As the NBA Summer League enters its fourth day of play in Las Vegas, for those of us that follow former UNC basketball players there was much to see with four franchises carrying players that once were in Chapel Hill on their rosters. It included the youngest of the former Tar Heels at the next level, in Reggie Bullock, as well as the oldest, in Deon Thompson. Three out of four got playing time, while one did not see any action. But enough of this, let’s check out “Heels in the Pro’s” for July 15, 2013…
First game of the night was the one between the Cleveland Cavaliers and the New Orleans Pelicans, which meant that for the team from C-Town it was seven footer Zyler Teller. For the forward/center it was another good outing, getting his second double double in three games, with 15 points (6 for 11 ~ 0 for 0 ~ 3 for 4) to go with s game high 12 rebounds (4 on the offensive side). Once again the big man could have added more, but he fouled out, also claiming three steals, a block shot and three TOs. I have to admit that I am happy to see this type of production in just 28 minutes, but fouling out two games in a row does not sit well for me, especially when competing in the Summer League. In a tight game, it was New Orleans winning this one by four points over Cleveland, with the final being 66 ro 62. With the loss the Cavs end the first part of the tournament with a 2 and 1 record and will now wait for the second part to begin on Wednesday, July 17, 2013.
The next former UNC basketball player to take the court last night was Kendall Marshall, probably the one NBA player right now that worries me the most on how much playing time he will get come November. His Phoenix Suns took on the Minnesota Timberwolves in what was the second game for both franchise in the Vegas tournament. For the second year pro it was a much better outing as he scored 13 points (3 for 6 ~ 3 for 5 ~ 4 for 4) to go with six assists and most importantly, no turnovers while playing close to 25 minutes. However, even with this output, reading around the net it seems a lot more is being expected out of the young point guard. Only time will tell if the critics can be answered on what they expect from the floor general. As far as the game went, it was Phoenix downing Minnesota by a bucket, with the final being 91 to 89. With that the Suns are still undefeated at 2 and 0 and will play again tonight, when they meet up with Grizzlies at 5:30 p.m. PST.
The third game, and the final one for former Heels in action, was the one between the squads from Tinsel Town as the LA Clippers took on the LA Lakers. For the Clippers it’s rooking shooting guard Reggie Bullock, which for the third game in a row was in double digits, scoring a dozen points (5 for 16 ~ 2 for 8 ~ 0 for 1), to go along with four boards, two assists, a steal and a turnover in 27 minutes of play. Once again the young shooting guard out of Chapel Hill did not have the best night shooting wise, and those numbers might not do well when the regular season comes along. In the end it was the Lakers taking this one by a dozen, with the final score being 77 to 65. With the loss the Clippers are now 1 and 2 and will wait for the next phase of the tournament that begins tomorrow.
And in the final game, where former Tar Heel Deon Thompson did not take the court for his squad from the Windy City, it was the Chicago Bulls winning by 12 points over the Denver Nuggets, with the final tally being 93 to 81. The Bulls are now 2 and 0 and will play their last game of the first phase today as they take on the Trail Blazers, with tip off being at 5:00 p.m. PST.
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