Oct 16, 2013; Salt Lake City, UT, USA; Portland Trail Blazers point guard Mo Williams (25) reacts after hitting a shot during the second half of their NBA basketball game against the Utah Jazz at EnergySolutions Arena. The Portland Trail Blazers won 99-92. Mandatory Credit: Jim Urquhart-USA TODAY Sports

Portland Trail Blazers: Mo Williams Questionable for Los Angeles Clippers Game


 

Mo Williams suffered a bruised hip in the closing quarter of last Saturday’s game against the New Orleans Pelicans and did not practice on Monday. However; despite the lack of formal updates, a couple of tweets from the backup point guard indicate that he was able to attend the Trail Blazers practice yesterday.

 

 

 

His availability for tonight’s game against the Los Angeles Clippers is still in question, but I would surprised if he did not dress.

Mo Williams’ bruised hip marks the first notable injury that any Trail Blazer has sustained during the regular season. Fortunately, it came at a time when the team had an unusual five day break in games. Williams may be able to shake it off without missing any matchups.

If, for some reason, he is still unable to play tonight, the Trail Blazers will look to Earl Watson in his stead. At 34 years old, that isn’t who we want guarding Clippers backup Darren Collison (one of the fastest guards in the league), not that Mo’s defense is stellar…

The Trail Blazers have been fortunate to escape injury to current rotation players thus far. This scare with Mo Williams highlights their need to get CJ McCollum back as soon as possible. They are a twisted ankle away from catastrophic depth issues in the backcourt.

Watch closely to see if Williams is able to go by tip-off. His presence could make or break this matchup with a Clippers team that is none too happy about losing a close one to the Warriors last night. The game will be broadcast at 7:30 p.m. on TNT.

 

 

Tags: Cj Mccollum Earl Watson Mo Williams Mo Williams Injury Portland Trail Blazers

  • jeremyokai

    Earl may be a better bet guarding Collison. He really gets under guys skin and could cause some problems for their second unit. Would really miss Mo’s offense though.

    • blazerfan808

      i agree. what he lacks in speed, he makes up for it in iq and sound judgement. he might get toasted on a few possessions, but we will have to live with that. this sounds sketchy, but i might give the collison assignment to barton.