When Utah Jazz point guard Mo Williams was lost due to a severely sprained thumb back in Dec. 22, 2012, it looked as if the team would struggle to make the playoffs this season without a reliable backup.
Interestingly, Utah has stepped up to the challenge without its starting point guard, going 14-8 since Williams’ injury. In fact – and not to say that the Jazz are better off without him – the team has gone 17-9 in games where Williams has been in street clothes.
Staying under the radar for much of the season, the surprising Jazz have compiled an impressive 13-5 record since the beginning of January after going just 15-17 in the first 32 games, and currently sit just four games behind the Denver Nuggets for the fourth seed in the Western Conference.
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Despite this, Bill Simmons of Grantland expressed the team’s need to acquire a point guard to be more of a threat in the West – something that did not sit well with Williams:
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