Lawson Questionable[UPDATE]

UPDATE: ACC Now is saying that little has changed with Lawson’s status. It basically boils down to whether he can practice today. In comments made during his regular Tuesday press conference, Roy expressed doubts as to whether they would see Lawson on the court today. If he does not go, Bobby Frasor will start at point against Ohio State.

Inside Carolina is reporting based on Roy Williams comments during his radio show that Ty Lawson is questionable for the Ohio State game. Lawson’s ankle is being treated and diagnosed as only a sprain.

“Ty did not practice today,” head coach Roy Williams said during his Monday night radio show. “[He] got treatment last night, got treatment this morning. It’s nothing but a sprain, but we won’t really know until we practice tomorrow.

“We’re hopeful that we’ll be able to get him on the court tomorrow, but we won’t know anything until he starts running up and down the court. I do know this for sure, he won’t be 100 percent, so we’ll have to make a decision whether to play him or not.”

I say if he is not 100% then do not play him and allow the ankle to fully heal. Winning at Ohio State is a nice to have not a must have game and if he aggravates the injury or it turns into a chronic issue similar to Bobby Frasor’s foot last season, he may never get back into the groove. Also, just because Lawson does not play does not mean UNC is doomed. I seem to recall King Rice subbing in for an injured Jeff Lebo in 1989 when #13 UNC went to Cameron to play #1 Duke. Heels won by 20 and I think the difference between Lawson and Frasor/Thomas is far less than it was between Lebo and Rice.

13 Responses to Lawson Questionable[UPDATE]

  1. sring says:

    I agree that leaving Lawson out would be better then risking a deeper injury – and might actually be good for the team long-term, but I question the point that Lawson and Frasor/Thomas is less of a difference than Lebo and Rice. Lebo is probably the best passer in the bunch, but Rice was a strong substitute and good defender. The difference for me between Frasor/Thomas and Lawson is one of speed and neither Lebo nor Rice was exceptionally quick.

  2. Tar Heel Fan says:

    You are forgetting Lebo was one of the great three point shooters in UNC history and at that point in 1989 Rice was a sophomore and still pretty raw.

  3. Adam says:

    You are also forgetting that QT is the biggest waste of a scholarship in UNC Basketball history and is just as likely to pass the ball to an opponent as he is to another Tar Heel.

  4. Tar Heel Fan says:

    I am going to respectfully disagree with that. Thomas had a 2.2 A/TO ratio last season which was only slightly worse than Ty Lawson’s 2.6 and exactly the same as Bobby Frasor. In 05-06 his A/TO was 2,1 and was actually better than Frasor who handle PG duties most of the time. This is a vast improvement over the 1.0 A/TO he had during his freshman year. So far this season he is at 1.8 but Lawson is at 1.6, though it seems like the whole team has a bit of a turnover bug.

  5. Josh Bowling says:

    THF, I do not know how anyone could not stand in amazement at Jeff Lebo. I would kill to have him at our program again. 3 point shooting is exactly something that we are not good at – either shooting it or defending it. I recall Lebo on a fast break, thinking it was going to be an easy lay-up, instead he pulls up and hits a 3. Who else but Lebo could do that? Oh I know, Donald Williams. Look out for Duke, I think they hit 3’s better than regular field goals.

  6. DeanForever says:

    Is it just me, or has UNC consistently struggled to defend the three-point shot since the incepiton of the 3-pt rule?

  7. Tar Heel Fan says:

    Yes, yes they have. I think it has something to do with the defensive philosophy of both Dean and Roy. I think the defense is more predicated on not giving up higher percentage shots and the 3 pointer is considered the lowest percentage shot on the court. I know Roy/Dean believe in taking the high percentage shot on offense and I think they apply that thinking to defense and seem to be willing to give up the perimeter shot.

  8. C. Michael says:

    UNC’s win% in the 20 years leading up to the 3-pt shot: .805
    UNC’s win % in the first 20 years of the 3-pt shot: .776
    UNC’s win % in the first 20 years of the 3-pt shot (minus the Doherty-years) : .811

    Pretty steady.

  9. 52BigGameJames says:

    Dean a little moreso than Roy-loved the Man, but that was a fault (one of the very few) imo, especially late in his coaching tenure. Mark Price…Dennis Scott?

  10. 52BigGameJames says:

    whew-forgot about that one-nightmares!

  11. Tar Heel Fan says:

    I would say Randolph Childress during the 1995 ACC Tourney but he did that to every team he played that weekend.

  12. 52BigGameJames says:

    too true–shades of MJ!

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