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Hawks and Knicks have a throwdown

New York Knicks v Atlanta Hawks

ATLANTA, GA - JANUARY 28: Marvin Williams #24 of the Atlanta Hawks drives to the basket against Landry Fields #6 of the New York Knicks during the game on January 28, 2011 at Philips Arena in Atlanta, Georgia. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and/or using this Photograph, user is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. Mandatory Copyright Notice: Copyright 2011 NBAE (Photo by Scott Cunningham/NBAE via Getty Images) *** Local Caption *** Marvin Williams;Landry Fields

Scott Cunningham

Well, no one hit anyone in their junk, but turns out Celtics-Suns wasn’t the only dust-up Friday night. In the fourth quarter of the Hawks’ comfortable win over the Knicks, two players got tangled up, and punches were thrown.

Now, having known that, what two players would you guess were involved? Wilson Chandler? Zaza Pachulia? Josh Smith? Turiaf? You might guess any of these players. And you would be wrong.

No, the offenders were Marvin Williams and Shawne Williams. Then Landry Fields got involved. Amar’e tried to hold everybody back, and Raymond Felton wound up in there and it was just a mess. Take a look.

So you have to think someone’s going to get suspended over this. Closed-fist swings will almost always get you a game or two, and there’s no star power to cover their trail here. Also interesting was this quote from Amar’e Stoudemire about Al Horford after the game:

“I don’t know what Horford’s thinking. He needs to calm down. He’s not the type of player”.
via Steve Adamek of The Record.

Al Horford versus Amar’e Stoudemire. This is quite possibly the most intellectual feud in the NBA.