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Puff Johnson ‘doing a lot better’, could play Tuesday

Puff Johnson ‘doing a lot better’, could play Tuesday

After missing Saturday’s win over N.C. State, UNC basketball wing Puff Johnson has a chance to return to the floor on Tuesday.

Johnson has been dealing with a ‘sore knee’ but on Monday, North Carolina head coach Hubert Davis addressed the injury.

“Puff is doing a lot better,” Davis said. “It was two days before the NC State game. His knee was just really sore. He went in for a layup and came down and just didn’t feel good. Every day it has gotten better. There is a chance that he could play tomorrow, but I haven’t seen him today…. He didn’t practice yesterday but he was moving a lot better and it just keeps getting better every day.”

Johnson has played in 16 games this season and is averaging 4.1 points and 2.6 rebounds per game in 15.1 minutes a game off of the bench. He’s shooting 36.8 percent from three on 1.2 attempts per game.

The 6-foot-8 wing has had a long injury history in his UNC career. Often dealing with knee or foot injuries, Johnson has missed a total of 34 games in his two and a half years in Chapel Hill. This season, he has missed four games.

When he is healthy, however, he adds a great deal of versatility on the perimeter. His length and athleticism adds an added boost defensively and his passing ability along with his ability to stretch the floor allows him to play a few different positions on offense.

Last season, Johnson made a name for himself on the biggest stage, scoring 11 points in the National Championship game. This year, he has scored in double-figures in two of the last four games he’s played.

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