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.
Getting it in before practice http://t.co/bKs3UivvHt
— Mo Williams (@mowilliams) December 25, 2013
Practice over, I’m on my way. http://t.co/f77S71yzkY
— Mo Williams (@mowilliams) December 26, 2013
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.