Watts shakes shooting slump and other positives come out of UNC’s loss at Syracuse

By R.L. Bynum Tar Heels fans knew the dynamic talent that North Carolina got when Stephanie Watts transferred back into the program before this season. But as the struggles with her shot seemed to affect her overall game, they weren’t seeing that Watts.  She was back Tuesday afternoon at Syracuse. Watts came off the bench …

Tar Heels in NBA: Ellington has best game of the season; Bullock helps Knicks win back-to-back games; Johnson gets first start of season

By R.L. Bynum It’s been a strange season for Wayne Ellington in his return to the Detroit Pistons. After he played in only one of Detroit’s first six games, and only for four minutes in that game, Ellington has started three consecutive games and five of the last seven. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=M_4NZKW-6YM&ab_channel=FOXSportsDetroit In his latest start, Ellington …

Tar Heels in NBA: Bullock helps Knicks end skid; White goes scoreless but with no turnovers in big Bulls win

By R.L. Bynum Reggie Bullock’s sore right hip is better and his return helped the New York Knicks roll over the Boston Celtics on Sunday to snap a five-game losing streak. In the Knicks’ 105–75 romp, Bullock collected 11 points and seven rebounds and had a career-high plus/minus of +36. His previous high was +34 …

Tar Heels in NBA: Anthony has best game of season but Magic falls in Harden’s Nets debut

By R.L. Bynum All the attention in Brooklyn was on James Harden’s triple-double in his Nets debut. But in their 122–115 victory over the Orlando Magic, Cole Anthony had his best game of the season with season highs in assists, 3-pointers, steals and game score. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-3-eDd6DMIs&ab_channel=NbaHighlights Anthony scored 16 points but the key numbers in …

There was a lot to like in Tar Heels’ loss from Harris’ debut to Love’s shooting

By R.L. Bynum There were plenty of positives coming out of North Carolina’s 82–75 loss at Florida State on a day when turnovers again hurt the Tar Heels during key stretches. The biggest positives were the confidence Caleb Love is building with his 3-point attempts finally falling and the energy Anthony Harris brought to the …