Lou Williams Injury: Updates on Hawks G's Knee

Brian Leigh@@BLeighDATFeatured ColumnistJanuary 18, 2013

NEW YORK, NY - JANUARY 18:  Louis Williams #3 of the Atlanta Hawks drives against Mirza Teletovic #33 of the Brooklyn Nets in the second quarter of the game at Barclays Center on January 18, 2013 in the Brooklyn borough of New York City. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this Photograph, user is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement.  (Photo by Al Bello/Getty Images)
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Atlanta Hawks guard Lou Williams suffered what appeared to be a fairly significant injury in the second quarter of a 94-89 loss to the Brooklyn Nets on Friday Night.


UPDATE: Saturday, Jan. 19 at 5:33 p.m. ET by Ian Hanford

The Atlanta Hawks announced on Twitter on Saturday that Williams will miss the rest of the season with a torn ACL:

Lou Williams is out for the season with a torn ACL.Here's the full report:on.nba.com/YfIcT4 #ATLHawks

— Atlanta Hawks (@ATLHawks) January 19, 2013


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According to the Hawks' official team Twitter, the injury has initially been diagnosed as a right knee sprain. He'll undergo further tests when the team arrives back in Atlanta tonight:

Team officials say the initial diagnosis is a right knee sprain for Lou. He will be tested further tonight and when the team comes home.

— Atlanta Hawks (@ATLHawks) January 19, 2013


If deemed serious, the loss couldn't come at a worse time for the Hawks. After storming to a 19-9 start out of the gate, Atlanta has lost eight of their past 11 games, including a brutal 1-6 stretch in the middle of this month.

Williams, who finished second behind James Harden in voting for last year's Sixth Man of the Year Award, has been a vital cog for the Hawks during his first season in Atlanta. Despite playing primarily off the bench, he ranks fourth on the team with 29.2 minutes per game, third with 14.5 points per game and third with a PER of 16.8.

Should he have to miss an extended period of time, he'll be sorely missed for a myriad of reasons. More than anything though, the Hawks—who average a subpar 95.8 points per game—will miss his explosive ability to put the ball in the hoop. Even with only nine starts on the season, he's scored 20-plus points eight different times.

In his potential absence, underachieving starter Devin Harris will likely receive a slight uptick in minutes, and need to improve his output. The same can be said for slightly more stable youngster Jeff Teague. The loss might also yield some extra minutes for rookie sharpshooter John Jenkins, who's made 47 percent of his three-pointers.

Stay tuned for any and all updates as soon as they come in.