Tar Heels in the Pros

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It was tough week to be a Tar Heel in the Pros as a number of players were injured or continued to battle through injuries. Denver Nuggets point guard Ty Lawson suffered an ankle injury as did Ed Davis of the Memphis Grizzles. The Heels all-time leading scorer Tyler Hansbrough is trying to come back from shoulder injury while Marvin Williams of the Utah Jazz is fighting back from a foot injury. Despite the long list of injured Heels, there were several who played their best so far this season in the first week of December.Harrison Barnes (Golden State): A week after scoring a career-high 26 points against Oklahoma City, the second year player continued his solid play scoring 19 against Toronto and following it up with 14 against the Houston Rockets. With the injury to Andre Iguodala, Barnes is receiving extra playing time and has taken advantage. For the week he averaged 13 points per game which is also what he is averaging so far this season.

Dec 6, 2013; Washington, DC, USA; Milwaukee Bucks power forward John Henson (31) dunks the ball over Washington Wizards small forward Chris Singleton (31) in the fourth quarter at Verizon Center. The Bucks won 109-105 in overtime. Mandatory Credit: Geoff Burke-USA TODAY Sports

Dec 6, 2013; Washington, DC, USA; Milwaukee Bucks power forward John Henson (31) dunks the ball over Washington Wizards small forward Chris Singleton (31) in the fourth quarter at Verizon Center. The Bucks won 109-105 in overtime. Mandatory Credit: Geoff Burke-USA TODAY Sports

John Henson (Milwaukee): The Bucks forward had an outstanding first week of December averaging 15 points on 53 percent shooting along with 9.5 rebounds and 6 total blocks over 4 games. On December 6th against Washington, Henson played a career-high 45 minutes and had a season-high with 19 points and 17 rebounds while going 8-10 from the field.  For the season, he is averaging 10 points and 6 rebounds and continuing to try and carve himself a spot in the Bucks rotation.

Ed Davis (Memphis): On December 3rd against the Phoenix Suns, Davis had his best game since being traded to the Grizzles playing a season-high 33 minutes. Davis finished with 21 points his most since December 12th of last year and 12 rebounds his most since January 13th of last season. Both of those performances came while he was still with the Toronto Raptors. Unfortunately, Davis was unable to follow up on that game as an ankle limited him to only 8 minutes in the next game against the Clippers and caused him to miss the next game against Golden State.

Reggie Bullock (LA Clippers): Before injuring his ankle in their most recent game against the Cleveland Cavaliers, Bullock appeared to find a spot in the rotation thanks to an injury to J.J. Redick. The rookie had played double figure minutes in the last nine games after not playing double figure minutes at all so far this season. He responded with a 10-point effort in a loss to the Pacers on December 1st and going 3 for 3 from the 3-point line with 9 points in a loss to Grizzles last Thursday.

Topics: Ed Davis, Harrison Barnes, John Henson, North Carolina Tar Heels, Reggie Bullock, Tar Heels In The Pro's

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