Johnson’s best playoff game helps Suns win opener of Western Conference finals

By R.L. Bynum With Chris Paul out of Phoenix’s lineup because of health and safety protocols, the Suns needed a lift from multiple players in Game 1 of the Western Conference finals Sunday against the Los Angeles Clippers. One of those players was Cameron Johnson, who played aggressively. The former Tar Heel scored 12 points …

Danny Green reportedly will miss 2 to 3 weeks with right calf strain

By R.L. Bynum After Danny Green left the Philadelphia 76ers’ Game 3 victory Friday night over the Atlanta Hawks with a right calf strain, he will reportedly miss two to three weeks. Green left the 127–111 win a little less than four minutes into the game and didn’t play after that, returning to the bench …

White has surgery on left shoulder, could miss start of next season

By R.L. Bynum Coby White, who has been playing pickup games at the Smith Center this spring, had surgery Thursday after injuring his left shoulder last weekend during “basketball-related activities,” according to the Chicago Bulls, and will be re-evaluated in four months. The next NBA season starts Oct. 19, which is in a little more …

Tar Heels in NBA: Johnson has best playoff game as Suns advance; Green’s pursuit of 3rd consecutive title continues

By R.L. Bynum With Cameron Johnson’s best game of his playoff-debut series, the Phoenix Suns advanced Thursday and he joined the Philadelphia 76ers’ Danny Green in the second round. While the NBA playoffs are all new for Johnson, Green is seeking his third consecutive NBA title and fourth overall. Johnson scored in double figures for …

Tar Heels in NBA: Anthony caps frustrating rookie season with huge game; six Heels in playoffs

By R.L. Bynum Half of the 12 Tar Heels in the NBA are going to the playoffs but one who isn’t, Orlando’s Cole Anthony, ended his rookie season with a scoring flurry. Anthony scored 23 of his season-high 37 points in the first half Sunday night. Even with Philadelphia team resting a few regulars, though, …

Tar Heels in NBA: ‘Don’t do ’em like that!’ Watch White dunk make announcers go nuts

By R.L. Bynum The Chicago Bulls’ chances of earning the final Eastern Conference play-in spot remain slim but Coby White made sure that they were still alive with his sixth double-double of the season. And he got the full attention of the Bulls television announcers with one mammoth slam dunk. White collected 17 points, three …

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 …

Tar Heels in NBA: Bullock, White have big scoring games in victories

By R.L. Bynum One Tar Heel whose team is definitely in the playoffs, Reggie Bullock, had a season-best scoring game and another who is trying to fight to get his team in the playoffs, Coby White, had another big game on Sunday night. Reggie Bullock scored a season-high 24 points and made five 3-pointers as …

Tar Heels in NBA: White’s confidence soaring after huge perimeter shooting game; Anthony nets 20

By R.L. Bynum It may be too late to put Chicago in the playoffs, but Coby White and Zach LaVine have the Bulls playing well. Both scored 25 points Friday night as the Bulls rolled to a 121–99 home victory Friday over the Boston Celtics for their second consecutive game. The Bulls are three games …

Tar Heels in NBA: White sticks as Bulls starter even with LaVine’s return as Chicago rolls

By R.L. Bynum For 11 consecutive games while Chicago’s Zach LaVine was out under the NBA’s health and safety protocols, Coby White was back in the starting lineup after a month of coming off the bench. LaVine returned Thursday night at Charlotte but White didn’t go back to a reserve role. Without having to carry …