Posted by Royce Young
Atlanta head coach Larry Drew said starting small forward Marvin Williams may be out as much as two weeks because of a knee bruise he sustained last Wednesday against the Pistons, reports the Atlanta Journal-Constitution.
Williams will be examined this week to get an official timetable and diagnosis.
So with Williams out and forward Mo Evans also out with a knee, the Hawks don't really have a small forward left to play. The likely plan in to start Josh Smith at small forward (fun!) and move Al Horford to the 4 and Jason Collins in to start at center. There's also the potential to start Jamal Crawford and have Joe Johnson play small forward.
Smith has played small forward a bit in the past and his main issue is since he'll be more on the perimeter, is that he'll take bad, low percentage shots. Smith made big improvements last season in his shot selection but putting him at the 3 is kind of like dangling a donut in front of a fat kid.
As far as when Williams could return, it's a bit up in the air. "After the first week, it will be about how much he can tolerate the pain," Drew told the paper.