Tar Heels in NBA: After livid Green nearly gets ejected, he assists on Embiid’s game-winner

By R.L. Bynum

Danny Green always shows passion during games and that almost got him ejected Wednesday night as his Philadelphia 76ers took a commanding 3–0 first-round series lead on the Toronto Raptors.

Late in the first half of the Sixers’ 104–101 overtime win Wednesday in Toronto, he got called for a questionable foul as he was positioning himself for a rebound. He protested the call to a referee and got whistled for a technical foul. This made Green even more upset and, if not for being restrained first by teammate Tyrese Maxey, then James Harden and Joel Embiid, he might have been ejected.

That didn’t happen. He played more than 46 minutes and was a game-high +10 in the game, scoring nine points and three 3-pointers while pulling down seven rebounds and swiping two steals.

With 2.6 seconds left in overtime, Green threw an inbound pass to Embiid, who put the Sixers a win away from advancing on a turnaround 3-pointer with 0.8-of-a-second left in overtime. They get the first chance to close out the Raptors at 2 p.m. Saturday at Toronto (TNT).


The Chicago Bulls earned a huge win Wednesday night in Milwaukee, earning a 114–110 victory over the Bucks to even their series at 1 heading back for two games in Chicago beginning Friday at 8:30 p.m. (ABC).

In the win, Coby White didn’t have his best game and that showed with Coach Billy Donovan only playing him a little more than 9½ minutes, a career-low. White scored five points and one 3-pointer with two assists and two turnovers.

In 61 regular-season games this season, he never played fewer than 10:29 and only played fewer than 13 minutes three times.

Like in the series opener, Tony Bradley didn’t play (coach’s decision).


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Day’Ron Sharpe made his brief playoff debut in the Brooklyn Nets’ 114–107 Game 2 loss at Boston to fall behind the Celtics 2–0 in the series. Sharpe was scoreless and +2 in 22.1 seconds in his first action for Brooklyn since playing 12 minutes on Feb. 28.


On Tuesday, New Orleans evened its series with host Phoenix 125–114 as it shifts to New Orleans for the next two games, starting on Friday.

Cameron Johnson scored 11 points for the Suns but was 4 of 10 from the floor and 1 of 6 from 3-point range with four rebounds.

He swiped two steals to give him 20 for his career in the playoffs. His steal and dunk with 8:22 left gave Phoenix a one-point lead.

