Hawks’ Williams suspended two games for punch

Hawks forward Marvin Williams has been suspended for two games without pay, starting with Saturday night’s game against the Dallas Mavericks. Williams was suspended for his involvement in a fight in the Hawks’ Friday night game against the New York Knicks. With less than a minute to play in the 111-102 win, Williams pushed and threw a punch at the Knicks’ Shawne Williams, earning him an immediate ejection. The Knicks’ Shawne Williams was also ejected and suspended for one game.

NBA rules dictate that any player who throws a punch will be ejected, suspended for at least one game and fined. The amount of Williams’ fine was not available. Williams will also miss Thursday’s home game against Toronto and be eligible to return for the Saturday home game against the Los Angeles Clippers.

Williams made the trip with the team to Dallas, but will not be allowed in the arena for the game. It will be the 16th game that Williams has missed out of the Hawks’ 47 games thus far this season.

The Hawks could use Williams against Dallas, which is 30-15 and has won its past three games.

- Ken Sugiura, Hawks writer

49 comments Add your comment

count_schemula

January 29th, 2011
3:02 pm

Finally getting something for that draft pick. Chris Paul may punch a crotch in the pile, but Marvin airs it out like a man!

Grandad

January 29th, 2011
3:03 pm

S.Williams threw 2 punches = 1 game??? hmmmmmmm???

It was not a bad pick

January 29th, 2011
3:04 pm

Marvin played a solid game last night..When he returns, he should continue…

KevinM

January 29th, 2011
3:05 pm

Penalty justified for Marvin….another excuse not to be on the court.

Bird

January 29th, 2011
3:06 pm

Im still pissed at how Marvin pushed LD.

drmaryb (*_*)

January 29th, 2011
3:08 pm

Grand-Daddy

I told them last night that fight was worth 1- 2 games. All, the knuckle heads were screaming for 6, 8, 9 games. What planets to they live on?

The Bad Girls Club have more fight in them and they fight hard and dirty.
That, was a cat fight out there, a 2 gamer for the winner sounds about right.
I guess Marvin is really pissed about warming his buns on the bench.

Oh Well, whatever.

Booo!

January 29th, 2011
3:13 pm

Shawne Williams CLEARLY Connected with the left punch!

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MjLY-kc1DYQ

Booo!

January 29th, 2011
3:14 pm

CLEARLY Amare has never seen Horford in action before last night. This is not the Sissy Western Confrence!

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=F8iqxmKCmLc

Booo!

January 29th, 2011
3:16 pm

Forget LD! He deserved to be Shoved! o_0

Free Jeef Teague!

Free Jordan Crawford!

Free Pape Sy!

Free Josh Powell!

Trade Mike Bibby!

Trade Mo Evans!

Free Jason Collins!

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BBOBB

January 29th, 2011
3:30 pm

talk about knuckleheads – notice the j smith crotch grab and prance down the sideline after a basket. just like the mental midget we thought he is.

Najeh Davenpoop

January 29th, 2011
3:31 pm

The Hawks have proven they can win without Marvin, so this is no major loss as far as I’m concerned. Regardless of who is healthy and who isn’t, the formula for the Hawks stays the same. Post up Smoove or Joe in the low post or set up Al with mid range shots and opportunities to drive on slower defenders, and the Hawks will win. Get away from those strategies, and they will lose.

I am a little surprised that it’s only two games, but I have given up on trying to understand the NBA’s rationale for handing out punishments a long time ago. To me, KG’s love tap on Channing Frye yesterday is a much more punishable offense than anything the Hawks or Knicks did yesterday, but I’d be really surprised if KG got suspended for it.

Michael

January 29th, 2011
3:41 pm

Down Goes Frazier!

Joey M

January 29th, 2011
3:51 pm

This incident should be in Websters Dictionary under “Double Edged Sword”. No, we as a civilized society that places importance on athletes cannot justify their actions when they turn violent. That being said, man it was nice to see them have a burning desire to beat the other team. That’s the difference between Playoff teams and Championship teams. The Celtics of old. They wanted to humiliate you. The Bulls of old. Same thing. The Lakers of yesterday and today. They don’t want to just beat you. They want to demoralize you in every facet of the game. They won games before they played. They won games between the ears of the opposing players. Remember when the Bulls were winning all the time? They had the scorers, yes. But they also had a Rodman. A player that would do anything he could to get inside your head. And once he was there, it was over. The Hawks have the potential to be a “Bulls-Lite”. We don’t have Jordan and Pippen. But we do have Smith, Johnson, and Crawford. We don’t have Rodman, but apparently we have Marvin Williams. If we can get into some teams heads, we can go on a serious roll.

drmaryb (*_*)

January 29th, 2011
4:41 pm

Amare Stoudemire (F/C) – New York Knicks

(Sat, Jan 29 – 1:12pm ET)

Amare Stoudemire (sprained right knee) is questionable for Sunday’s game vs. the Pistons.
We have have more substantive information following Sunday’s shootaround, so check back for the latest. If he misses any time, Ronny Turiaf and Timofey Mozgov figure to share minutes at center.
Source: Frank Isola on Twitter

drmaryb (*_*)

January 29th, 2011
4:45 pm

I guess that grown man’s block on Amare by Al, must have put some pressure and water on the knee. I guess Al is just THAT type of player – hugh?

