Originally posted on BlackSportsOnline  |  Last updated 1/19/13
When it rains, it pours on the Atlanta Hawks.  In addition to their issues with star forward Josh Smith, Atlanta has lost seven of their last ten games to fall to sixth place in the Eastern Conference.  Saturday brought more bad news for Atlanta. The Atlanta Journal-Constitution is reporting that Lou Williams, the team’s third leading scorer at 14.1 points per game, is out for the season with a torn ACL.  The ex-Sixers guard reportedly suffered the injury during Friday’s game against the Nets. “You lose that, it’s kind of hard to replace,” Hawks guard DeShawn Stevenson said to the AJC. “I don’t think you just go out and find someone who can give you 16 points off the bench any time. I think guys have to play within themselves. Things like this happen. It sucks but guys have to be ready to step up and try to fill his shoes.” Look for Atlanta to increase rookie guard John Jenkins’ minutes with Williams out.  With Atlanta looking like they’re in free-fall mode after a hot start to the season, pay attention to the Hawks as we approach the NBA’s trade deadline.  They have plenty of expiring contracts (Josh Smith, Devin Harris), and they could end up being a major player in what figures to be an active trade market.
GET THE YARDBARKER APP:
Ios_download En_app_rgb_wo_45
MORE FROM YARDBARKER

Dale Earnhardt Jr. to retire after 2017 season

Watson warns teams against picking Mitchell over him

Bonds to have street named after him in San Francisco

Report: Blount, Giants have 'mutual interest'

Adrian Peterson confirms he will sign with Saints

LIKE WHAT YOU SEE?
GET THE DAILY NEWSLETTER:

The Warriors just trucked the Blazers with 8 threes, 45 points in the first quarter

Serena Williams fires back at Ilie Nastase’s racist comment about her child

Magic Johnson will represent the Lakers at NBA Draft Lottery

Red Sox pitcher Matt Barnes suspended, fined for throwing at Manny Machado

Jerry Jones happy Tony Romo isn’t playing for another NFL team

George told teammates he has dreamed of playing for Lakers?

Everything you need for the 2017 NFL Draft

Box Score 4/25: 'So long, sleeves'

Most inspirational sports movies, series and docs available for streaming

The 10 best sports docs available for streaming

NBA Weekend Awards: Who takes home the Wilt Chamberlain Trophy?

Where it went wrong: Stanley Cup Playoffs Round 1 exits

20 of the best NFL Draft red carpet looks

Getaway Day: Wild, wacky and weird week in MLB (and that's just the injuries)

11 names you need to know for the NFL Draft

The 'It's not good to play the King' quiz

Best of Yardbarker: David Fizdale and the Grizzlies won't go down quietly

Three Up, Three Down: Home run hitters are heating up

NBA News
Delivered to your inbox
You'll also receive Yardbarker's daily Top 10, featuring the best sports stories from around the web. Customize your newsletter to get articles on your favorite sports and teams. And the best part? It's free!

By clicking "Sign Me Up", you have read and agreed to the Fox Sports Digital Privacy Policy and Terms of Use. You can opt out at any time. For more information, please see our Privacy Policy.
the YARDBARKER app
Get it now!
Ios_download En_app_rgb_wo_45

Everything you need for the 2017 NFL Draft

The 10 best sports docs available for streaming

Most inspirational sports movies, series and docs available for streaming

NBA Weekend Awards: Who takes home the Wilt Chamberlain Trophy?

Where it went wrong: Stanley Cup Playoffs Round 1 exits

Getaway Day: Wild, wacky and weird week in MLB

11 names you need to know for the NFL Draft

The 'It's not good to play the King' quiz

Three Up, Three Down: Home run hitters are heating up

The 'Even the Browns can't mess this one up' quiz

Today's Best Stuff
For Publishers
Company Info
Help
Follow Yardbarker