Thursday, March 12, 2009

UNC's Lawson unlikely to play

ATLANTA — North Carolina point guard Ty Lawson did not practice today, a team spokesman said, and is unlikely to play when the top-seed Tar Heels play No. 8 seed Virginia Tech on Friday in the ACC tournament quarterfinals.

"We don't think he'll play, but we don't want to rule it out completely until we see how he does in the morning,'' spokesman Steve Kirschner said in a message.

Lawson, the ACC's Player of the Year, jammed his right big toe during last Friday's practice when he collided with a basket support. He started and played during UNC's victory against Duke on Sunday after receiving a shot that numbed the toe, but the toe swelled up afterwards, and Lawson has not practiced since.

Thursday, Lawson did some conditioning on a stationary bike, and shot some free throws in Chapel Hill before the team left for Atlanta. -- Robbi Pickeral