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Jazz’s Mo Williams Out Indefinitely With Sprained Right Thumb

uspw_6859952Looks like the Utah Jazz will take a hit on their point guard depth. Here’s Steve Luhm from the Salt Lake Tribune.

Veteran point guard Mo Williams will miss his second straight game Monday night, when the Utah Jazz play host to surprising Golden State at EnergySolutions Arena.

Williams is sidelined indefinitely with what the team calls a “severely sprained” right thumb. Veteran Jamaal Tinsley will start in his place as the Jazz try to improve their 15-14 record.

Mo Williams is normally the starting point guard for the Utah Jazz and has done well for them, averaging 12.9 points and 6.7 assists in just over 31 minutes per game. He’s hit some big shots for this team and helps the Jazz in terms of veteran presence. As mentioned, he is said to be out “indefinitely.”

Jamaal Tinsley, who has started five games in his place this season, will be pressed to starting duty once again. Tinsley has done well as Williams’ back-up, averaging 3.5 points and 4.9 assists. He had 11 points and four assists in Utah’s win over Orlando. More from the Tribune…

“When you get an opportunity to play more minutes,” Tinsley said, “you have to take advantage of it and hold it down until [Williams] comes back.”

Paul Millsap isn’t worried about Tinsley, who has played well in his backup role during the last two seasons in Utah.

“Jamaal has been doing this for years,” Millsap said. “He knows what he’s doing when he gets into games.”

Another point guard who will get an opportunity is Earl Watson. Usually third on the point guard depth chart, Watson has averaged 2.1 points and 4.1 assists in 14 games. Both Tinsley and Watson should do well distributing their teammates; they’ll just lack that big-shot ability from Mo Williams.

The Jazz will take on the Warriors (who last played against the Lakers in a loss) on Wednesday night.

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Rey Moralde is a Southern California native who has a passion for basketball, old-school video games, sushi, and terrible pop music.

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