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Cavaliers guard Mo Williams expected to miss 4 to 6 weeks with sprained left shoulder

January 21, 2010 |  3:40 pm

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Cleveland guard Mo Williams is expected to miss between four to six weeks because of a sprained left shoulder, leaving questions as to how this will ultimately affect the Cavaliers down the road.

It was already known that Williams would miss at least tonight's game against the Lakers, which will probably influence their game plan considering that Williams scored a season-high 28 points in the Christmas Day game that Cleveland won.

Based on initial estimates, Williams could miss anywhere from 12 to 19 games. It's an unfortunate reality, but the injury could drastically alter the league's playoff seedings later down the line even if most teams have only approached the halfway point in the 82-game schedule. 

The Cavaliers (32-11) shortly trail the Lakers (32-9) for the league's top spot and hold a three-and-a-half game lead over Boston for first place in the Eastern Conference. Especially because this could have an indirect influence on home-court advantage in the NBA Finals should the Lakers and Cavaliers meet, it's something both Lakers and Cleveland fans will monitor over the next few weeks.

-- Mark Medina

Photo: Cavaliers point guard Mo Williams beats Lakers point guard Jordan Farmar to a loose ball during the second quarter in a regular season game last year. Credit: David Maxwell / EPA

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