Feb 1, 2014; Portland, OR, USA; Portland Trail Blazers point guard Mo Williams (25) dribbles towards Toronto Raptors power forward Patrick Patterson (54) in the first half at Moda Center. Mandatory Credit: Jaime Valdez-USA TODAY Sports

Portland’s Mo Williams won’t play against Pacers, cites ‘family reasons’

Due to “family reasons,” the Portland Trail Blazers will be without backup point guard Mo Williams when they take on the Indiana Pacers on Friday night.

Williams sent out a tweet on Wednesday saying his sister has been taken to the hospital:

Head coach Terry Stotts confirmed the Williams’ absence Friday morning, saying Earl Watson will see minutes as Portland’s backup point guard. Casey Holdahl of TrailBlazers.com relayed on news on Twitter:

Watson, who’s played sparingly this season, said his thoughts were with Williams and his family:

Right now, my thoughts are elsewhere with other people. This team is a family. This team is a real brotherhood where we have a real love for each other. So right now, my mind is somewhere else. It’s less about basketball and more about life. That’s what’s most important to me right now.

The game between the Blazers and the Pacers can be seen at 7:00 p.m. ET on ESPN.

[Source: The Oregonian]

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