Marvin Williams and Jamal Crawford share Seattle roots and laidback personalities. More germane to the Hawks' playoff aspirations, both players have the potential to point their team to a first-round upset.

As both work their way through inconsistent seasons, Hawks coach Larry Drew has been trying to unlock both players in time for the postseason. So are Williams and Crawford. They've got eight games remaining in the regular season, starting with Orlando on Wednesday night at Philips Arena.

"So each and every night, it's something Jamal and I talk about," Williams said. "We just want to bring a little bit more to this team to kind of get us over the hump."

On Sunday against an over-matched Cleveland team, Williams filled in for Joe Johnson (out with a sprained thumb) and needed only 14 shots toa season-high 31 points. It followed a hint on Saturday night that perhaps Crawford's sixth man of the year form wasn't as far off as despairing fans fear. After the Hawks lost four of five, he helped arrest the slide by kicking in 18 points in a win over New Jersey.

"I feel really good [physically]," Crawford said Sunday. "It's just mentally. I've got to always stay locked in mentally and engaged and in that aggressive mindset."

In recent games, Drew has been feeding Crawford extra minutes and reminding him to keep shooting. After a scoreless first half against Portland on March 12, Drew pulled Crawford into his office at halftime to tell him, "You need it get it going," according to Crawford. He responded with a 20-point second half.

"When he plays with that aggression, when he's in that attack mode, we're good," Drew said.

This season, the Hawks are 16-5 when Crawford scores 18 or more. They are 21-9 when Williams gets into double figures. Crawford acknowledges he has played passively at times after being named the sixth man of the year, which included an 18 scoring average and 31 20-point games.

"I think I have to look in the mirror, honestly," he said.