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Lou Williams Cleared for Full-Contact Practice

Atlanta Hawks much-missed combo guard Lou Williams has been cleared for full-contact practice and could return to the lineup soon, reports Chris Vivlamore of the Atlanta Journal-Constitution.

Williams has been recovering from a torn right ACL he suffered in January of last season during a game in Brooklyn.

According to Viv, head coach Mike Budenholzer said Tuesday that Williams participated in full-contact drills, and says today that he has been medically cleared and is working to get in game shape.

“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.”

This is very encouraging news, however, Budenholzer gave no indication as to when Williams may play his first game.

“He is feeling fine today,” Budenholzer said. “We’ll continue to monitor him. He is getting closer.”

Williams was seen with the Hawks during this morning’s shootaround, but will not suit up against New York. Vivlamore says the team will work him out in the evening and then will monitor how he responds.

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