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Kemba Walker expects Malik Monk, Marvin Williams to be huge when teams focus on him

Kemba Walker, Malik Monk, Marvin Williams

The Charlotte Hornets secured an important win on Friday against the Memphis Grizzlies, 100-92. Malik Monk and Marvin Williams came up big in the clutch for the Hornets, and following the victory, Charlotte star Kemba Walker praised his teammates for their outstanding play.

“We expect that from those guys,” Walker said, per ESPN. “When teams are covering me, the way these guys are covering me nowadays we expect guys to come in and make shots and Marv was huge and Malik was huge.”

Monk torched Memphis with 20 points (on 6-of-15 shooting) off the bench, along with four-three pointers, three rebounds, and a block.

For his part, Williams also caught fire, scoring 16 big points on 5-of-10 makes from the field. The veteran power forward also contributed three three-pointers, four rebounds, and a steal.

As Walker explained, opposing teams have already identified him as the Hornets’ primary threat, and more often than not, their defenses are designed to prevent him from creating. This is when other guys need to step up, and this is exactly what Monk and Williams did on Friday.

Kemba himself was not bad against the Grizzlies, recording a game-high 23 points on 7-of-17 shooting. The All-Star point guard also sank four treys, grabbed three rebounds, handed out four assists, and committed six turnovers in 37 minutes of action.

The Hornets are now 25-26, and are currently positioned at the seventh spot in the Eastern Conference, with the Miami Heat just half a game behind at eighth.