ATLANTA– Portland Trail Blazers guard Mo Williams is battling through a severely sore left knee, as he calls it.
It’s an injury that occurred almost two weeks ago during in-game competition. He says he will tough it out and play tonight versus the Atlanta Hawks.
“Absolutely, I’ll play,” Williams told CSNNW.com following the team’s shootaround session.
He received treatment yesterday, this morning, and will get more before tonight’s game.
Late in the first half of Portland’s loss to the Orlando Magic on Tuesday, Williams departed to the locker room to receive care for his knee. He returned for the second half but unfortunately wasn’t able to play at his same high-speed level.
Williams said he didn’t do anything at shootaround today in an effort to be as healthy as possible going into the fourth game of this five-game road trip. Portland has dropped nine of its last 13 games and is on a three-game losing streak.
They’re in the fifth spot in the Western Conference standings but only two games are what separate them from the ninth seed, a seed that’s one spot outside of the playoff bracket. If this weren’t such a dire time for the team, Williams would be taking some games off for treatment.
“I absolutely would have sat out,” he said. “The pain is that bad. But I have to give it a go.”
Williams has appeared in 52 games this season and is averaging 9.5 points, 1.5 rebounds and 4.4 assists as the team’s top reserve.