Tony Bradley, Chicago Bulls center
114–110 Game 2 Wednesday win at Milwaukee
Didn’t play (coach’s decision)
Playoff statistics — Hasn’t played
Regular-season statistics —
55 games, 3.0 points, 58.5 FG%, 65.5 FT%, 3.4 rebounds, 0.5 of an assist
Series scores, schedule
Last Sunday: Milwaukee 93, Chicago 86
Wednesday: Chicago 114, Milwaukee 110; series tied at 1
Friday at Chicago, 8:30 p.m., ABC
Sunday at Chicago, 1 p.m., ABC
Wednesday, April 27 at Milwaukee, TBD, TBD
x — Friday, April 29 at Chicago, TBD, TBD
x — Sunday, May 1 at Milwaukee, TBD, TBD
x — If needed
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Reggie Bullock, Dallas Mavericks guard/forward
Off until Thursday
Playoff statistics — 2 games, 13.0 points, 52.9 FG%, 46.2 3P%, 1–1 FT, 5.0 rebounds, 2.5 assists
Regular-season statistics —
68 games, 8.6 points, 40.1 FG%, 36.0 3P%, 83.3 FT%, 3.5 rebounds, 1.2 assists
Series scores, schedule
Last Saturday: Utah 99, Dallas 93
Last Monday: Dallas 110, Utah 105; series tied at 1
Thursday at Utah, 9 p.m., NBATV
Saturday at Utah, 4:30 p.m., TNT
Monday at Dallas, 9:30, TNT
x — Thursday, April 28 at Utah, TBD, TBD
x — Saturday, April 30 at Dallas, TBD, TBD
x — If needed
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Danny Green, Philadelphia 76ers forward
104–101 Game 3 Wednesday win at Toronto
Started; 46 minutes, 9 points, 3–8 FG, 3–7 3FG, 7 rebounds, 1 assist, 2 steals, 2 turnovers, +10, 6.6 game score
Playoff statistics — 3 games, 7.3 points, 30.8 FG%, 28.6 3FG%, 3.7 rebounds, 1.3 assists
Regular-season statistics —
62 games, 5.9 points, 39.4 FG%, 38.0 3FG%, 20–24 FT, 2.5 rebounds, 1.0 assists
Series scores, schedule
Last Saturday: Philadelphia 131, Toronto 111
Last Monday: Philadelphia 112, Toronto 97
Wednesday: Philadelphia 104, Toronto 101; Sixers lead series 3–0
Saturday at Toronto, 2 p.m., TNT
x — Monday at Philadelphia, 8 p.m., NBATV
x — Thursday, April 28 at Toronto, TBD, TBD
x — Saturday, April 30 at Philadelphia, TBD, TBD
x — If needed
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Cameron Johnson, Phoenix Suns wing
125–114 Game 2 Tuesday loss vs. New Orleans —
26 minutes, 11 points, 4–10 FG, 1–6 3FG, 2–4 FT, 4 rebounds, 2 steals, 1 turnover, -11, 6.6 game score
Playoff statistics — 2 games, 12.0 points, 56.3 FG%, 25.0 3FG%, 57.1 FT%, 2.5 rebounds, 0 assists
Regular-season statistics —
66 games, 12.5 points, 46.0 FG%, 42.5 3FG%, 86.0 FT%, 4.1 rebounds, 1.5 assists
Series scores, schedule
Last Sunday: Phoenix 110, New Orleans 99
Last Tuesday: New Orleans 125, Phoenix 114; series tied at 1
Friday at New Orleans, 9:30 p.m., ESPN
Sunday, April 24 at New Orleans, 9:30 p.m., TNT
Tuesday, April 26 at Phoenix, 10 p.m., TNT
x —Thursday, April 28 at New Orleans, TBD, TBD
x —Saturday, April 30 at Phoenix, TBD, TBD
x — If needed
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Theo Pinson, Dallas Mavericks guard
Off until Thursday
Playoff statistics — Hasn’t played
Regular-season NBA season statistics —
19 games, 2.5 points, 35.9 FG%, 33.3 3FG%, 10–10 FT, 1.1 rebounds, 0.9 assists
G League season statistics — 14 games, 15.7 points, 40.4 FG%, 38.6 3FG%, 84.8 FT%, 4.6 rebounds, 4.1 assists, 1.2 steals
Series scores, schedule
Last Saturday: Utah 99, Dallas 93
Last Monday: Dallas 110, Utah 105; series tied at 1
Thursday at Utah, 9 p.m., NBATV
Saturday at Utah, 4:30 p.m., TNT
Monday at Dallas, 9:30, TNT
x — Thursday, April 28 at Utah, TBD, TBD
x — Saturday, April 30 at Dallas, TBD, TBD
x — If needed
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Day’Ron Sharpe, Brooklyn Nets center
114–107 Game 2 Wednesday loss at Boston
22.1 seconds, 0 points, +2
Playoff statistics — 1 game, 0 points, 0.0 game score
Regular-season NBA statistics —
32 games, 6.2 points, 57.7 FG%, 28.6 3P%, 58.5% FT, 5.0 rebounds, 0.5 of an assist
G League statistics (2021 part of season) — 4 games, 18.0 points, 47.8 FG%, 33.33P%, 85.7 FT%, 9.8 rebounds, 1.4 steals, 2.6 blocks
G League statistics (2022 part of season) — 10 games, 18.8 points, 51.0 FG%, 33.3 3FG%, 40.0 FT%, 13.0 rebounds, 3.1 assists
Series scores, schedule
Last Sunday: Boston 115, Brooklyn 114
Wednesday:  Boston 114, Brooklyn 107; Celtics lead series 2–0
Saturday at Brooklyn, 7:30 p.m., ESPN
Monday, April 25 at Brooklyn, 7 p.m., TNT
x — Wednesday, April 27 at Boston, TBD, TBD
x — Friday, April 29: Boston at Brooklyn, TBD, TBD
x — Sunday, May 1: Brooklyn at Boston, TBD, TBD
x — If needed
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Coby White, Chicago Bulls guard
114–110 Game 2 Wednesday win at Milwaukee
10 minutes, 5 points, 1–5 FG, 1–1 3FG, 2–2 FT, 2 assists, 2 turnovers, -6, 1.3 game score
Playoff statistics —
2 games, 8.5 points, 40.0 FG%, 42.9 3FG%, 2.0 rebounds, 1.0 assists
Regular-season statistics — 61 games, 12.7 points, 43.3 FG%, 38.5 3P%, 86.7 FT%, 3.0 rebounds, 2.9 assists
Series scores, schedule
Last Sunday: Milwaukee 93, Chicago 86
Wednesday: Chicago 114, Milwaukee 110; series tied at 1
Friday at Chicago, 8:30 p.m., ABC
Sunday at Chicago, 1 p.m., ABC
Wednesday, April 27 at Milwaukee, TBD, TBD
x — Friday, April 29 at Chicago, TBD, TBD
x — Sunday, May 1 at Milwaukee, TBD, TBD
x — If needed
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