Rivers to Williams: 'Be a locomotive'

Rivers to Williams: 'Be a locomotive'
March 30, 2013, 1:45 pm
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BOSTON – When you see Terrence Williams' chiseled physique, thoughts of a powerful running back immediately come to mind.

That point is driven home when you hear Boston Celtics head coach Doc Rivers explain what he and his coaching staff have told Williams they're looking for when he enters games.

"All we've asked him to do is every time you get it, be a locomotive," Rivers said. "Literally. Be a locomotive: run straight down the middle of the floor as fat as you can, and if someone gets in your way then that means someone else will be open."

Williams did as told in Boston's 118-107 win over Atlanta powering his way to the basket on a critical stretch that in hindsight, positioned the Celtics for the victory.

He finished with six points on 3-of-5 shooting.

But the impact of his points far outweighed their numerical value with two of his three made field goals being crowd-raising dunks after he did as instructed and drove down the middle of the floor and finished with a pair of emphatic dunks as part of a dominant second quarter of play by the Celtics.

Williams entered the game with 8:48 to play in the second quarter with the C's trailing 38-34.

For the next eight-plus minutes, the Celtics outscored Atlanta 32-18 which included a dunk by Williams that broke open a 40-all tie and sparked a 16-6 Celtics run.

"When you look at his body, there's not a lot of guys that want to get in front of that," Rivers said.

While Williams is light years away from being considered in the same class as LeBron James, his powerful 6-foot-6, 220-pound frame can be in many ways just as intimidating who are often not as big or as strong.

For Williams, Friday's floor time was just another opportunity to prove his worth to the Celtics who signed him for the remainder of the season after previously signing him to a pair of 10-day contracts.

"Around here, you have to stay ready, and I am," Williams said recently. "If I play the first quarter, the fourth quarter or not at all, I'm ready. I'm always working on my game, trying to get better so I'll definitely be ready when the opportunity comes."