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Al Horford's Status For Tonight's Game Uncertain, Marvin Williams Closer To Returning

Al Horford's status for Friday night's game against the New Orleans Hornets is up in the air due to the ankle injury that he aggravated in Tuesday's win over Miami. Michael Cunningham, who was at practice today, asked Horford about his injury. 

"It is still kind of up in the air," he said. "I’m just going to get a lot of treatment and see how it feels tomorrow at shootaround. Kind of taking it day-by-day."

To date Horford has played in all of the Hawks 43 games this season joining only Josh Smith and Mike Bibby as the only other players that haven't missed a game. Cunningham also reports that if Horford isn't available it will force Larry Drew to use his sixth different starting lineup this season. Another tidbit from MC is that Atlanta has only had its normal starters available for 19 of the 43 games played this season. That is a sharp contrast over last season when the team suffered little to no injuries. 

The news on Marvin Williams is that he is improving but his return date is still not certain. Williams practiced on Thursday for the first time since suffering the injury but was only able to do so because the Hawks were only doing drill work which is all non contact. Williams still has not been cleared for contact. It sounds like the Hawks and coach Larry Drew have waited this long so they don't want to rush Marvin back and risk re-injury.

"With the back, it may still be a little weak," Drew said. "I don’t think there is any pain or discomfort, but it’s something we want to take our time with. We want to make sure he is as close to 100 percent as possible. We will see how he is tomorrow."

Marvin is slated to test the back again today but again there are no indications as of yet when he might return.