooting guard gets 15 points (6 for 10 ~ 3 for 5 ~ 0 for 0) to go along with three boards, a pair of steals, an assist, a block and a turnover while having a game high points differential of +30. In a lopsided game, it was San Antonio shallacking Denver by 26 points, with the final being 126 to 100. The victory puts the Spurs at 8 and 2 and they will be back in action on 11/19 against the Clippers (7-2). The loss drops the Nuggets to 4 and 6 and the squad will try to right the ship when they play the Grizzlies (8-1) on the road on 11/19.
Denver gives up an opponent season-high 126 points (also Spurs’ season-high) and drop to 4-6 on the season.
— Denver Nuggets (@denvernuggets) November 18, 2012
— San Antonio Spurs (@spurs) November 18, 2012
And we close out this recap of the former UNC Basketball players at the next level with the game that has the Phoenix Suns [Western Conference ~ Pacific Division] (4-6 overall ~ 3-2 at home) hosting the defending champions Miami Heat [Eastern Conference ~ Southeast Division] (7-3 overall ~ 3-3 on the road). This will be the final of two match ups between the squads, the first one going to the Heat 124 to 99. The game, which lasted 2 hours and 14 minutes, was played in front of 16,840 fans (max capacity: 18,422) at the US Airways Center. For the home squad it’s rookie point guard Kendall Marshall (@KButter5 on twitter), who does suit up for the game, but does not see any action… “DNP ~ Coach’s Decision”. As far as the game went, just like in the first one, it is Miami beating Phoenix, this time by only nine points, with the final being 97 to 88. With the loss the Suns slide to 4 and 7 on the season and will try to right the ship on 11/21 when they host the Trail Blazers (4-5).
Another valiant effort for your Suns but they fall short to the defending champ Miami Heat 97-88. Dragic had 12 pts and 8 asts. #SunsVsHeat
— Phoenix Suns (@Suns) November 18, 2012
That is it, seven games, with a total of a dozen former UNC Basketball player make up this edition of Heels in the Pro’s NBA Style for 11/17. Make sure to come back tomorrow for the next recap of the former Heels now at the next level. And as usual for more information about North Carolina basketball and/or football, teams and players, present and past, make sure to check back often on isportsweb!