Hawks vs 76ers: Game Preview – Lou Williams Returns to Philly

Dec 28, 2013; Atlanta, GA, USA; Atlanta Hawks shooting guard Lou Williams (3) in action against the Charlotte Bobcats during the fourth quarter at Philips Arena. Mandatory Credit: Kevin Liles-USA TODAY Sports

The Atlanta Hawks are in Philadelphia to square off with the 76ers, and they may or may not have Jeff Teague at their disposal tonight as he will be a “game-time decision” due to a sprained left ankle, reports Chris Vivlamore of the AJC.

Teague made the trip to Philly after missing the previous two road games. According to Viv, the Hawks’ floor general “was at shootaround Friday morning but he will be re-evaluated before the game.”

To read the full story on Teague’s status click here.

Now, focusing more on tonight’s Eastern Conference showdown between the Hawks and 76ers is another underlying story: Lou Williams returns to the city where he started his NBA career.

Williams was drafted out of high school by Philadelphia in 2005 and spent his first seven professional years in the City of Brotherly Love. “I had my first child here (in Philadelphia), I basically grew up here. Got here when I was a 17 or 18 year old kid and left when I was 25,” Willams said in an interview.

The Hawks have the fourth-best record in the East at 23-20, while the 76ers have the fourth-worst record in the East at 15-31.

Atlanta is coming off a tough 111-109 road loss to the sizzling Oklahoma City Thunder on Monday. Kevin Durant was at it once again, putting the Thunder on his back and carrying them to victory by hitting a game-winning jumper with 1.5 seconds left. Mike Scott went to help DeMarre Carroll double Durant in the final seconds, but the two Hawks players didn’t communicate and KD beat the double team and hit the shot to win the game.

The Hawks were supposed to host the Detroit Pistons on Wednesday but severe weather conditions in metro Atlanta forced the NBA to postpone the game.

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Topics: Atlanta Hawks, Jeff Teague, Lou Williams

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