In Game 2 of the NBA Playoff series between the Portland Trail Blazers and the San Antonio Spurs, Trail Blazers backup point guard Mo Williams re-aggravated an existing groin injury. He initially hurt his groin in Game 6 of the first round against the Houston Rockets, but had decided to play on to help his team in their postseason campaign.
“It’s the playoffs, man. I got to grind it out. The [expletive] hurts, but I’m going to do what I can.”
– Via Chris Haynes, CSNNW
Williams played only 9 minutes in Game 2 of the Spurs series before heading to the sidelines. He would not return to action. Second year guard Will Barton played twelve minutes in his stead, shooting a perfect 5-5 for 13 total points. If Williams is unable to play his full minutes (or at all) in Game 3 on Saturday, Barton will likely be called upon to fill his shoes again.
This comes as a blow to the Trail Blazers, who need Williams’ veteran leadership on the court. Though his inconsistencies sometimes overshadow his merits, he leads the Trail Blazers in scoring off the bench and led the entire league in assists off the bench this season. He is supposed to be Portland’s strongest answer to San Antonio’s impressive depth.
Williams has two days to rest before his status is determined for Game 3. Groin injuries are nothing to trifle with, as you may recall LaMarcus Aldridge missing time with one shortly after the All-Star break. However; I believe that Williams will play. As he stated, it is the playoffs. If the Trail Blazers lose the next game in Portland to go down 0-3 in the series, a swift exit is sure to follow.
Check back in for updates on Williams’ status. The Trail Blazers’ postseason may depend on his availability.