Hawks guard Lou Williams will miss the rest of the 2012-13 season after being diagnosed with a torn right anterior cruciate ligament. He will have surgery within the next week to repair the knee ligament, but will not return to the Hawks this year.
Williams was having a great year so far, averaging 14.1 points, 3.6 assists, and 1.1 steals per game during 29 minutes of action - coming off the bench in all but nine games so far this year. He was also shooting a blistering 37% from three-point range, a component the Hawks will surely miss the rest of this year.
Hawks GM Danny Ferry was noticeably down in his summation:
"We are extremely disappointed for Lou and our thoughts and support will be with him during his recovery...he has been a complete professional in every sense of the word and know that approach, along with his work ethic, will serve him well in his rehabilitation."
To at least try to fill the gap, the Hawks have re-signed guard Jannero Pargo to a 10-day contract. Pargo was with the Hawks last season, playing in 50 of 66 games and averaging 5.6 points, 1.9 assists and 1.5 rebounds. He shot 38% from deep last year, and 95% from the free-throw line. Pargo did play in seven games this year with Washington, but was waived.
Pargo was able to join the team and suit up in time for the Hawks' 104-96 victory today against Minnesota at Philips Arena. Pargo put up 16 points, and made four of five from deep as he did his best to fill Williams' shoes in the offense. Pargo also had four assists and zero turnovers.
The Hawks will travel to Charlotte to face the Bobcats Wednesday night.