--F Marvin Williams is running on an anti-gravity treadmill and has been pain free in all three of his running sessions.That doesn't mean he's going to come back anytime soon from a lower back injury that has cost him the past two and a half weeks, and could cost him the remainder of the Hawks' regular season. But it's progress.
"I feel a whole lot better," Williams said before the Hawks and Spurs played Wednesday at Philips Arena. "I've been running the past few days. And it just feels good to sweat, man. I have been pain free. And I've been going about 20 minutes in each session and really feeling good."
Williams said he remains hopeful about a possible return by the start of the Hawks' first round playoff series. But he's heeding the advice of Hawks head athletic trainer Wally Blase and assistant coach for player performance Pete Radulovic.
"Obviously, I'm pretty anxious to get back out there," he said. "But Wally and Pete know what this injury can be like and they are rightfully being cautious in how we proceed to make sure I don't do take any unnecessary chances that could cause a setback. But I am hoping to get back as soon as I can."
--G Mike Bibby was bloodied by a Matt Bonner elbow to the nose with 29.7 seconds to play in the first quarter. Bonner actually fouled Josh Smith on the play and swung his arm back and caught Bibby across the face on the same play. Bibby needed four stitches to close up a gash on his forehead before returning to the game with 6:53 to play before halftime.
QUOTE TO NOTE: "A true test is how you stack up against the best in the league, and we get another shot Friday and Sunday." -- Swingman Mo Evans, on the opportunity that awaits this weekend, when Atlanta hosts Boston Friday and the Lakers Sunday.