Thursday, February 11, 2016

The return of Lou Williams for postseason? Still up in air

Sixers guard Lou Williams, sidelined with a strained hamstring suffered last Saturday, took some shots today and says he is still, well, not sure of his return.

The return of Lou Williams for postseason? Still up in air

Will Lou Williams be back for the postseason? (Steven M. Falk/Staff Photographer)
Will Lou Williams be back for the postseason? (Steven M. Falk/Staff Photographer)

Following the Sixers shootaround Friday morning at the Wells Fargo Center, the players made their way to the locker room to get dressed and head home. One player, however, was going against the traffic, instead heading out to the court to do some shooting.

Guard Lou Williams, who is nursing a strained right hamstring that he injured last Saturday in Milwaukee, went out to the court with trainer Kevin Johnson at his side, just to see where the hamstring is right now. Williams stayed on the court between five and ten minutes, shooting some stand-still shots.

"I feel like it's coming along well," he said afterwards. "I just finished some light shooting just to be able to see if I would be able to move my legs. I was able to get some shots up, pain free. There's still some bumps in the road ahead, but I'm feeling good about it."

Williams has missed the past two games, both losses, and is ruled out for the reamining games of the regular season. Whether or not he'll be able to heal enough to get back on the court for the first round of the playoffs, which will start next Saturday or Sunday, is anyone's guess.

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"Hopefully I can come back for the playoffs," he said. "They've already ruled me out for the remainder (of the season), but hopefully I can come back for the playoffs."

Williams, who is averaging 13.7 points and is a strong candidate along with teammated Thaddeus Young for Sixth Man of the Year honors, has been vigorously treating the injury to try and hasten his return.

"Everything under the sun," he said when asked what he was doing for treatment. "I've lifted more weights this week than I have this year, a lot of massage therapy, a lot of stim (stimulation) exercises, stretching. A lot of different things."

Williams was asked if he had to try and come back now, could he.

"I wouldn't even chance it, especially with a hamstring," he said. "I would prefer to take that break between those three and four days before the playoffs start. This is wishful thinking. (I want to) take those three or four days and try to get my legs back and try to be prepared to help us out a little bit. (I'm looking to be back) the first playoff game. But that's me being optimistic. We'll see what happens."


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