On the surface, it may not seem terribly important that Utah Jazz forward Marvin Williams has been listed as a game-time decision for Tuesday night’s home game against the Dallas Mavericks, but fans of Utah’s opponent are especially keyed in on the proceedings.
Marvin Williams is a game-time decision tonight after a MRI revealed a left knee bone bruise #DALatUTA
— Utah Jazz (@utahjazz) April 8, 2014
The former #2 overall pick (sorry, Hawks fans) is averaging 9.3 points and 5.1 rebounds per game this season, but at 6-foot-9, Williams would provide some quality length on the defensive end against Dirk Nowitzki, and that’s a significant point. The added emphasis on this particular match-up for Dallas stems from the fact that they enter the night at 47-31 in the standings, and while that is good for 7th in the West as the day opens, the Mavs are only 1.5 games ahead of 9th-place Memphis in the standings.
With or without Marvin Williams in the lineup, the Mavericks are a significant favorite to upend the Jazz and grab an important win, but with just 4 games left on their schedule, Dallas cannot afford a hiccup, and it would certainly be beneficial for them to see Marvin on the bench for the duration.