Tar Heels in NBA: Anthony won’t return before All-Star break; Little turns up offense, has big left-handed slam

By R.L. Bynum

Cole Anthony’s return to the court for the Orlando Magic won’t happen until after the All-Star break at the earliest.

After further evaluation, the team’s doctors diagnosed Anthony with a right first rib non-displaced fracture, which he suffered Feb. 9 against Portland.

The All-Star Game is March 7, and the Magic said that his return could happen even later depending on the healing timeframe of his injury and how he responds.

Wednesday’s Orlando home game with New York will be the fourth consecutive game he’s missed. If he returns right after the All-Star break, he will have missed 11 games. That’s the same number of UNC games he missed last season after undergoing arthroscopic surgery to repair a partially torn meniscus.

In his third game since coming back from his left knee sprain, Nassir Little had his second-best game of the season and got plenty of attention for a left-handed slam.

In Portland’s 115–104 victory at Oklahoma City, Little scored 13 points and made all five shots, including three 3-pointers, for an 11.3 game score. That’s second only to the 26.9 game score he produced in his 30-point game at Milwaukee on Feb. 1.

For the season, Little is shooting 64.7% from 3-point range (11 of 17).

Justin Jackson had six points and three assists in 16 minutes in that game for the Thunder.

Cameron Johnson collected seven points and four rebounds in 18 minutes of the Phoenix Suns’ 128–124 home loss to Brooklyn.

In Minnesota’s 112–104 home loss to the Los Angeles Lakers, Ed Davis didn’t play for the fourth consecutive game. In the last eight games, he’s played a total of nearly nine minutes over two games.

How Tar Heels did Tuesday, what’s next

Cole Anthony, Orlando Magic guard
No game
Season statistics — 25 games, 11.0 points, 4.4 rebounds, 3.8 assists, 37.4FG%, 32.4%3P, 83.6FT
Up next — Wednesday vs. New York, 7 p.m.; Friday vs. Golden State, 7 p.m.
Harrison Barnes, Sacramento Kings guard
No game
Season statistics — 27 games, 15.8 points, 6.2 rebounds, 3.4 assists, 48.0FG%, 38.8%3P, 84.3FT%
Up next — Thursday vs. Miami, 10 p.m.; Saturday at Chicago, 9 p.m.
Tony Bradley, Philadelphia Sixers center/forward
No game
Season statistics
— 10 games, 4.1 points, 5.0 rebounds, 0.6 of an assist, 52.8 FG%, 0–0 3FG, 3–5 FT
Up next —
Wednesday vs. Houston, 7:30 p.m., ESPN; Friday vs. Chicago, 7:30 p.m., ESPN
Reggie Bullock, New York Knicks guard/forward
No game
Season statistics —
24 games, 8.7 points, 3.5 rebounds, 1.3 assists, 41.0FG%, 38.6%3P, 78.6FT%
Up next — Wednesday at Orlando, 7 p.m.; Sunday vs. Minnesota, 7 p.m.
Ed Davis, Minnesota Timberwolves center/forward
112–104 loss vs. Los Angeles Lakers — Didn’t play
Season statistics — 19 games, 2.3 points, 5.1 rebounds, 1.0 assist, 41.9FG%, 0–0 3FG, 87.5FT%
Up next — Wednesday vs. Indiana, 8 p.m.; Friday vs. Toronto, 9 p.m.
Wayne Ellington, Detroit Pistons guard
Game vs. San Antonio postponed
Season statistics — 20 games, 10.9 points, 2.0 rebounds, 1.1 assists, 46.3FG%, 44.4 3P%, 75.0FT%
Up next — Wednesday at Chicago, 8 p.m.; Friday at Memphis, 8 p.m.
Danny Green, Philadelphia 76ers forward
No game
Season statistics — 28 games, 8.4 points, 3.7 rebounds, 1.8 assists, 39.4FG%, 36.4%3P 71.4FT%
Up next —
Wednesday vs. Houston, 7:30 p.m., ESPN; Friday vs. Chicago, 7:30 p.m., ESPN
Justin Jackson, Oklahoma City Thunder forward
115–104 loss vs. Portland —
16 minutes, 6 points, 2–6 FG, 2–4 3FG, 3 assists, 1 turnover, -1, 3.3 game score
Season statistics —
17 games, 8.1 points, 2.4 rebounds, 1.9 assists, 45.6FG%, 35.1%3P, 81.3FT%
Up next — Wednesday at Memphis, 9 p.m.; Friday at Milwaukee, 8 p.m.
Cameron Johnson, Phoenix Suns wing
128­–124 loss vs. Brooklyn —
18 minutes, 7 points, 2–4 FG, 1–2 3FG, 2–2 FG, 4 rebounds, 1 assist, 1 turnover, +1, 5.5 game score
Season statistics —
27 games, 10.7 points, 3.6 rebounds, 1.5 assists, 43.8FG%, 36.9%3P, 87.1FT%
Up next — Friday at New Orleans, 8 p.m.; Saturday at Memphis, 9 p.m.
Nassir Little, Portland Blazers forward/guard
115–104 win at Oklahoma City —
17 minutes, 13 points, 5–5 FG, 3–3 3FG, 3 rebounds, 1 assist, 1 turnover, +5, 11.3 game score
Season statistics —
12 games, 5.3 points, 2.2 rebounds, 0.3 of an assist, 56.4%FG, 64.7%3P, 88.9FT%
Up next — Wednesday at New Orleans, 9 p.m.; Friday vs. Washington, 10 p.m.
Theo Pinson, New York Knicks guard/forward
No game
Season statistics —
9 games, 2 points, 1–7 FG, 0–6 3FG, 1 rebound
Up next — Wednesday at Orlando, 7 p.m.; Sunday vs. Minnesota, 7 p.m.
Coby White, Chicago Bulls point guard
No game
Season statistics —
26 games, 15.7 points, 4.7 rebounds, 5.5 assists, 40.6FG%, 35.6%3P, 87.9 FT
Up next — Wednesday vs. Detroit, 8 p.m.; Friday at Philadelphia, 7:30 p.m., ESPN

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