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News » Atlanta Hawks Notes, Quotes 2008-11-20


Atlanta Hawks Notes, Quotes 2008-11-20


Atlanta Hawks Notes, Quotes 2008-11-20
--The high ankle sprain that has kept F Josh Smith out since Nov.

7 is improving but not to the point where he could return at the

two-week mark, which is Friday. It was originally considered a

best-case scenario -- that he might return in two to four weeks.

"He'll still be another four or five games probably," Hawks coach

Mike Woodson said.

Smith, who's out of his walking boot, has been walking on the

treadmill for several days and hopes to take it up to running Thursday.

"I want it to be two, three games (before a return), but I'm not

going to risk injuring it again and being out longer, because it's

definitely boring," Smith said. "It's hard to see my teammates out

there playing and I'm not able to contribute."

--C Al Horford gave his sprained ankle a try before Wednesday

night's game against Washington, but it was a short one. He was back

in the locker room within minutes and sat out the game. He'll sit out

practice Thursday and likely give it another try for Friday's game

against Charlotte.

Horford thought when he injured his ankle in the first quarter in

Indiana on Tuesday night he might have a chance to play versus the

Wizards. But after morning and afternoon rounds of treatment, it

wasn't ready.

"If I can't go to the level that I try to play every night, I'm

not going to go because I don't feel like I'll be helping the team or

myself either," Horford said before testing his ankle. "I want to be

out there, being productive, not limping around."

Zaza Pachulia started at center, and Marvin Williams was moved to

power forward. Mo Evans got his third start of the season in Williams'

usual small forward spot.

QUOTE TO NOTE: "The objective was to win. I don't care what it

looked like or what anybody else thinks of it. We just needed to get a

win." -- G Mike Bibby, on the Hawks snapping their losing skid at four

games with a win over Washington.


Author: Fox Sports
Author's Website: http://www.foxsports.com
Added: November 20, 2008

 

 
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