Lou Williams Illness: Updates on Lakers Star's Status and Return

Alec Nathan@@AlecBNathanFeatured Columnist

Los Angeles Lakers' Lou Williams controls the ball against the Philadelphia 76ers during the second half of an NBA basketball game, Friday, Jan. 1, 2016, in Los Angeles. The Lakers won 93-84. (AP Photo/Danny Moloshok)
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Los Angeles Lakers shooting guard Lou Williams was out with an illness Thursday against the Chicago Bulls. However, he has been cleared to return to the lineup. 

Continue for updates. 


Williams Active vs. Clippers

Friday, Jan. 29

The Lakers announced Williams would start against the Los Angeles Clippers on Friday.


Williams Finding Groove in Scott's System

Williams captured Sixth Man of the Year honors following the 2014-15 season, but the Raptors let him walk in free agency despite averaging a career-high 15.5 points two years removed from tearing his ACL. Williams proceeded to sign a three-year, $21 million deal with the Lakers. 

Williams admittedly needed time to adjust to head coach Byron Scott's system, but he eventually found a niche that allowed him to play off the ball more. 

"It’s been fun," Williams said of his reduced ball-handling duties, according to Medina. "It’s one of the things we needed to do to put guys in a position to be successful. I’m playing my natural position."

Before sitting with the illness, Williams was averaging 15.5 points on 40 percent shooting from the field and 33 percent shooting from three. 

The veteran microwave scorer has never been particularly efficient, but his ability to bail out the Lakers offense with a quick release remains quite valuable, and provides an immediate lift to the offense.

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