Marvin Williams tried his hand at the hero role once last week and had to watch Paul Pierce foil his effort with a game-winning shot in a
loss in Boston.
Credit Williams for being persistent. With Josh Smith and Al
Horford sidelined with injuries, Williams has stepped his game up,
like he did with the go-ahead three-pointer with 26 seconds to play in
a win over Washington Wednesday night.
"He was huge (Wednesday night)," Hawks coach Mike Woodson said.
"To have to defend (Antawn) Jamison and still to be able to score 21
points and get 14 rebounds, that's a man's night."
The Hawks will need another "man's night" out of Williams Friday
night against Charlotte, when they'll likely have to play a second
straight game without their two young studs.
That leaves the heavy lifting to Williams and veterans Joe Johnson
and Mike Bibby, whose 25 points against the Wizards led the way for
the weary Hawks. And since William can swing from small forward to
power forward and even to shooting guard if necessary, his
contributions going forward will be as crucial as ever.
"Whatever my team needs from me I'm there," Williams said. "This
is a tough time for us right now, so we all have to do what we can to
help get the job done. I'm doing my part."
It's been a long time coming for the No. 2 pick in the 2005 draft.
Williams has taken his lumps over the years for not being the
superstar some wanted him to be. But he's showing signs in this, his
fourth season, of finally turning the corner from project to big-time
"Marvin's going to get there, man," said Bibby, himself a former
No. 2 pick. "It doesn't happen overnight for everybody. But he's on
point for us right now and that's all you can ask for."
HAWKS 91, WIZARDS 87: Life does go on for the Hawks without both
Josh Smith and Al Horford. Some folks were wondering if that was so,
including some inside the Hawks' locker room.
But there's more to this Hawks' bunch than they've shown in the
past week, when they suffered through four straight losses after a
mercurial 6-0 start. With their two best inside players out with
injury, the Hawks got a huge boost from both Marvin Williams and Zaza
Pachulia in a 91-87 comeback win over Washington Wednesday night at
Williams finished the Wizards off with a three-pointer from the
corner with 10.3 seconds to play, his late-game heroics capping a
21-point, 14-rebound night. Pachulia toted the load inside, grabbing a
season-high 18 rebounds in a yeoman's effort against the Wizards'
"When Al is out there, he's always grabbing rebounds," Williams
said. "Somebody has to do it. I guess it was me and Zaza's time."
It was a much-needed effort from a group of players that have to
hold things down until at least after Thanksgiving, when the Hawks
expect to be back to full strength.
Mike Bibby led the Hawks with 25 points, including 15 in the third quarter.
"We didn't give up when we were down by four with a minute left,"
Joe Johnson, who had 19 points, eight assists and eight rebounds,
answered with a three-pointer for Atlanta with 57 seconds left to cut
the lead to a point.
"They made some big-time shots," Washington coach Eddie Jordan
said. "They played some pretty good defense down the stretch. Give
them credit. Their defense did the job."