Cavs falter with LeBron sitting

By Rob Todor

By Mary Schmitt Boyer

The Plain Dealer


Mo Williams thought his slump was over.

After making 8 of 18 shots, including 6 of 11 3-pointers, for 22 points in a 126-118 overtime victory at Toronto on Feb. 26, the Cavaliers starting point guard told reporters last week, “I never doubted myself. I knew it would just be a matter of time. … You never know when it’s going to come. It couldn’t have come at a better time.”

Except it didn’t really come. Since that game in Toronto, Williams has made just 13 of 46 shots (28.2 percent), including 6 of 23 3-pointers (26 percent.) The slump hit its nadir in Saturday’s 92-85 loss at Milwaukee, where Williams made just 3 of 17 shots, including 1 of 7 on 3-pointers.

It couldn’t have come at a worse time, since Cavs coach Mike Brown elected to rest LeBron James, insisting it had nothing to do with the fact that James turned his ankle in Friday night’s victory over Detroit. Brown has hinted he also may rest James tonight against San Antonio. The Cavs have three days off following that game.

But without James to take over some of the ball-handling chores, Williams really struggled on both ends of the floor. The Cavs offense looked stagnant and Williams’ counterpart, Bucks rookie guard Brandon Jennings, scored 25 points.

“That’s more frustrating on my part,” Williams said. “I felt like guys stepped up to the plate with LeBron being out, and I didn’t. So it’s frustrating, and I think if I was that third piece, we could have won this game.”

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