It turns out Lou Williams will in fact miss tonight’s home game as the Atlanta Hawks host former coach Larry Drew and the Milwaukee Bucks.
Williams is out for personal reasons. He was absent from practice yesterday and today.
According to Hawks beat writer Chris Vivlamore of the AJC, coach Mike Budenholzer said the reason why Lou missed shootaround today was for ”exciting family news.”
The news is most likely the expected birth of a child.
Williams, a lethal scorer who can play either guard position, has apparently fallen out of the Hawks’ rotation as he hasn’t logged any minutes in the past three games, despite being healthy.
He played 32 minutes in a loss at Boston on Feb. 26, which was the team’s first game of a six-game road trip, and 25 minutes the following game at Phoenix, but only got five minutes at Portland last Wednesday and then none at all in the final three games of the road trip at Golden State, Los Angeles (Clippers), and Utah.
Williams finished with 13 points on 5-of-13 shooting along with four assists and three rebounds against the Celtics and followed that up with a 15-point performance versus the Suns, which was his season-high seventh straight game in double-figures.
Following the Golden State game on Friday, Budenholzer talked about his reasoning for not playing Williams to the Atlanta Journal-Constitution:
“All year we’ve been working on different groups that can help us,” Budenholzer said. “Lou has done a ton of good things and he has helped us through the year. Tonight, we gave some other guys some minutes and some opportunities. Playing a little bit bigger is important to us. But Lou has been very good for us all year. It’s one of the hardest parts about coaching. You can’t play everybody.”
Hopefully Lou gets back in the rotation soon.