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Mo-less Cavs use gutsy effort to sweep L.A.: Cavaliers 93, Lakers 87

Kirk LammersContributor IJanuary 22, 2010


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I'll be the first to admit that I thought a Cavalier victory tonight was highly improbable. This team, however, showed its true grit and tremendous depth in the absence of their second leading scorer and point guard Mo Williams. The wine and gold did it with tremendous defense in the final three quarters and a brilliant six-minute fourth quarter surge from LeBron James to pull into a virtual tie with the Lakers for the NBA's best record, sending the sellout Q crowd home thrilled with a season sweep of the hated Lakers.

No Mo = Uh oh!: The disappointing news came in today that Mo Williams was not only going to miss tonight's showdown with the Lakers, but the All-Star point would miss 4-6 weeks with a left shoulder sprain. This is a huge blow to the Cavaliers, who are just embarking on a home-heavy and easier portion of their schedule. The Cavaliers have just Delonte West and Daniel Gibson at the point guard, and given West's inconsistency and off-the-court issues along with Gibson's history of struggling with ball-handling, the Cavaliers should look to sign a veteran point guard. My personal choice would be Antonio Daniels, who has good size, scoring ability, and worked out for the wine and gold earlier in the season. Some other possible candidates are free agents Juan Dixon, Brevin Knight, Damon Jones, Tyronn Lue, Coby Karl, and Andre Barrett. For the length of time that Mo Gotti will be M.I.A., adding a veteran to run the offense for stretches could payoff and keep the Cavs afloat. The Cavaliers are also still without Jamario Moon, who had an excellent game last time against the Lakers defending Kobe.

 

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