The Atlanta Hawks have moved small forward Marvin Williams back into the starting lineup for Game 5 against the Boston Celtics, replacing guard Kirk Hinrich. Why are they doing this? The idea is to force Avery Bradley or Rajon Rondo to guard Joe Johnson. While both Bradley and Rondo are tenacious defenders, they both also give up a lot of height in a matchup with Johnson, one of the best post-up guards in the league.
However, Sports Illustrated's Zach Lowe poses a possible solution.
With ATL starting Joe/Smoove/Horford/Williams/Teague, will be interesting to see if Boston has Bradley or Rondo guard Williams.— Zach Lowe (@ZachLowe_SI) May 8, 2012
Williams is even taller than Johnson, but he also posts up less, and a switch would allow the Celtics to keep Paul Pierce on Johnson. Is it worth it for Doc Rivers to tinker with his defensive matchups? Let us know.