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Atlanta Hawks: Lou Williams out for the season with torn ACL

Lou Williams was forced to leave last night’s game against the Brooklyn Nets on a wheel chair, after suffering an unfortunate injury.

What at first was diagnosed as a knee sprain has turned out to be a torn ACL, which will sideline Williams for the rest of this season.

Atlanta Hawks official homepage released the following statement:

 ATLANTA — Hawks guard Lou Williams experienced a right knee sprain during Atlanta’s game last night at Brooklyn. X-rays taken during the game at the Barclays Center were negative. An MRI and examination today by Dr. Michael Bernot at Peachtree Orthopedics in Atlanta revealed a tear to his anterior cruciate ligament in his right knee.

“We are extremely disappointed for Lou and our thoughts and support will be with him during his recovery,” said President of Basketball Operations and General Manager Danny Ferry. “He has been a complete professional in every sense of the word and know that approach, along with his work ethic, will serve him well in his rehabilitation.”

Williams will now undergo a period of rest before having surgery to repair the injury at a date to be determined. He will miss the remainder of the season and a timetable for his recovery will be announced following surgery.

The 6-foot-1 guard from Snellville ranks third on the team in scoring (14.1), assists (3.6) and steals (1.1). He is shooting .422 from the field, including career-bests of .367 from three-point range and .868 from the free throw line, in 28.7 minutes per game in 39 games (nine starts).

You hate to see any player damage his knee ligaments, as the injury usually limits the player for the rest of his career. As with most ACL tears, the injury occurred without any contact. After making a great steal on the defensive end, Williams lead the fast break. As he made a leap and planted his foot, you could see that there was some give on his knee:

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We wish Lou Williams a speedy and trouble-free recovery.

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