Wednesday , Mar , 22 , 2006 C.Y. Ellis

Hawks continue losing ways

(Sports Network) – The Atlanta Hawks have been playing for next season over
the past few weeks and one of their players for the future now will have to
wait and watch before getting better.

Rookie point guard Salim Stoudamire could miss the rest of his first year in
the NBA with a sprained right elbow. The Arizona product injured the elbow
while battling through a screen during Sunday’s win over Orlando.

According to the Atlanta Journal-Constitution, Hawks athletics trainer Wally
Blase noted that an MRI revealed a significant sprain to the ulnar collateral
ligament.

In 61 games this season, Stoudamire is averaging 9.7 points and 1.2 assists in
20.3 minutes. Stoudamire, who was selected with the 31st overall pick in last
year’s NBA Draft, had a season-high 30 points against the Hornets in November.

The Hawks, meanwhile, have lost five of their last six games and will try for
a win in Philadelphia on Wednesday night.

Atlanta is also expected to get rookie Marvin Williams back in the lineup
against the 76ers. Williams, who missed Monday’s loss to Detroit due to a
family matter, is averaging 7.5 points and 4.7 boards in 63 games.

Atlanta is 21-44 on the season.

ATL