2010 NBA Playoffs: Mo Williams Sparks Cavaliers Game One Comeback

May 2nd, 2010 by Eric Felkey Leave a reply »
By halftime last night, I had seen enough of Mo Williams for the entire series.

I kept waiting for him, and the rest of the Cavaliers, to wake up. To start being the aggressors. To do something to knock the Celtics out of their comfort zone.

Mo struggled mightily in the first half. Rajon Rondo was embarrassing him on both ends. On offense, Mo couldn't defend the same high pick-and-roll that the Celtics seemingly ran every time. Even when he knew it was coming, he couldn't beat Rondo to a spot in the paint.

On offense, he wasn't much better. He stood around the three-point line. He didn't attack the rim. He didn't get the Cavs into their sets early.

And Rondo didn't have to guard him—he could roam around on defense and put himself in position to give good help on drives from LeBron James, or to jump the passing lanes, something he does as well as any point guard in the league.

The first half stats for Rajon Rondo: 19 points, 6-of-8 FG, 6-of-6 FT, 1-of-1 3PT, three rebounds, eight assists.

The first half stats for Mo Williams: four points, 2-of-4 FG, 0-of-1 FT, 0-of-1 3PT, three rebounds, three assists.

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