Mo Williams‘ 2015-16 campaign has been no crystal stair, and to add salt to the wound, the veteran point guard will be missing extensive time due to a knee injury.
After missing five of the last six games with a knee injury, Williams is expected to miss “a couple of weeks,” according to Cavaliers head coach Tyronn Lue, as reported by Cleveland.com’s Chris Fedor.
Due to his nagging knee injury, which has been diagnosed as chondromalacia patellae, Williams did not travel with the team during the losses to the Toronto Raptors and Washington Wizards over the weekend, and will be without the team for a while longer.
“As of right now we just know he’s going to be out for a couple of weeks, getting treatment,” Lue said. “We will re-evaluate in a couple of weeks.”
After starting the season as the Cavaliers’ starting point guard, there has been an obvious reduction in the veteran point guard’s minutes since Kyrie Irving returned from his knee injury on Dec. 20.
In 35 games (14 starts) this season, Williams is averaging 8.9 points and 2.7 assists in 19.7 minutes per game this season. These are all a step back from the first full month of the season, where he averaged 15.6 points and 4.5 assists in 30.8 minutes.
The injury to “Mogotti” shouldn’t affect the Cavaliers too much, as Matthew Dellavedova has taken over as the team’s primary backup point guard. At the beginning of the month, Dellavedova missed six games due to a left hamstring injury, but has since returned to the lineup.
In order to add more depth to the guard position with Williams out, the team signed Developmental League standout Jordan McRae to a 10-day contract. In 29 games with the Delaware 87ers, McRae averaged 23.3 points, 5.2 assists and 4.6 rebounds en route to being named a D-League All-Star.
Once Williams is back to playing at 100 percent, he could very well work his way back into the team’s lineup. The 33-year-old proved last season that he can still produce at a high level after averaging 17.2 points in 27 games with the Charlotte Hornets.
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Knowing Williams can still put the ball in the basket, he should be in the Cavaliers game plan moving forward from his injury. Though the Cavs have a crowded backcourt with the like of Irving, Dellavedova, J.R. Smith and Iman Shumpert, Williams should stay ready at all times. Knowing Irving’s career has been plagued with injuries, knock on wood, if anything were to happen to him, the Cavs should feel safe that Mo will be there in his place.
The Cavaliers have been in a slump recently, so a healthy Williams may be what turns the team around.
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