Apr 30, 2014; Houston, TX, USA; Portland Trail Blazers guard Mo Williams (25) brings the ball up the court during the first quarter against the Houston Rockets in game five of the first round of the 2014 NBA Playoffs at Toyota Center. Mandatory Credit: Troy Taormina-USA TODAY Sports

2014 NBA Playoffs: Blazers’ Mo Williams likely to miss Game 3


The Portland Trail Blazers have a key injury to deal with, as backup point guard Mo Williams is nursing a groin injury and will likely miss the team’s Game 3 showdown with the San Antonio Spurs.

Per CSNSW.com, Portland head coach Terry Stotts said, “We anticipate that [Williams] will not play tomorrow night, and that’s the only update.”

Williams is one of the better reserve guards in the league, and this poses a bit of a rotation issue for the Blazers, whose bench has been outscored by the Spurs’ bench 100-37 during the first two games of the series.

“I would assume that Earl [Watson] will get some minutes and Will Barton will get some playing time,” Stotts said. “With Mo averaging his 24 minutes, some of them are at point guard and some of them are alongside Damian. His 24 minutes will kind of be spread out among at least two or three players.”

Either way, not having Williams available doesn’t help things for the Blazers, who find themselves in an 0-2 hole against the playoff-seasoned Spurs.

Perhaps playing at home in Moda Center will give the Blazers a boost.

Williams is averaging 7.4 points, 2.1 rebounds and 1.9 assists per game for Portland during this year’s playoffs.

 

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