Marvin Williams is 21 games into this NBA season and he's still trying to find his groove. He's had fantastic offensive games, but more often than not, he's been a shadow. He had 29 points in a win over Houston where he knocked down 13 of his 19 shots from the floor. But he's also had four games where he's scored four or fewer points.
He's been good on defense and even had a career-high 15 rebounds in a win over Dallas Saturday. But mostly he's been inconsistent on both ends of the floor.
"There's been no balance," Williams said. "I've either been way up here or way down here."
A prime example was his work in that win in Dallas. On the same night he snags all those rebounds he was just 1-for-7 from the floor.
He's playing aggressively, which is exactly what Williams and Hawks coach Mike Woodson want. He's just not playing well as consistently as the Hawks need him to.
"I've been so inconsistent. It's tough," Williams said. "However, the one thing about me is that I can affect the game in ways other than just scoring."
He has to find other ways to be effective for a Hawks' team loaded with other scoring options, including sixth man Jamal Crawford.
"Marvin is a big part of what we're doing," Woodson said. "His time will come. Right now we need him to keep doing what he's doing and just don't panic. He'll find his rhythm out there."
HAWKS 118, BULLS 83: Toying with yet another inferior opponent, the Hawks used a Wednesday night national television platform to destroy the Chicago Bulls.
Jamal Crawford led the charge with a season-high 29 points off the bench. But it was the Hawks' relentless... well, everything that overwhelmed the visitors from the Windy City.
They were up 14 points at halftime and used a 20-4 run to start the third quarter to blow the game wide open.
The Hawks scored 146 points in a win over Toronto last Wednesday and looked as if they were trying to match that against the undermanned Bulls. But it never happened.
Crawford did finish with a season-high 29 points, though, as the Hawks improved to 15-6, their best record after 21 games in 12 years.
"We're coming on," Josh Smith said. "I think you can see it pretty clearly now."
Every player on the roster that suited up against the Bulls played and scored.
"It was a great team effort," Hawks coach Mike Woodson said. "We came out and took care of business from the beginning to end. Everybody got a chance to play."
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