Tar Heels in NBA: Barnes scores 21 in loss; Magic falls at Houston in Anthony’s first career start

By R.L. Bynum It was a night full of frustrating losses for UNC alums on Friday night, with Harrison Barnes’ 21-point, game in a blowout loss the individual highlight. Barnes put up his third game score of at least 20 with 20.2 in a 144–123 home loss to the Toronto Raptors. Barnes tied his season-high …

Tar Heels in NBA: After battling COVID-19 and working back into game shape, Little makes season debut

By R.L. Bynum Nassir Little only scored two points in eight minutes on Thursday night but the big news was that he was finally back on the court for the Portland Trail Blazers after a battle with COVID-19 and then working his way back into game shape. After being added to the active roster two …

Tar Heels in NBA: Career-high 36 for White; an injury means more playing time for Anthony; Green, Bullock have best games of season

By R.L. Bynum It was big night for UNC alums in the NBA with a career-high 36 points from Coby White, the best games of the season for Danny Green and Reggie Bullock and news that will mean more playing time for Cole Anthony. Orlando Magic coach Steve Clifford has said that he wants to …

Tar Heels in NBA: White scores 21, pulls down career-high 10 rebounds as short-handed Bulls keep rolling

By R.L. Bynum Coby White is on a roll and so are the Chicago Bulls. White scored 21, dished out five assists and pulled down a career-high 10 rebounds as the Bulls rallied from a 20-point first-half to earn a big 111–108 victory over the Portland Trail Blazers for their second consecutive victory. After Chicago …

UNC masters winning ugly, hitting big late shots for a second straight game

Black scores career-high 16, hits big late 3; Platek beats Miami on baseline drive with 3 seconds left By R.L. Bynum If you’re a Carolina fan and you don’t like winning ugly or frequently yelling at your television, it might be a good time to opt out of the season. For the second consecutive game, …

Tar Heels in NBA: Barnes, Green play well; Magic formula for Anthony is to take it slowly

By R.L. Bynum Harrison Barnes continues to be the most consistent Tar Heel early in the NBA season. It didn’t go well for his Sacramento Kings in a 137–106 loss at Golden State, but Barnes put together an 18-point, 9-rebound effort and his third game score of 16 or more. Barnes has become a veteran …

Tar Heels in NBA: Green has best game of season; Barnes keeps getting it done

By R.L. Bynum Danny Green has had a tough go of if so far for the Philadelphia 76ers but had his best game of the season Saturday night in their 127–112 victory over the Charlotte Hornets. Green scored 13 points, made 3 of 6 3-point attempts and dished out four assists to produce a season-high …

Tar Heels in NBA: Little talks about COVID-19 battle; Johnson’s Suns win; tough game for White

By R.L. Bynum On a mostly forgettable night for former Tar Heels in the NBA, the bigger news came with the Portland Trail Blazers’ Nassir Little revealing his battle with COVID-19. Little hasn’t played this season and the reason given by the team each time was “health and safety protocols.” That was clarified when he …

UNC gets better in some areas but turnovers, defensive woes continue in loss

By R.L. Bynum All of North Carolina’s early-season issues aren’t going to be resolved at once, but at least the Tar Heels made some progress Wednesday night in Atlanta. But it wasn’t enough with repeated defensive lapses to avoid an 0–2 ACC start.  For the first time since the Tar Heels’ season opener, they never …

Tar Heels in NBA: Ellington scores 11 in season debut

By R.L. Bynum Wayne Ellington made his season debut with 11 points in the Detroit Pistons’ 128–120 road loss to the Atlanta Hawks on Monday night. Ellington didn’t play in the first two games for the 0–3 Pistons before entering Monday’s game in the first period. His first shot of the season, a 3-point attempt …