John Williams will have his right knee examined by Bullets physician Stephen Haas this morning, and the injured forward will know soon afterward if he can be activated Wednesday as Williams had targeted.

The Bullets weren't settling in with Williams's timetable yesterday. "I think that's always been John's date, not ours," General Manager John Nash said. "We don't have a date. Whenever he's ready, he's ready."

"I'm going to do everything I can to be ready," Williams said.

Williams went west with the team last week, but because the Bullets played four games in five nights, he wasn't able to get in much practice time.

He was worked out by Bullets coaches and strength coach Dennis Householder, but Washington likely wants to see more contact work before putting him on the active list. As Good as His Word

Ledell Eackles pledged full effort to the Bullets, and played yesterday as if he would make good on it, scoring a season-high 25 points and leading a reserve unit that outscored Orlando's 54-26. It was the highest output from the group since they scored 77 against Denver (hardly any true barometer) on Dec. 29.

"I told {Coach} Wes {Unseld} every night I go out from now on, I'm going out and giving my all," said Eackles, who made 12 of his 20 shots. "No matter how I perform, I'm not going to leave out the effort."

Unseld was happy with the points, not so happy with defense that allowed the Magic driving lanes for Scott Skiles and jump shots for Otis Smith.

"We can't just come down and swap points with teams," Unseld said.

"We've got to score and then we've got to come down defensively and hold people if we're going to win. Otherwise we're going to be in games like this all the time. We might be anyway." King Won't Alibi

Bernard King went through another cold night from the floor, six of 18. He's shooting 41 of 105 (.390) his last four games.

"I think he's tired," Unseld said. "I talked to Bernard and I watched him play the last three games. He's been working too doggone hard to accomplish what he has to accomplish. Eventually it's going to take its toll."

King would hear none of it.

"I'm not going to get into all of that," he said. "We won the game. I didn't play a great game. I haven't played a great game the last couple of games. But I'm not concerned about it . . . we've got guys who are doing the job now. We've got guys who've stepped up the effort. I'm going to have off-shooting nights. That's just part of this game."