Lou Williams

Atlanta Hawks get Lou Williams back in rotation


When he entered his first NBA game in 10 months since he tore his ACL, Lou Williams did pretty much exactly what he did when the injury occurred — he used his quickness to drive the lane to the right, finishing it off the glass over the defender.

It was a very good sign.

The Atlanta Hawks got a lot more scoring punch off the bench Wednesday night when Lou Williams returned to his first NBA game since last January. He went 3-of-8 from the floor, 1-of-3 from three (a nice pull up jumper was the make) and had seven points on the night.

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More importantly, his quickness seemed to be there in his return. This is a guy who can create and put up points and the Hawks could certainly reuse that.

Williams was happy to be back.

For now Williams will come off the bench behind Kyle Korver and the sixth man spark plug role that could fit him well. What the Hawks really need is the Sweet Lou of the Philadelphia years — the one in Atlanta the first half of last season didn’t get to the line as often and turned the ball over more than the younger version. If Williams can return to his form of a couple years ago Atlanta just got a very nice pickup.

Hezonja throws down one-handed dunk in preseason debut

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Mario Hezonja, the No. 5 pick in this year’s draft, has never lacked for confidence. The Croatian guard made his pro debut in the Magic’s preseason game against the Hornets on Saturday and did this:

Between Hezonja, Elfrid Payton, Victor Oladipo and Aaron Gordon, the Magic have a nucleus of young players that has the potential to be a lot of fun. Even if they’re still a few years away from contending, they’re definitely going to be a League Pass favorite this year.

Michael Kidd-Gilchrist suffers dislocated shoulder in preseason game

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Preseason is only just getting underway and there’s already a potentially serious injury to report. In the game between the Hornets and Magic on Saturday night, Michael Kidd-Gilchrist was taken to the locker room after suffering a right shoulder injury. The Hornets announced that he was then taken to an Orlando-area hospital for follow-up x-rays:

A few hours after the game, the Hornets announced that Kidd-Gilchrist has a dislocated shoulder:

Depending on the severity of the injury, he could miss a few weeks or a few months. Hopefully, it’s the shorter end of that timeline. We should know more on Sunday.