Bucks’ Marvin Williams defends fight against James Ennis
Milwaukee Bucks forward Marvin Williams got into it with Orlando Magic swingman James Ennis during Game 3 of Milwaukee’s first-round matchup on Saturday.
Williams and Ennis got tangled underneath the basket following a Nikola Vucevic miss, and they exchanged a bump as the Bucks brought the ball up the floor.
Things quickly got heated, as both players grabbed jerseys and Ennis appeared to take a swing. Williams and Ennis were each ejected from the game, but the veteran Williams said he was simply defending himself.
Marvin Williams described the altercation with James Ennis yesterday as a situation where he was defending himself as a man — something he would do anytime, anywhere if someone crosses a line. Also said he won't be apologizing to Ennis or anyone else for standing up for himself.
— Matt Velazquez (@Matt_Velazquez) August 23, 2020
This almost feels like a statement after the Bucks throttled the Magic again to take a 2-1 series lead.
Milwaukee looked sluggish in its stunning Game 1 loss, but has since responded with emphatic energy. Giannis Antetokounmpo has been especially charismatic, staring down the Magic bench after big dunks and staying vocal on both ends of the floor.
Williams appears to be suggesting he will not be intimidated by an upstart Magic squad as the Bucks hope to make quick work of Orlando in the next two games.
The 34-year-old has played sparingly for the Bucks, but he offers toughness and length while also crashing the boards and banging with bigs down low. Williams was a plus-8 in over 17 minutes of action in Game 2, and he was also plus-11 in just over six minutes of run on Saturday prior to being ejected.
Milwaukee’s success is still largely tied to Antetokounmpo. But veteran role players like Williams make up the fabric of this Bucks team.
Williams and the Bucks are not backing down from challenges as they continue their playoff journey.