(Update: Mo will play limited minutes against Jazz. Marvin is out)
Mo Evans and Marvin Williams both practiced today and said they could play against Utah Friday.
Mo (knee) hasn’t played since the season opener.
“I think it went pretty good,” Mo said. “We are definitely not 100 percent but I think we can be effective and help plug some holes.”
Marvin (knee), out since the leaving the Detroit game, sounded optimistic about his chances to return tomorrow.
“I’m doing better,” he said. “I’m not hobbling around too much. It still hurts, but I’m pretty excited. As long as nothing happens tonight, I will try to give it a go tomorrow depending on how it feels.”
L.D. has struggled to patch together a workable rotation with his only two small forwards out. The Hawks got by when facing the softer part of their schedule but Phoenix, Orlando and Milwaukee exposed Atlanta’s issues matching up against deeper opponents without Williams and Evans.
“It’s tough to watch, especially yesterday knowing the players have been exhausted playing a lot of games,” Mo said.
“It’s frustrating,” Marvin said. “You look at Phoenix and Orlando, I really felt like I could have helped and Mo felt the same way. But I’ve got to get healthy. I’m looking at the bigger picture. I think everyone understands that. Hopefully I can get back as soon as I can
Pape Sy (back) has been increasing his workload lately. L.D. said he participated in some contact portions of today’s practice.
Previously Sy has had to dial it back a couple times after it looked like he was making progress but L.D. is hopeful he’s on track to finally be cleared to practice with no restrictions.
“I think he’s pretty comfortable with it,” L.D. said.