RA

January 29th, 2011
4:46 pm

Well, I think that all of the Hawks were pretty angry because for the biggest part of the 4rth qtr, you would ahve thought that Phillips Arena was Madison Square Garden… I think whatever happened was just the final straw that set Marvin W. off. But I DON’T think that he’s that type of a player, or a person.

Mainline

January 29th, 2011
4:48 pm

No big deal—with all his millions, 2 games is pocket change. He’ll spend that time at the clubs with his favorite ladies. Maybe they can buy him drinks.

slimjr

January 29th, 2011
4:53 pm

“Im still pissed at how Marvin pushed LD.”

Marvin pushed the coach about 10 feet. Darn near knocked him on his azz!!!! Funny…………….

Joey M

January 29th, 2011
4:55 pm

I’ve noticed that fans in Atlanta when it comes to basketball seem to have no allegiance to the Hawks. They are just a bunch of brain dead zombies that only see one player. Ooooh Labron. Ooooh Kobe. The people that go to Hawks games have no redeeming qualities in my eyes. It’s just a bunch of idiots with an IQ just high enough to sustain life that go to the games. SUPPORT THE HAWKS ALREADY!!!!

slimjr

January 29th, 2011
4:56 pm

“Finally getting something for that draft pick. Chris Paul may punch a crotch in the pile, but Marvin airs it out like a man!”
Get em Marvin…………………Yawn…………….
!LOL!

slimjr

January 29th, 2011
4:58 pm

We play to win the Game!! In the Hawks case just show up…………………

slimjr

January 29th, 2011
5:04 pm

You Guys notice in hockey the refs just stand there and let these professionals beat themselves to a pulp…Just crazy..Basketball and football you just give a funny look and the commissioners want your 1st born…ITS SO blatantly in your face bull s**t…But we already know the answer? Don’t we?

JJ for President……

Ken Sugiura

January 29th, 2011
5:04 pm

Marvin pushing Drew is worth asking him about. Not that it excuses it, but I imagine he was running so hot he really didn’t realize what he was doing.
This is not germane to the conversation, but, while I appreciate the youtube clip, what motivates someone to film his television and then post it on youtube? i guess there’s satisfaction in getting all those hits?
an aspiring director, perhaps.

slimjr

January 29th, 2011
5:17 pm

Tonight will be like a playoff game on the road.. Which team is going to show up? Stay tuned…….

Sund= your on the clock now.So what cha gonna do??The deadline is approaching……TIC TOC……

Worldwide Clyde

January 29th, 2011
5:28 pm

When do the playoffs start?

wxwax

January 29th, 2011
5:37 pm

Well, posting the clip allowed me to see something I’d otherwise have missed. So I can tolerate shaky cam.

Not so casual observer

January 29th, 2011
5:48 pm

They looked like 2 high school girls fighting – throw a “punch” and back up.

Pathetic, and the “punches” would not have hurt anyone if landed, just wild swinging of the arms for the most part. Those two could fight for an hour without pain or drawing blood – no leverage and no skill.

Ken Sugiura

January 29th, 2011
5:54 pm

nice work, wxwax – “shaky cam”

niremetal

January 29th, 2011
6:14 pm

Freshfromatl

January 29th, 2011
6:22 pm

I’m actually ashamed of most of these so-called Atlanta sports fans. These people deserve every “fair-weather” title they get.

terrell

January 29th, 2011
6:24 pm

Dont think Marvin realized it as LD. Btw, I’d pay big $ to see Marvin and Shawne go a couple of rounds. Wonder how many times Marvin would fall?

bigeasy830

January 29th, 2011
6:24 pm

Finally, Marvin showed some fire, He has, as Bruno would put it, “Uber Talent”, he just have to play with some passion, the we Hawks fan will be saying, “Chris Paul who, Deron Williams what”. Play with some fire young man. Marvin Williams told that player from the Knicks just before he hit him, Tell me Charlie Murphy what did the 5 fingers say to the side of the face “SLAP”, hahahahaha, DARKNESS EVERYBODY DARKNESS. The Knicks player kep saying, I’m not Charlie Murphy put it did get dark in here really quick. HAHAHAHAHAH

GOOOOOOOO HAWKS

Teedub

January 29th, 2011
7:06 pm

Hate to see Marvin lose his cool, but loved seeing some fire in the ole belly!! Go Hawks!

brigadierjerry

January 29th, 2011
7:16 pm

northclyde as well as others have made a good point regarding fans to the hawks. I have always wondered why some hawks fans are fickle and dont always show up for the games. It is really about putting a good product out there. Of course they arent going to sin the championship but for the/ past few years they have been competitive team up until the second round of the playoffs. The hawks team have gotten a lot further than teams such as Bulls, Kings Warriors the past few years but fans of the Warriors and Bulls and Kings support their fans even when they have put mediocre to bad teams out there.

