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News » Atlanta Hawks Getting Inside 2009-01-05

Atlanta Hawks Getting Inside 2009-01-05

Atlanta Hawks Getting Inside 2009-01-05
Saturday night's Hawks-Rockets game at Philips Arena was highlighted more by who did not play than who did.

The Hawks played without starting small forward Marvin Williams, who sat out the game with a left shoulder strain.

The Rockets, meanwhile, went without All-Star Tracy McGrady (left knee) as well as Ron Artest (right ankle) and Shane Battier (left foot).

Hawks coach Mike Woodson inserted Mo Evans into the starting lineup in place of Williams, whose status is listed as day-to-day.

Williams said he is scheduled to get an MRI on his shoulder Monday and see how things progress from there.

"I hurt it in practice, the last full practice we had (before the New Year)," Williams said before the game. "I wore a sleeve on it in the first half in (New) Jersey (on Friday night), and then when I got up this morning I could barely lift my arm up, so I don't know what the deal is."

The Hawks don't play again until Wednesday's home game against Orlando, giving them several days to figure out a plan if Williams has to miss more time.

But the prospect of playing without a starter doesn't sit well with the Hawks. Not after having lived for 12 games (they went 6-6) without Josh Smith while he recovered from a high ankle sprain.

"Unfortunately that's just a part of the deal," Woodson said. "We'll have to see where Marvin is (Monday) and just go from there. But we need all of our guys as healthy as can be to play to our potential. So we have to hope he's able to get back as soon as possible."

HAWKS 103, ROCKETS 100: Mike Bibby will take the shot if it comes to him every time.

He doesn't have to have it, but if the ball comes his way he won't hesitate, the way he didn't Saturday night at Philips Arena, drilling a 28-footer with 1.5 seconds to play off a perfect feed from Joe Johnson to lift the Hawks to a win over Houston.

The Hawks extended their home winning streak to six games.

Bibby walked off the floor at Izod Center 24 hours earlier on the other side of that equation, he and the Hawks the victims of Vince Carter's 33-footer that snapped Atlanta's overall winning streak at six games in a 93-91 overtime loss to the Nets.

That made his game-winner Saturday that much sweeter.

"You play so many games, it's bound to happen anytime. But a win's a win, no matter how it comes," a straight-faced Bibby said from his locker stall after the game. "The idea is to win the game."

But he was dancing down the floor after his shot, getting in his signature trot before he was mobbed by his teammates.

"You don't want to lose two in a row," Bibby said, declining to explain the dance. "We toughed it out and got the energy we needed at the end of the game."

And the Hawks (22-11) got the shot they were looking for at the end.

"It was a good pass," Bibby said. "I was going to shoot it anyway. I told myself if I caught it I was going to shoot it. And there was enough space to get a good shot up."

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