The AJC's Michael Cunningham tweets that the Hawks forward did not travel with the team ahead of its New Year's Eve matchup against the Oklahoma City Thunder. He is was left back in Atlanta getting treatment and an MRI on his sore back. Williams crashed to the Philips Arena floor trying to intercept a pass in the third quarter in Atlanta's 103-93 win over the Golden State Warriors on Wednesday. He was diagnosed with a back bruise.
Williams, a 2005 first round pick, has appeared in 30 games for the Hawks thus far this year and is averaging 11 points and 4.8 rebounds per game as a combination as a starter and the sixth or seventh man off of Atlanta's bench.