This is extremely bad news for the Atlanta Hawks and the individual. Here’s the Hawks with their latest press release:
ATLANTA — Hawks guard Lou Williams experienced a right knee sprain during Atlanta’s game last night at Brooklyn. X-rays taken during the game at the Barclays Center were negative. An MRI and examination today by Dr. Michael Bernot at Peachtree Orthopedics in Atlanta revealed a tear to his anterior cruciate ligament in his right knee.
That is terrible, terrible news for Williams and the Hawks. As mentioned, he had suffered the injury in Friday night’s game against the Brooklyn Nets.
Williams was having another good season off the bench, a role he has had pretty much his entire career with Philadelphia previously, with 14.1 points and 3.6 assists per game. He was shooting a career-best .367 behind the arc. He came over to Atlanta from Philadelphia (where he had spent his entire career) as a free agent and signed a three-year deal with the Hawks.
The Hawks, after a huge swoon previously, are now the sixth seed in the Eastern Conference with a record of 22-17. Losing Williams will make it an even more uphill climb for the Hawks to get to the top tier of the East. Another one of their shooting guards, Anthony Morrow, has been dealing with hip and back ailments. Al Horford is also dealing with a hamstring injury.
As for the rest of their shooting guard depth, they have been starting Jeff Teague and Devin Harris at the backcourt together. Rookie John Jenkins and DeShawn Stevenson are also on the depth chart for two-guard. Kyle Korver could also slide over to the shooting guard spot.
But regardless, it’s a huge loss for the Hawks as Williams had given the Hawks some good scoring punch off the bench. Hope Williams makes a speedy recovery on this horrific injury.