Hawks Nation breathed a collective sigh of relief late Thursday when an MRI revealed that the injury to Atlanta Hawks' forward Marvin Williams was just a bone bruise. While the Atlanta forward will sit out Friday's game against the lowly Minnesota Timberwolves, he could be ready in time for the Hawks' Sunday matchup against the Phoenix Suns.
The former North Carolina Tar Heel injured the knee after colliding with Detroit Pistons rookie Greg Monroe in Atlanta's 94-85 win on Wednesday. He is listed as day-to-day.
The Hawks forward has averaged 10.8 points and six rebounds per game for Atlanta, which is the Eastern Conference's lone undefeated team. However, Atlanta has been bitten by the injury bug this week and will be tested on Friday against the Timberwolves.
Reserve Maurice Evans will sit out on Friday with a knee injury. Reigning Sixth Man of the Year Jamal Crawford is a game-time decision with a turf toe injury. It will be interesting to see what roster permutation coach Larry Drew uses if Crawford is unable to play in Minneapolis.