LEXINGTON, Ky. -- John Wall simply doesn't look the same in the second half.
If you're looking for an example then rewind the DVR to when Wall, with the shot-clock winding down, spun in the lane and lofted a less than impressive floater against Ed Davis. Davis swatted the shot. A first-half, quicker Wall would have been able to get a step closer and possibly into Davis' body to draw a foul.
Meanwhile, the Tar Heels are playing with more poise in the last few minutes. The Tar Heels have been on the attack throughout the second half.
They clearly seized the opportunity to take advantage of Wall's absence or inability to blow by them. DeMarcus Cousins still commits silly fouls.
The interior defense of Carolina has been solid in the last few minutes, keeping the Tar Heels in the game. If the Tar Heels can finish plays on the break and hit an open 3 or jumper they may just come back and win this game. That would be something.