Update from the Infirmary
A year ago the Hawks had the good fortune of avoiding the injury bug for the most part of the season. Now, just five games into the 2010-11 campaign, Atlanta has been without a key bench player (Mo Evans) for all but one game, the reigning Sixth Man of the Year (Jamal Crawford) last night, and now Marvin Williams will not make the trip with the team for tomorrow night’s game in Minnesota.
The good news is that none of the injuries seem to be long term.
Mo’s knee is getting better. He was on the court after practice today, working on his game while the team prepared for their flight North.
Jamal’s turf toe is day-to-day. Toe injuries are tough to completely heal, and easy to aggravate. Unfortunately there is limited treatment for toes other than rest. Jamal could be available tomorrow in Minnesota, and I would say there is a high probability that he will be in uniform on Sunday against the Suns.
Marvin, who injured his knee late in last night’s win over the Pistons, will miss the game against the Timberwolves, but he is optimistic he will be back soon. “They are going to keep me back and get a lot of treatment over the next couple of days,” said Williams from the locker room today after practice. “If I’m doing better I hope to shoot for Sunday.”
Meanwhile, the healthy Hawks know that they will have to band together to keep their current unbeaten streak alive. “We will let the guys know that haven’t been playing many minutes that we definitely need them,” said Smoove. “We’ll see what we’re made of.”