UNC coach Roy Williams has made a habit of calling point guard Ty Lawson "Dennis the Menace." But after his 23-point performance on a gimpy right toe Saturday, Williams said he may start calling the junior "Rambo."
“I don’t he’s 100 percent,'' said Williams, who nonetheless thinks Lawson will play Friday, when the top-seeded Tar Heels play No. 4 seed Gonzaga in the Sweet Sixteen. "I don’t think he’s going to be 100 percent, but we’ll take whatever we can get, especially if it’s like that performance Saturday. Because that’s about as good as I’ve ever had a point guard play in 21 years as a head coach."
Lawson — who jammed the toe March 6 -- was not limping during his Tuesday press conference, and said he's been icing the toe up to seven times a day. It also didn't swell as much as when he played on the injury March 8 against Duke — but then again, he also didn't soak it in hot water and Epsom salt, a remedy his dad recommended and likely made the swelling worse.
“My dad didn’t come nowhere near me (this time),’’ Lawson said Tuesday, laughing. “He said, ‘Yeah, I learned my lesson the first time.’”