Mo Williams: The X-Factor of The Cavaliers-Celtics Series

Maxwell PeltzContributor IMay 5, 2010

CLEVELAND - MAY 03:  LeBron James #23 of the Cleveland Cavaliers looks on with teammates Antawn Jamison #4 and Mo Williams #2 during a time while playing the Boston Celtics in Game Two of the Eastern Conference Semifinals during the 2010 NBA Playoffs at Quicken Loans Arena on May 3, 2010 in Cleveland, Ohio. Boston won the game 104-86 to tie the series 1-1. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement.  (Photo by Gregory Shamus/Getty Images)
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With the Cleveland Cavaliers and Boston Celtics already playing a close series, there is one player who will decide the outcome of this series.

Not LeBron James.  Not The Big 3.

Mo Williams.

When Mo Williams is hot, the Cavaliers are nearly impossible to beat.  They are the most complete team in the league when Mo is able to hit his shot, and distribute the ball to the open man.  

When Mo Williams plays well, LeBron James is able to take the load off his back, and he doesn’t have to play Point Guard and Small Forward anymore, he just has to play Small Forward.

This was seen in Game One against the Celtics.  As soon as Mo Williams got hot in the third quarter, and scored 14 points alone in that quarter, it was obvious the Cavaliers would finish the game on top.

But then Game Two showed, with him shooting 1-of-9, that the team is unsuccessful when he is not shooting well.

Mo Williams was brought into Cleveland two summers ago, expecting to be the new number two scorer.  He was all season long, making his first all star appearance.  

Then came the playoffs. During the first two series he was playing great ball; making nice passes, and having players complete the pass as an assist, and being able to hit any shot.  His range was everywhere.

Then came the series against the Magic in the Eastern Conference Finals.  During Game One, Williams had a spectacular first half, finishing it with a shot from the opposite free throw line.  It seemed as though the Cavaliers would walk right through that series too.


Mo Williams went cold, and the Cavaliers had to rely on one guy for them to win, that guy was LeBron James.  And it has been shown that he can’t do it himself.

This season, Mo Williams was great again, his shots were falling andhis passes were smooth.  He was in contention for another all-star appearance, but he didn’t get it.  Then came the first series against the Chicago Bulls.  Mo Williams played great in this series, and it ended with Cleveland winning the series 3-1.

When Mo Williams plays well, it seems as though the rest of the team plays well. All Mo has to do is score 15 Points per Game.  

Is that so hard to do?  It really seems like it to Mo.

The truth to why he is playing so poorly is because during the first game of every series he knows his role as option number two.  But when it gets more intense, the man wants to be the star, and you can’t be the star.  Let Stars be stars, and number two options be number two options.

But for now, we can only watch and find out if Mo Williams will play like he normally does.

If he does, the Cavs win the series, if he does not, the Cavs Lose.