Clippers' Hawes 'encouraged' by progress of bruised knee

Clippers' Hawes 'encouraged' by progress of bruised knee

Published Dec. 17, 2014 10:10 p.m. ET

Clippers reserve center Spencer Hawes is out for tonight's game against the Pacers but not out for the season.

Earlier in the day on "First Take," it was reported that Hawes might be out for the season.

"No, no, no, that's not the case," Hawes said before Wednesday's game.

Hawes has a bruised left knee bone, and there is no timetable yet for his return.


"Stuff like that seems like it always happens, I wasn't too worried about it," Hawes said. "... I don't know where it came from but they got the source wrong."

He got a call from his financial advisor checking in to make sure he was still O.K.  

Hawes, a reserve center signed by the Clippers in the offseason, is averaging 6.3 points per game and 4.3 rebounds.

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The injury didn't keep Hawes from participating in a charitable event he deemed Hawes-a-Claus on Tuesday.  Hawes dressed up as Santa Claus and gave toys to children of military families at a Toys R Us in Culver City.

He said he's encouraged because he's walking around without a limp now. This will be the third consecutive game he's missed.

"It's progressing and going in the right direction, that's what I'm most encouraged by," Hawes said. "The range of motion is better. The pain is going down. It's responding to everything we've done treatment-wise and what we've done to kind of test it out."