Tar Heels in NBA: Green’s best game of season ends with injury; Anthony hits 22; White nears season debut

By R.L. Bynum

It’s been a frustrating season for Danny Green.

In his fourth game back after missing three with a left hamstring injury, he was having his best night of the season with 14 points, four rebounds and three steals. Then, in the third quarter of Philadelphia’s 118–113 loss at Indiana on Saturday, he reinjured that hamstring.

It was the fourth consecutive loss for the Sixers (8–6), all without center Joel Embiid, who tested positive for COVID-19 on Monday.

Green, 34, wanted to keep playing instead of taking more time to rest the hamstring and now he’ll likely be out a few more games.

Before he got hurt, it was a different sort of game for Green. He had attempted only three two-point field goals and no free throws all season before Saturday. He made both 3-point attempts, 2 of 4 2-point attempts and all four free-throw attempts.

Cole Anthony scored 22 points, but was far from happy after Orlando’s 104–92 home loss to the Washington Wizards. He had one of his worst shooting games of the season, going 4 of 16 from the floor and 3 of 9 from 3-point range, getting half of his points from the free-throw line.


“Shots aren’t going in,” Anthony said. “That’s discouraging to a lot of people. Seeing shots you work on every day not go in still hurts. You just have to grow up and deal with it. You just have to stay mentally tough and can’t let the shots not falling affect every other aspect of our game.”

Orlando (3–10), which has lost two in a row and four of the last five games, has the worst record in the Eastern Conference.

There is encouraging news for Coby White, who was cleared to return to practice for the Chicago Bulls last week and could be near his season debut after tearing the labrum in his left shoulder in the offseason. He had surgery June 10.

“It’s been a long road, it’s been a long five-to-six months [of rehab], so it’s a blessing to be back out there and playing again,” White said. “I’m pretty much fully back [at practice] right now.”

White expects to travel with the team on its upcoming West Coast road trip that starts Sunday night in Los Angeles and he said “it’s a possibility” that he plays during that trip.

White said that he’s played confidently during practice and isn’t worried about his shoulder.

“I don’t really fear anything,” White said. “When I’m out there, I’m just playing. That hasn’t been an issue for me.”

The Brooklyn Nets said that Day’Ron Sharpe will miss their game at Oklahoma City on Sunday for personal reasons.

In the G League, Justin Jackson came off the Texas Legends’ bench for the first time this season after the Mavericks assigned Moses Brown and Josh Green to the Legends.

Jackson collected 13 points and eight rebounds in 25 minutes in the Legends’ 117–102 home win over Birmingham (the Pelicans’ affiliate.)

With three 3-pointers, Jackson leads the league with 20 3-pointers.

Cole Anthony, Orlando Magic guard
104–92 loss vs. Washington —
Started; 33 minutes, 22 points, 4–16 FG, 3–9 3FG, 11–12 FT, 4 rebounds, 8 assists, 1 block, 4 turnovers, -1, 14.7 game score
Season statistics — 13 games, 19.5 points, 42.5 FG%, 38.6 3FG%, 86.5 FT%, 6.9 rebounds, 5.2 assists
Up next — 7:30 Monday at Atlanta; 7:30 Wednesday at New York
Harrison Barnes, Sacramento Kings forward
Off Saturday
Season statistics — 13 games, 21.4 points, 49.7 FG%, 42.7 3FG%, 85.4 FT%, 8.2 rebounds, 2.4 assists
Up next — 7 p.m. Monday at Detroit; 8 p.m. Wednesday at Minnesota
Tony Bradley, Chicago Bulls center
Off Saturday
Season statistics — 9 games, 2.3 points, 47.6 FG%, 4.0 rebounds, 0.4 of an assist
Up next — 9:30 Sunday at Los Angeles Clippers; 10:30 Monday at Los Angeles Lakers, NBATV
Reggie Bullock, Dallas Mavericks guard/forward
Off Saturday
Season statistics —
12 games, 6.8 points, 38.5 FG%, 32.1 3P%, 60.0 FT%, 2.6 rebounds, 0.6 of an assist
Up next —
8 p.m. Monday vs. Denver, NBATV; 10 p.m. Wednesday at Phoenix
Ed Davis, Cleveland Cavaliers center
91–89 win
vs. Boston — Didn’t play (coach’s decision)
Season statistics —
3 games, 0 points, 1 rebound
Up next — 7 p.m. Monday vs. Boston; 7:30 Wednesday at Brooklyn
Wayne Ellington, Los Angeles Lakers guard
Off Saturday
Season statistics — 5 games, 7.4 points, 38.7 FG%, 39.3 3FG%, 1.6 rebounds, 0.6 of an assist
Up next — 3:30 Sunday vs. San Antonio; 10:30 Monday vs. Chicago, NBATV
Danny Green, Philadelphia 76ers forward
118–113 loss
at Indiana — Started; 21 minutes, 14 points, 4–6 FG, 2–2 3FG, 4–4 FT, 4 rebounds, 3 steals, 1 turnover, -3, 14.6 game score
Season statistics — 11 games, 7.5 points, 45.2 FG%, 41.8 3FG%, 4–4 FT, 2.5 rebounds, 1.0 assists
Up next — 10 p.m. Tuesday at Utah, TNT; 9 p.m. Thursday at Denver, NBATV
Cameron Johnson, Phoenix Suns wing
Off Saturday
Season statistics —
11 games, 7.0 points, 35.4 FG%, 34.0 3FG%, 2.8 rebounds, 1.0 assists
Up next — 7 p.m. Sunday at Houston; 8 p.m. Monday at Minnesota
Nassir Little, Portland Trail Blazers wing
Off Saturday
Season statistics —
13 games, 7.5 points, 52.9 FG%, 33.3 3P%, 80.0 FT%, 5.7 rebounds, 0.7 of an assist
Up next — 8 p.m. Sunday at Denver; 10 p.m. Monday vs. Toronto

Day’Ron Sharpe, Brooklyn Nets center
Off Saturday; team says he’ll miss Sunday’s game for personal reasons
Season NBA statistics 6 games, 2.2 points, 55.6 FG%, 50% 3P%, 2–4 FT, 1.3 reboundsSeason G League statistics 1 game, 12 points, 4–12 FG, 1–1 3FG, 2–3 FT, 13 rebounds, 2 steals, 3 turnovers, 4 blocks
Up next — 7 p.m. Sunday at Oklahoma City; 7:30 Tuesday vs. Golden State, TNT
Recovering from injury
Coby White, Chicago Bulls guard (had left shoulder surgery; could return in the next week)
In G League
Justin Jackson, Texas Legends (Mavericks affiliate) forward
117–102 win vs. Birmingham (Pelicans affiliate) — 25 minutes, 13 points, 5–12 FG, 3–8 3FG, 0–1 FT, 8 rebounds, 4 assists, 1 turnover, +9
Season statistics —
4 games, 23.8 points, 55.9% FG, 52.6% 3FG, 62.5 FT%, 9.5 rebounds, 2.8 assists, 0.8 of a steal
Up next — 8 p.m. Tuesday and Thursday at Memphis Hustle (Grizzlies affiliate)
Theo Pinson, Maine Celtics guard
Off Saturday
Season statistics —
3 games, 15.3 points, 43.8 FG%, 37.5 3FG%, 88.9 FT%, 6.0 rebounds, 6.0 assists, 1.3 steals
Up next — 1 p.m. Sunday vs. Delaware Blue Coats (Sixers affiliate); 7 p.m. Thursday vs. Capital City Go-Go (Wizards affiliate)

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