Najeh Davenpoop

January 29th, 2011
7:38 pm

Is tonight’s game on TV? I don’t see it on SportSouth’s TV schedule.

bigeasy830

January 29th, 2011
7:52 pm

@ brigadierjerry

We will have to wait and see if the Hawks are better than the bulls this year, I like the make-up of that Bulls team. The Bulls have a bonified Super Star in Rose and his supporting staff is solid starting with Bozier.

lewis

January 29th, 2011
7:53 pm

SWAT Native

January 29th, 2011
7:58 pm

It’s on NBA TV.

northcyde

January 29th, 2011
8:04 pm

And the thing with KG, is that it’s the 2nd time ( that I can remember ), him doing something like that. I remember him doing that exact same thing during the playoffs when he was with Minnesota. I believe they were playing the Kings.

Meanwhile, I want to see the same Josh Smith tonight, that played last night. Start the game by ATTACKING, not SETTLING. When he attacks, we’re a top 5 team. When he settles, we can lose to any top 20 team.

That goes for you too JJ. If you miss a few jumpers, don’t keep jacking them up. Attack that lane.

We won an ugly, grind it out game last year, with JJ having a monster game. If we have to win ugly tonight, so be it. I’ll definitely take a 76 – 73 win tonight.

Floze

January 29th, 2011
8:34 pm

I was at the game last night and it sucked all balls to hear those new York fans in the second half. They were just as loud but perhaps a quarter of the fans. Chanting defense when we has the ball and yelling at our guy when we had the free throw attempts. It pissed Al off and he gave the crowd a boost when he asked the crowd to get involved after he made.

That being the case, i couldn’t be prouder of MArv. He showed heart that he hasn’t shown since he has been here. The atmosphere was intense and he actually responded to it. Phillips was chanting his name as he left.

If we can get that type of passion out of him we might be able to turn the second half of the season into something special.

niremetal

January 29th, 2011
8:38 pm

To be blunt, last night was an embarrassment with respect to Atlanta’s sports fans. I remember sometime in the late 90’s I went to a game against the Knicks, and it was the first (but not the last) time I went to a game where there were more fans for the opposing team than for the home team. I’ve lived in 3 other cities (Miami, Philly, and Washington) with pro basketball teams since then and have been to multiple games (including games against marquee teams) for each. Not once have I been to a game in another city where the the away team got more than a smattering of support. Philly fans had a fondness for booing their own players, but never cheering for the other team.

That being said, I don’t blame Atlantans per se. My uncle (a native New Yorker who moved to Atlanta) called Atlanta the Lost Sixth Borough because of the number of people from New York who live in the metro area. The city is the only major metro area in the country where most of the population was born elsewhere. I’ve always cheered for the Hawks no matter where I’ve lived, and don’t blame other transplant fans for doing the same.

It’s still understandably frustrating for the players, though.

Floze

January 29th, 2011
8:41 pm

Btw. Anybody that thinks Al had his way with Amare last night is insane. Amare was beastin last night and got into the lane anytime he wanted. He is playing like an MVP.

Smiling Jack

January 29th, 2011
10:32 pm

Bonehead! Bonehead! Bonehead!

Smiling Jack

January 29th, 2011
10:34 pm

Hawks down by 20..Do you think Bonehead Williams could have made a difference tonight???

crawdaddy

January 29th, 2011
10:36 pm

Joey,

“I’ve noticed that fans in Atlanta when it comes to basketball seem to have no allegiance to the Hawks.”

You are right about the citizens of Atlanta having no alligence to the Hawks. That is because the majority of people living in Atlanta have no alligence to the city. There care more about there teams back home. It is rare to meet an Atlanta sport franchise fan anywhere except Georgia. The one exception being the Braves. There are Braves fans everywhere. the Braves are the closest thing to a regional team in Atlanta. Brave fans show up in opposing stadiums, just like the Lakers. As far as being a life long Atlanta Hawk fan, I am sick and tired of all of the bungling! How many top draft picks have the Hawks had over the last fifteen years? We traded Nique for Danny Manning? Where’s Nash, Amare, Nowitski, etc… We could have drafted Paul, we got Marvin. All of those top draft picks and we could not hit on any of them? The Hawks need a new owner.

JSS

January 29th, 2011
11:26 pm

@ Niremetal…
It was that Knicks-vs-Hawks playoff game in 1999 in the Georgia Dome. Spreewell, Houston, and Camby exposed the Hawks. Knicks fans (using the term loosely) were chanting “Let’s go Knicks” like it was 1969 game 7… It was sad!

Coach D

January 30th, 2011
6:43 am

Duck showed some teeth!!!!!

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