Tar Heels in NBA: Johnson’s career playoff-high 17 help Suns beat Bullocks’ Mavs; Green’s 76ers fall

After having a tough time getting past the New Orleans Pelicans in the first round, the Phoenix Suns played like the team with the best regular-season record on Monday, with Cameron Johnson playing a big part. Johnson scored a playoff career-high 17 points in 24 minutes off the bench in his best playoff game of the season as the Suns earned a 121–114 home victory over the Dallas Mavericks in Game 1 of their Western Conference semifinal series.More

Love checks off big social-media goal

You can give Caleb Love a blue check even if it isn’t Carolina blue. And you can rest assured that when you see a tweet from the @caleb2love account, you’re reading the words of the Carolina guard who will be back for his junior season.

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Tar Heels in NBA: Green, Bullock and Johnson open second-round series; all have dealt with injuries to star teammates

Four Tar Heels begin play Monday night in the conference semifinals of the NBA playoffs and while none of them have dealt with injuries, star teammates have missed games to create challenges for their playoff runs. When Danny Green’s Philadelphia 76ers visit the Miami Heat at 7:30 Monday night (TNT) for Game 1 of their Eastern Conference semifinals series, it will be without Joel Embiid. Reggie Bullock and Theo Pinson’s Dallas Mavericks meet Cameron Johnson’s Phoenix Suns Monday at 10 p.m. in Game 1 of their Western Conference semifinal series after both teams weathered key injuries during the first round.More

Walton in transfer portal, creating UNC opening for transfer

Kerwin Walton always seemed to be a logical transfer candidate and it appears that his Carolina basketball career may be over. The 6–5 sophomore, who last weekend entered his name into the NBA draft process, has additionally entered the transfer portal. It also gives the Tar Heels an available scholarship and the chance to bring in a transfer who they hope can have the sort of impact Brady Manek had. The stretch-four transferred from Oklahoma for his fifth college season and became a key reason why UNC made the Final Four.More

Commanders pick Howell in fifth round; 4 Tar Heels drafted

Sam Howell’s interminable wait finally ended at the start of the fifth round on Saturday afternoon when the Washington Commanders made the Carolina quarterback the 144th overall pick in the 2022 NFL Draft and the sixth quarterback selected. The former Redskins may have just got one of the steals of the draft in getting the No. 34 player on the Pro Football Focus big board. A year ago, Howell was considered to be a sure first-round pick. Since 2019, Howell has PFP’s top grade in fourth quarters at 92.4. “God is so faithful,” Howell wrote on Twitter. “So excited for this next chapter. Let’s go to work!”More

Ryan McAdoo reportedly enters transfer portal

A Carolina men’s basketball player has reportedly entered the transfer portal but his likely departure won’t open up a scholarship for the program that’s at the 13-scholarship limit. Ryan McAdoo, who turned 23 Saturday, has entered the transfer portal, according to verbalcommits.com, as a graduate transfer. McAdoo was on scholarship for his last two seasons at UNC but, given the program’s scholarship numbers, would likely only be able to return for a fifth college season as a walk-on with 13 other players already on scholarship.More

Tar Heels in NBA: Green, Johnson, Bullock advance to next round; Johnson’s Suns to meet Bullock’s Mavs

Danny Green, Cameron Johnson and Reggie Bullock all helped their teams win road games Thursday night to win their first-round NBA playoff series in six games, with the latter two now facing off in the next round. Green’s Philadelphia 76ers, the No. 4 seed in the Eastern Conference, advanced to a conference semifinal series against the No. 1-seed Miami Heat, with Game 1 Monday in Miami at 7:30 p.m. (TNT). Johnson’s Phoenix Suns, the No. 1 seed in the Western Conference, will meet Bullock’s No. 4-seed Dallas Mavericks in a conference semifinals series. Game 1 is at 10 p.m. Monday in Phoenix (TNT).More

Four to represent UNC in U.S. women’s three-on-three nationals

Thanks to its Sweet 16 run, Carolina’s women’s basketball team will send a team to the USA Basketball 3X Nationals three-on-three competition next month. Rising juniors Deja Kelly, Kennedy Todd-Williams, Alyssa Ustby and Alexandra Zelaya will make up the UNC team that will complete at the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame in Springfield, Mass., May 13–15.More

Tar Heels in NBA: White’s up-and-down season ends with productive game in loss; Bullock, Green, Johnson hope to close out series

An up-and-down season for Coby White and the Chicago Bulls ended Wednesday night with the Milwaukee Bucks finishing off a 4–1 first-round series win. With Chicago missing its starting backcourt of All-Star Zach Lavine (health and safety protocols) and Alex Caruso (concussion protocol), White had his most productive game of the series in Milwaukee’s 116–100 home victory in Game 5.More