Having finally caught up in this daily post of mine, let's get back into the swing of things and look at last night's games for the ex Carolina players in the National Basketball Association by doing my post called "Heels in the Leauge". The venue for the first night back since the All Star game was pretty big and there is plenty of carolina blue in it.
First game of the night was the match up between the visiting Charlotte Bobcats and the Orlando Magic, played in Amway Arena. In this one it was ex Heel Raymond Felton getting 42 minutes, while his team mate Sean May didn't play once again. The ex Carolina point guard had a good outing, getting a double double, scoring 22 points (10 for 21) and adding 10 boards. Felton has registered 5 assists and one steal on the night, but it was his last shot in the fourth quarter he would want back. If that shot would have gone the Bobcats would have gone home winners, but instead with the miss the game went into OT and Orlando (39-13, 21-6 home) won the contest, defeating Charlotte (21-32, 6-18 away) 107 to 102 behind Dwight Howard's 45 pts/19 boards/8 block performance.
Raymond Felton goes up for a shot in front of Courtney Lee during the overtime period of an NBA basketball game in Orlando, Fla., Tuesday, Feb. 17, 2009. (AP Photo/John Raoux)
In the next game it's a match up between two ex Tar Heels. For the visiting squad, the Minnesota Timberwolves, it's Raymond Felton & Sean May's ex team mate Rashad McCants getting eight minutes in all and scoring three points from them on a one for five shooting night. The ex Heel guard also had one rebound, one assist and a steal, while committing a TO.
For the home team of the Washington Wizards it was Antawn Jamison getting a double double off of 41 minutes played. The ex Heel forward scored 29 points (10 for 17 ~ 9 for 11 from FTs) while pulling down 11 boards. Jamison also had two assists, but turned the ball over six times in the game. In the end it was still Washington (12-42, 9-19 home) wins this one by the final of 111 to 103 over Minnesota (17-35, 9-18 away).
Antawn Jamison is double teamed by Kevin Love and Mike Miller during the fourth quarter of an NBA basketball game, Tuesday, Feb. 17, 2009, in Washington. (AP Photo/Haraz N. Ghanbari)
The third game of the night with a touch of carolina blue in it was held at the Palace of Auburn Hills between the Milwaukee Bucks and the Detroit Pistons. Of course, this means find ex Heel big man Rasheed Wallace. In this one Wallace plays 34 minutes scoring 10 points and adding eight boards to his total. The center also gets two blocks and nothing more on the night, while Milwaukee (27-29, 11-20 away) defeats Detroit (27-25, 14-14 home) by the final of 92 to 86. Interesting thing is that the Vegas line for this game was Pistons -61/2.
Next game with an ex Carolina player in it is the match up between New Jersey Nets and the Houston Rockets. A game that the Las Vegas oddsmakers have the Rockets favored by 61/2 points. For the visiting Nets it's Vince Carter getting 35 minutes at the shooting guard spot, where he would score 30 points, along with four rebounds, two assists, a steal and a block. The ex Heel would also have three turnovers on the night, but all of that would not matter as Houston (33-21, 20-6 home) crushed New Jersey (24-30, 13-14 away) by 26 points, with the final tally being 114 to 88.
Vince Carter goes to the basket around Yao Ming during the first half of an NBA basketball game Tuesday, Feb. 17, 2009, in Houston. (AP Photo/Pat Sullivan)
Last game of the night with a touch of carolina blue is the one between east coast Atlanta Hawks and the west coast LA Lakers, a game that has the Lakers as a 81/2 pts favorite.. For the cross country visitors it's Marvin Williams who gets 35 minutes but doesn't do too much with them at the STAPLES Center, scoring just 10 points and getting three rebounds, two assists, 2 steals and two blocks on the night. In the end it was the Lakers (43-10, 25-4 home) winning this one, led by a triple double from Pau Gasol, by the final of 96 to 83 over the Hawks (31-22, 12-16 away).
Marvin Williams drives to the basket past Luke Walton and Pau Gasol in the first half of an NBA basketball game, Tuesday, Feb. 17, 2009, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Gus Ruelas)