Mo Williams out another several weeks

Updated: January 19, 2011, 6:58 PM ET
Associated Press

CLEVELAND -- The Cavaliers are falling as fast as their record.

Starting guard Mo Williams will be sidelined for several weeks with a lingering hip injury, another blow to the NBA's worst team.

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Williams, who has already missed seven games with the injury, received a cortisone shot on Wednesday to relieve the pain. He said doctors want him to rest before deciding the next course of treatment. Williams said one positive is that surgery is not an option.

"It's going to come along as long as I don't push it," Williams said before the Cavs hosted the Phoenix Suns.

Coach Byron Scott said there is no timetable on Williams' return. Ramon Sessions will start in place of Williams, who is averaging 13.6 points and 7.1 assists.

"Obviously, it's a big loss," Scott said. "Mo is one of our leaders and one of our best scorers. He's been doing a real good job directing the team. Even though it is a big loss, it gives us a chance to develop some of our other players."

The Cavs (8-32), who have dropped 13 straight games and 23 of 24, have been ravaged by injuries. Center Anderson Varejao is out for the season with a torn ankle tendon and is expected to undergo surgery this week. Also, the team is missing guards Anthony Parker (strained back) Christian Eyenga (sprained ankle) and forwards Leon Powe (knee surgery) and Joey Graham (strained quad).

Cleveland did get guard Daniel Gibson back to face Phoenix after he missed Cleveland's five-game road trip with an ankle sprain.

Scott is trying to make the most of a dismal situation. He laughed when asked if his medical vocabulary has expanded during his first season with Cleveland.

"I'm not ready to take the official medical exam and become a doctor, but I'm getting close," Scott said. "I've never seen anything like this. I've been in situations where we've had injuries before but not five, six guys out at one time. This is new to me."


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