--Marvin Williams was back on the practice floor Monday and made the trip with the team to Toronto for Tuesday's game.The practice work Monday was his first live work of any kind in a month. He injured his lower back late in a March 7 win over Detroit at Philips Arena and hasn't played or practiced since.
"Our training staff isn't going to allow me to do anything I shouldn't be doing," Williams said. "They know what's best. Obviously, I want to get back out there as soon as I can to help my team. And my back feels well."
But that doesn't mean Williams is going to return immediately. He's still listed as out indefinitely with that lower back injury; he's missed the Hawks' last 14 games.
But he's at least back to traveling.
That alone is a positive sign for Hawks coach Mike Woodson, who has leaned on his regulars for longer minutes to compensate for the absence of not only Williams but also reserve point guard Acie Law IV.
"I don't know when he's coming back but it was nice to see him back out there," Woodson said. "I didn't realize he was going to go through the shell part of practice. I was trying to get him off the floor but he said he needed to test it after doing all this rehab work on his own. He's not going to play (against the Raptors or Bucks), but we'll just have to see where he is in a few days and go from there."
--Hawks assistant coach Larry Drew has had plenty of shining moments in a storied playing and coaching career in college and the NBA.
But his basketball experience took a new twist Monday night in Detroit as he watched his son's North Carolina team knock off Michigan State for the NCAA title.
Drew was there at Ford Field, taking in all the sights and sounds associated with college basketball's biggest night.
"It was an absolute rush that is hard to describe," Drew said Tuesday afternoon before the Hawks and Raptors played at Air Canada Centre. "I'm so happy that Larry had a chance to experience that as a freshman. It gives him something to sink his teeth into going forward. But overall, it was just such an amazing thing to see in person.
"That building was just huge. And that crowd, with all those Michigan State fans, was unbelievable. It's one of those things you have to see with your own eyes to believe it."
Drew flew to Detroit Monday afternoon and made the game and then met the Hawks in Toronto Tuesday afternoon for the game against the Raptors.
--The Hawks added reserve point guard Acie Law IV to the active list after an eight-game absence.
Law sat out with a lower back injury. He hasn't seen the floor since playing just one minute in a March 19 win over Dallas.
QUOTE TO NOTE: "We don't want to back our way into anything. We want to earn it, man. That's the only way you feel good about what we've done this season." -- Hawks coach Mike Woodson, on his team's desire to go into the playoffs on a winning note with the fourth seed in the Eastern Conference standings.