NBA: Cavs’ Mo Williams out with shoulder injury
By TOM WITHERS
AP Sports Writer
CLEVELAND — Cavaliers starting point guard Mo Williams will miss Thursday’s game against the Los Angeles Lakers with a sprained left shoulder.
The Cavaliers did not say how long they could be without Williams, their second-leading scorer. The team said Williams, who scored 28 points against the Lakers on Christmas Day, was being evaluated at the Cleveland Clinic.
An update was planned for later Thursday.
Cavs coach Mike Brown said Delonte West will start in place of Williams.
“It’s tough,” Brown said. “But I like the guys in this locker room and I’m confident other guys will step up. It’s part of the business. You hope he gets better soon but you have to keep going forward.”
Williams injured his shoulder in Tuesday night’s win over Toronto. The team originally said he had strained his shoulder.
Williams got hurt in the third quarter but returned to the game and made a key 3-pointer in the fourth quarter.
The absence of Williams will give playing time to Daniel Gibson, who recently lost minutes.