PORTLAND – Trail Blazers head coach Terry Stotts informed the media on a conference call today that he anticipates reserve guard Mo Williams will not be able to play in Game 3 of the Western Conference semifinals versus the Spurs at the Moda Center on Saturday due to a groin injury.
Williams, averaging 7.4 points on 37 percent shooting 23.4 minutes per game during the 2014 postseason, played nine minutes in Portland’s 114-97 loss to the Spurs in Game 2 in San Antonio before leaving the game at the 7:31 mark of the second quarter. He would not return.
“He has a groin injury,” said Stotts after Thursday night’s game. “It has been bothering him for a couple days. He wanted to play but it was our decision that it wasn’t good for him to play.”
Williams missed two games in March with a groin injury, though it is not known if the injuries are related. The Trail Blazers went 5-3 this season when Williams was out of the lineup.
If Williams is unable to play Saturday night, Stotts said Earl Watson and Will Barton are likely to pick up the roughly 24 minutes Williams typically plays.
“I’ll be prepared,” said Barton after going 5 for 5 from the field for 13 points in 12 minutes Thursday night. “I’m going into it like Mo is going to be there and I’m going to be prepared either way it goes. I feel like I’ve done a good job of always staying ready and being ready. I’m going to keep approaching every game the same way, cheer my teammates on and if I get my number called, just go out there and try to make plays for us to win games.