Tar Heels in NBA: White plays well again but loss hurts Bulls’ playoff chances

By R.L. Bynum

Coby White collected 16 points and four assists Tuesday night but Chicago’s 115–107 home loss to Brooklyn was a big blow to the Bulls’ playoff chances, particularly with Indiana winning.

The Bulls are three games behind Washington for the final Eastern Conference play-in tournament spot and will have to win their last three games and hope for help to earn a berth.

White’s improved play since he was benched for a month has got the attention of many in the league but, according to a Chicago Sun-Times story, the offseason could bring change. One suggestion is that the Bulls could bring in another point guard and play White at the 2 spot.

Against the talented Nets, it was a rough go for Chicago even with 41 points from Zach LaVine.

Cole Anthony had 18 points and two 3-pointers in Orlando’s 114–102 loss at Milwaukee. The downside is that he had no assists and four turnovers. It marked only the second time in his rookie season that he’s gone without an assist and the other time was when he played 14 minutes before getting hurt at Portland on Feb. 9.

You have to start to wonder why the Bucks signed Justin Jackson and if he is even in their plans. That game was the 12th since Milwaukee signed him and he still hasn’t made his Bucks debut.

The only other Tar Heel to score in double figures Monday or Tuesday was Tony Bradley, who had 10 points and six rebounds in Oklahoma City’s 122–106 loss at Sacramento.

Harrison Barnes didn’t play in the game for the Kings. He missed his eighth consecutive game as he continues to battle left groin soreness.

Also out with an injury was Cameron Johnson, who missed Phoenix’s 122–116 loss at Golden State. He’s missed the last three games with a right wrist sprain.

Reggie Bullock scored five points in 46 minutes of New York’s 101–99 overtime road loss to the Los Angeles Lakers. It was the second consecutive game that he’s played more than 45 minutes.

A story in the New York Daily News made the case that Bullock is the Knicks’ “unsung hero” and deserves a big raise.

Danny Green scored six points in 29 minutes of Philadelphia’s 103–94 loss at Indiana.

Nassir Little was the only Tar Heel to play on Monday, going scoreless in four minutes of Portland’s 140–129 home win over Houston.

How Tar Heels did Monday & Tuesday, what’s next

Cole Anthony, Orlando Magic guard
114–102 Tuesday loss at Milwaukee —
Started; 30 minutes, 18 points, 8–16 FG, 2–6 3FG, 4 rebounds, 4 turnovers, -7, 7.2 game score
Season statistics
— 44 games, 12.4 points, 4.6 rebounds, 4.1 assists, 39.5FG%, 32.9%3P, 83.0FT
Up next — Thursday at Atlanta, 7:30 p.m.; Friday at Philadelphia, 8 p.m.
Harrison Barnes, Sacramento Kings guard
122–106 Tuesday win vs. Oklahoma City —
Missed eighth consecutive game; still has left groin soreness
Season statistics — 58 games, 16.1 points, 6.6 rebounds, 3.5 assists, 49.7FG%, 39.1%3P, 83.0FT%
Up next — Thursday at Memphis, 8 p.m.; Friday at Memphis, 9 p.m.
Tony Bradley, Oklahoma City Thunder center/forward
122–106 Tuesday loss at Sacramento —
17 minutes, 10 points, 4–7 FG, 2–2 FT, 6 rebounds, 1 assist, 2 turnovers, -11, 6.4 game score
Season statistics — 40 games, 7.2 points, 5.7 rebounds, 0.8 of an assist, 66.7 FG%, 0–2 3FG, 67.9FT%
Up next — F
riday vs. Utah, 8 p.m.; Sunday vs. Los Angeles Clippers, time TBD
Reggie Bullock, New York Knicks guard/forward
101–99 Tuesday OT loss at Los Angeles Lakers —
46 minutes, 5 points, 2–9 FG, 1–5 3FG, 5 rebounds, 1 assist, 1 turnover, +/- of 0, -0.9 game score
Season statistics —
62 games, 10.8 points, 3.4 rebounds, 1.5 assists, 43.9FG%, 40.6%3P, 90.9FT%
Up next — Thursday vs. San Antonio, 7:30 p.m.; Saturday vs. Charlotte, time TBD, BSSE
Ed Davis, Minnesota Timberwolves center/forward
110–100 Tuesday win at Detroit — Didn’t play for the second consecutive game
Season statistics
— 23 games, 2.1 points, 5.0 rebounds, 0.9 of an assist, 43.2FG%, 0–0 3FG, 83.3FT%
Up next — Thursday vs. Denver, 8 p.m.; Saturday vs. Boston, time TBD
Wayne Ellington, Detroit Pistons guard
110–100 Tuesday loss vs. Minnesota — Didn’t play to get rest
Season statistics —
46 games, 9.6 points, 1.8 rebounds, 1.5 assists, 44.1FG%, 42.2 3P%, 80.0FT%
Up next — Friday vs. Denver, 8 p.m.; Sunday vs. Miami, time TBD
Danny Green, Philadelphia 76ers forward
103–94 Tuesday loss at Indiana —
29 minutes, 6 points, 2–9 FG, 2–8 3FG, 2 rebounds, 1 assist, 1 steal, -8, 2.8 game score
Season statistics — 67 games, 9.5 points, 3.8 rebounds, 1.7 assists, 41.0FG%, 40.2%3P, 78.4FT%
Up next —
Thursday at Miami, 7:30 p.m., TNT; Friday vs. Orlando, 8 p.m.
Justin Jackson, Milwaukee Bucks forward
146–125 Monday loss at San Antonio and 114–102 Tuesday win vs. Orlando —
Didn’t play in either game had hasn’t played in the 12 games since the Bucks signed him.
Season statistics — 33 games, 7.2 points, 2.2 rebounds, 1.5 assists, 40.6FG%, 30.6%3P, 85.7FT%
Up next — Thursday at Indiana, 7 p.m.; Saturday vs. Miami, time TBD
Cameron Johnson, Phoenix Suns wing
122–116 Tuesday loss at Golden State —
Missed third consecutive game with a right wrist sprain
Season statistics — 60 games, 9.6 points, 3.3 rebounds, 1.4 assists, 42.0FG%, 34.9%3P, 84.7FT%
Up next — Thursday vs. Portland, 10 p.m.; Saturday at San Antonio, time TBD
Nassir Little, Portland Blazers forward/guard
140–129 Monday win vs. Houston —
4 minutes, 0 points, 1 rebound, 1 turnover, -6, -0.7 game score
Season statistics — 46 games, 4.7 points, 2.7 rebounds, 0.5 of an assist, 46.1%FG, 35.0%3P, 80.0FT%
Up next — Wednesday at Utah, 9:30 p.m., ESPN; Thursday at Phoenix, 10 p.m.
Theo Pinson, New York Knicks guard/forward
101–99 Tuesday OT loss at Los Angeles Lakers —
Didn’t play for the third consecutive game
Season statistics —
17 games, 2 points, 1–9 FG, 0–8 3FG, 5 rebounds, 1 assist
Up next — Thursday vs. San Antonio, 7:30 p.m.; Saturday vs. Charlotte, time TBD, BSSE
Coby White, Chicago Bulls point guard
115–107 Tuesday loss vs. Brooklyn — 37 minutes, 16 points, 6–17 FG, 4–11 3FG, 3 rebounds, 4 assists, 1 steal, -5, 9.6 game score
Season statistics —
66 games, 15.2 points, 4.0 rebounds, 4.7 assists, 41.6FG%, 35.9%3P, 90.6 FT%
Up next — Thursday vs. Toronto, 8 p.m.; Saturday at Brooklyn, time TBD

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