--F Marvin Williams saw specialists at Duke University about the lower back injury that could sideline him for the rest of the season. But there was no update on his condition before the Hawks faced Utah at Philips Arena Wednesday night.As far as replacements go for Williams, however long he is out, Woodson said they would come from within. Veteran swingman Mo Evans started in place of Williams for the second straight game. Woodson dismissed any talk of the Hawks scouring the free agent ranks for a replacement if Williams does have to miss the remainder of the season.
"What you see is what you get," he said. "And that hasn't been all bad lately. I thought our guys off the bench were great against New Orleans (Monday night). We're going to go to the guys and get whatever we need from them every night."
Flip Murray is a mainstay off the bench. Acie Law IV and Solomon Jones did the job against the Hornets. But it was Mario West who proved to be the energizer off the bench the Hawks needed Wednesday.
West played a season-high 14 minutes in the first half alone. And his first quarter was the jolt the Hawks needed. He was all over the place on both ends of the floor. He had a tip dunk, three rebounds, an assist and a block in his first four-and- a-half minutes of non-stop action. He finished the first half with four rebounds, three points, three assists, one steal and that block.
--The Hawks are getting everything they can out of guys during such a crucial stretch of the season. Josh Smith is playing on a left ankle he sprained against the Hornets, the same left ankle that cost him 12 games earlier this season.
"We've all got to tough it out right now," Smith said before Wednesday's game, showing off his taped ankles, the left much bigger than the right from the swelling. "With what Marvin is dealing with, if the rest of us can walk in here and play, we've got to do it."
QUOTE TO NOTE: "Atlanta played hard, but when you give up 55 points in the first half, that's giveaway basketball. And that's too tough on the road." -- Jazz coach Jerry Sloan on his team's streak being snapped at 12 games.