The Hawks' deflating three-game Western Conference road trip took a frightening turn late Friday night at Oakland when starting small forward Marvin Williams took a nasty fall and banged his head on the court during the Hawks' 119-114 loss to Golden State.Williams was taken to a Bay Area hospital and was held overnight for observation. He was released Saturday and is listed as day-to-day.
Williams was fouled hard by Golden State's Ronny Turiaf and fell to the floor, banging his head at the end of the fall. Turiaf fouled him as he went up for a short jumper. He made one of two free throws and tried to stay in the game before wobbling off a few seconds later.
"Marvin's a big part of what we're doing," Hawks coach Mike Woodson said. "Right now he's still being evaluated for a head injury. We just wish him well and a speedy recovery. We don't even know if he's going to make the trip back, so we'll just have to see."
Williams is the second Hawks starter to go down with an injury in the last eight days. Starting center Al Horford suffered a bone bruise in his right knee in a loss to Orlando last Friday.
Making matters even worse is that the Hawks are losers of five of their last six games, starting the New Year on a slide that didn't exist before the Christmas, when the Hawks roared to a 22-win start, the best the franchise had seen in more than a decade.
Williams had five points and six rebounds in the 13 minutes he played before leaving the game. But there's no word yet on when he'll return to Atlanta, let alone whether or not he'll be ready for Monday's game against Toronto in Philips Arena.
WARRIORS 119, HAWKS 114: Either way you a swing it, a 1-2 record on a Western Conference road trip has to be considered a failure.
For the Hawks, Friday's 119-114 loss to Golden State at Oracle Arena, was simply the latest hit in a string of on-court failures. The Hawks have lost five of their six games to start 2009. And they're treading dangerously into the territory they worked so hard to avoid earlier this season.
Not even a late-game comeback Friday was enough to subdue an also-ran like the Warriors -- have the Hawks come to this now, losing on the road to the lowly Warriors after starting the season with wins over the likes of Orlando and New Orleans on the road?
Mike Bibby drained back-to-back 3-pointers as the Hawks trimmed a 12-point deficit to just four with 3:24 to play. But Jamal Crawford stroked back-to-back jumpers to keep the Hawks (23-16) down.
"It was a game that we really needed but we let it slip away," Bibby said. "We finally got over the hump but we gave up two layups after that and it went back to where it was."