UNC guards Reggie Bullock, P.J. Hairston questionable for UAB game

Staff writerNovember 30, 2012 

P.J. Hairston is still recovering from a knee injury he suffered in practice earlier this week. And Reggie Bullock is recovering from a hand injury he suffered during North Carolina’s 83-59 loss at Indiana on Tuesday.

Both players, arguably the Tar Heels’ two best shooters, are questionable for UNC’s game on Saturday at UAB. Hairston and Bullock were both limited in practice today, and a decision about their playing status will be made tomorrow, a team spokesman said.

Hairston didn’t travel with the team earlier this week to Indiana. Bullock, meanwhile, suffered his hand injury during the second half of that game on Tuesday night. He said he endured the injury with about 12 minutes left in the game, when he dove to the court for a loose ball and Cody Zeller , the Indiana forward, stepped on his hand.

Bullock injured the ring finger and middle finger on his right hand – his shooting hand. He practiced on Thursday but didn’t participate in some drills that required contact.

“The biggest thing I would probably say right now is just being able to catch the ball,” Bullock said of how the injury has affected him. “Because when you catch a ball, your fingers actually have to wrap around the ball. So my finger can’t actually come straight, as you can see right now.”

Still, he said he was optimistic that he’d be able to play against UAB.

“I expect so,” he said when asked if he expected to play on Saturday. “But if coach don’t think it’s right for me to do, I definitely wouldn’t do it. But I’m going to try to do everything I can to get it prepared for tomorrow.”

Bullock and Hairston have combined to make 28 of the Heels’ 54 3-pointers this season.

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