Dec 15, 2012; Atlanta, GA, USA; Atlanta Hawks guard Lou Williams (3) prepares to take a shot during the second half against the Golden State Warriors at Philips Arena. Warriors won 115-93. Warriors won 115-93. Mandatory Credit: Joshua S. Kelly-USA TODAY Sports

Lou Williams returns to practice for the Hawks

Lou Williams missed half of the season when he tore his ACL last season, and he has yet to play for the Hawks this season. The Hawks have one of the top offenses in the league right now, and when Williams returns, they should only get better. Well, according to the Atlanta Journal Constitution, he could be back soon:

A day after Hawks coach Mike Budenholzer acknowledged that Williams has participated in full-contact drills, he said Williams has been medically cleared and is now getting in game shape. The veteran guard is rehabbing from a torn right ACL suffered in January.

“He is basically competing full-go now,” Budenholzer said Wednesday morning before the Hawks took on the Knicks. “I guess, in that sense, you could say he’s been cleared. He is doing everything. It’s now getting game-ready or game-comfortable. He’s played five-on-five. He is basically cleared to do everything. We’ll get him to where he feels comfortable playing in a game.”

Budenholzer would not speculate when Williams may play his first game since the season-ending injury.

Williams has led teams in scoring off the bench before, and he would bolster the much improving Hawks. Last season he was a candidate for Sixth Man of the Year before he got hurt, so we will see if he can return to a level near that. Expect him to take some time to get back in shape and in rhythm.

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