NBA Roundtable

Mo Williams Injured

In General NBA on January 21, 2010 at 6:59 pm

RealGM reports

Mo Williams suffered a left shoulder sprain during Tuesday night’s game versus Toronto at Quicken Loans Arena in Cleveland. He was examined by Cavaliers Head Team Physician Dr. Richard Parker and the Cleveland Clinic’s Dr. Mark Schickendantz.Williams also received a MRI at Cleveland Clinic Sports Health, the results of which confirmed the sprain. Williams is currently projected to be out for the next four to six weeks.

Mo Williams is a loss for the Cavs but nothing that they shouldn’t be able to deal with.

Delonte West will take over the starting point guard spot and Daniel Gibson will back him both. Both players are capable in those respective roles and will allow the Cavs to continue winning at a high rate.

Update: West Injured

The Cleveland Plain Dealer reports

In the final moments of the Cavs’ victory over the Los Angeles Lakers on Thursday night, Delonte West fractured his left ring finger chasing down a loose ball. X-rays late in the night after the game showed a fracture, but an MRI exam at the Cleveland Clinic on Friday revealed the damage was not severe.

So the positive outlook is that West may not be out for an extended period, but he won’t be re-evaluated until next week. The Lakers’ Kobe Bryant is playing with a similar injury.

Okay, this suddenly got complicated for the Cavs. They’re now without their lead guard, Mo Williams, and their primary backup guard in Delonte West.

Daniel Gibson will take over the starting point guard duties and will very likely play extended minutes well into the mid-30’s. The Cavs will then choose from Anthony Parker and LeBron James as their backup point guard. Parker is likely to get the nod after doing a serviceable job for the Raptors last season when they were similarly short-handed during a Jose Calderon injury.

That further complicates the Cavs wing situation because Jamario Moon is already out injured. They were already short-handed on the wings as a result and now, with Parker or James playing backup point guard minutes, they’ll need to find someone else to play those vacant wing minutes. Jawad Williams has been given the role recently and played poorly but Mike Brown seems happy enough with him so he’ll likely get the role.

Cleveland has only one other wing player on the roster and that’s Danny Green. So hopefully, this will become an opportunity for Green to show what he’s made of. Danny Green was a very interesting second round pick after an impressive collegiate career at North Carolina. He was the team’s best defender, a good rebounder, and very good shooter from the perimeter. Efficient player who makes good decisions. He has the makings of a quality role player for many years. Cleveland should take advantage of this opportunity and test his sea legs. See what the rookie is capable of and whether or not he can play for them this postseason.

Cleveland have lost a fair bit of talent, two key role players + a solid role player in Moon, so their form will likely suffer while they get healthy. They should still be a very good team but not quite the elite team we’ve seen in recent weeks.

Update: Cavs also looking at possible 10 day contract signings to fill the void at point guard. It appears that they are planning to sign Cedric Jackson to a contract. I’d rather see them play AP or James at the point and play Green but … that doesn’t look like it’s going to happen.

I think it would be a valuable opportunity for Green and give the Cavs a better chance of winning games in the short term. I am doubtful that a 10 day contract signing can out-play Danny Green and the Cavs big backcourt.

Update: RealGM reports that Cleveland has in fact signed Cedric Jackson to a 10 day contract. So that’s the direction they’re going to go with.

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  1. Cavs run everything through James, Mo is more of a “guard” who scores than a PG anyway. With most of the next 10 games at home, Cavs will play on undeterred.

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