October 11, 2008
Hey, Celtics, Cavaliers newcomer Mo Williams has something to say and you can "take that how you want." More than anything else, Williams and "King James" are talking about pushing you off your newly acquired throne.
The Boston Celtics got their first chance to see the Cleveland Cavaliers' upgraded backcourt of superstar LeBron James and Williams in preseason action last night at the Dunkin' Donuts Center. And while talk is cheap right now, expect the reigning NBA champs to listen since the new James-Williams tandem is definitely talented enough to speak volumes come playoff time.
"That's all we talk about," Williams said before the Celtics beat the Cavaliers, 96-94, in an exhibition game. "That's all we talk about. You got to knock the king off the throne. And I'm playing with the king, so you can take that how you want."
Celtics nation might be asking: Who the heck is Mo Williams? Well, the Mississippi native who played in obscurity in Utah and Milwaukee is definitely someone the Celtics are very familiar with and respectful of. Williams also could be the X-factor Cleveland needs to truly threaten the champs.
"He's a great addition to our team," said James, who posted 15 points in 13 minutes last night. "Going against him four times last year, he completely destroyed us. Now, he is completely going to destroy other people."
Williams, acquired by Cleveland via trade in the offseason, averaged 17.2 points, a career-high 6.3 assists, 1.2 steals, and 3.5 rebounds per game for Milwaukee last season. He also shot a career-high .385 percent from 3-point range. The 6-foot-1-inch, 185-pounder also scored a season-high 37 points against Cleveland Feb. 26.
Last night, Williams had 10 points, 7 assists, and 4 rebounds in 18 minutes.
Williams will threaten opposing defenses by pushing the ball hard on fast breaks. He will get open and easy shots when James is double-teamed or passing during a drive. While the Cavaliers would love for James to score close to 30 points per game, it's not necessary with Williams around.