Lawson Will Start on Friday

From ACC Now:

UNC point guard Ty Lawson will return to the starting lineup in the ACC quarterfinals on Friday, coach Roy Williams said, as long as everything goes well in practice Thursday.

Lawson, a sophomore, has come off the bench for three straight games after missing six with a sprained left ankle.

The ankle remains in a thick black brace, but he told Williams his left hip pointer has actually been bothering him more than his ankle.

He also twisted his right ankle during Saturday’s win at Duke when he landed on a photographer after a reverse layup, but he said he’s feeling fine.

First of all, a huge thanks to Quentin Thomas for filling the PG role for the past month plus.  This team is not sitting at 29-2 without him and I hope he continues to play as well coming off the bench as he did as the starter.  Secondly, Lawson returning as a starter essentially means he is practicing more fully and I expect his assertion following the Duke game that he would be close to 100% by the end of the ACC Tournament is on track.


12 Responses to Lawson Will Start on Friday

  1. ericomac says:

    I also think that this is great news. Hopefully with Q’s experience, the team can continue to hold leads when Lawson needs a break. Perhaps Lawson won’t need to go full tilt for 35 minutes a game now.

  2. rbl says:

    This is great news. I agree that this team’s sucess wouldn’t have been possible without Q. In my judgment, he deserves some special mention in the annals of Carolina’s basketball history.

    I really like this team. Carolina has had more talented units in the past, but the pieces fit together to form a masterpiece. Lawson is one of the country’s best point guards, Hansbrough is, simply, the James Brown of college basketball, i.e., the hardest working man in the business, Daniel Ellington has one of the smoothest strokes in college basketball, Q is the consummate team player, subjugating himself for the team’s benefit, and I’ll take Ginyard over Nelson defensively any day of the week.

    Finally, the Dukies bow to Coach K’s shrine. They can have him – I’ll take Roy any time. Given the defensive symphony orchestrated by Carolina last Saturday, I’ll take Steve Robinson over him as well.

    Wonder if Johnny Dawkins would shake my hand now?

  3. Santiago says:


    What do you think about Wayne Green? 😉

  4. MinnyTarHeelFan says:

    Kind of lost in everything from the Dook game on Saturday was Q’s huge three, only his third try of the season! Looking at the play-by-play it doesn’t seem that big, but if you remember it was right in the midst of when Duke made that run to get back into it and had finally tied it. Granted, nine minutes remained in the game, but I thought it calmed us a bit, and we were able to weather the storm until those final five, glorious minutes.

  5. Jack says:

    Minor nit-pick, Minny, but it was only the final 3 1/2 minutes that were glorious, when we were scoring and they weren’t.

    It says a lot about Q that it doesn’t matter much who starts, as long as both can play. But if it means Ty is healthier, it’s all good news.

    (Isn’t Wayne Green a name in some western? I guess I’m also confusing two people…)

  6. Larry P says:

    A note about Q:
    I’m a newspaper reporter and last week interviewed a HS senior who just found out he’s a Morehead-Cain scholar. At the end of the interview he told me he had been on campus a day or two before and as he came out of a building found himself near Q. He wished Quinton good luck (in the Fla. State game and senior night). Quinton thanked him, then, rather than moving on, noticed that the young man was wearing a suit. Q asked him about it and the student told him that he was a HS senior and a finalist for the Morehead. Q wished him luck and said he knew the guy would do well.
    It was obvious from the story that Q is interested in more than himself, that he shows a curiousity toward even total strangers. I’m not surprised that he could be willing to give up his temporary place in the sun after Ty came back from his injury.
    There are quite a few story lines from the Tar Heels this season, not the least of which is Quinton Thomas.

  7. Tar Heel alum and fan says:

    I’ll go so far as to say UNC would not be playing for a #1 seed in the East if not for Q. In the Duke game, in addition to the big 3, he made some nice passes that turned into critical baskets (including one hustling assist for a 3 I believe). If Lawson also twisted his other ankle, it is very reassuring to have Q as his backup. I also feel Q provides a nice change of pace – he’s taller and can effectively shoot in traffic nearer the basket and since he is both a good ball handler and a good free throw shooter, can be very effective when UNC is running out the clock.

  8. Many thanks to Q.

    I’m very excited to see Ty back at starter because of what that implies.

  9. Josh Bowling says:

    I would like to respect Thomas with the start and have Lawson sub for him.

  10. Josh Bowling says:

    Also, what do you guys think about Deon Stepheson?

  11. Josh Bowling says:

    That question was for you rbl.

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