Lou Williams returns to the court 10 months after ACL injury

Daniel Shirey-USA TODAY Sports

Lou Williams returned to action Friday night against the Philadelphia 76ers and finished with seven points in 16 minutes.

Lou Williams was back in an Atlanta Hawks uniform Friday night for the first time since suffering a knee injury 10 months ago.

Hawks head coach Mike Budenholzer told the media following shootaround on Friday that Williams would be active but wouldn't say whether or not he would play. He did say that if Lou got into the game he would have his minutes capped about 16.

Williams checked into the game for DeMarre Carroll with 4:23 remaining in the first. Williams converted on his first attempt with a driving layup about three minutes later. He'd go on to play exactly 16 minutes finishing with seven points on 3-8 shooting.

"I was more nervous before the game that when I actually stepped out onto the court," Williams said. "It felt good to be back out there with the guys, just grinding and trying to win a game and to be a part of it."

Williams looked healthy and as long as no complications arise, he should start to work himself back into game shape and into a bigger role with the team.

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