Mo Williams said after injuring his thumb Saturday night that it felt similar to the injury he suffered in 2008. That seems to be accurate. In 2008, Williams suffered a torn ligament, and he fears that is the case with this injury as well. An MRI Sunday revealed damage in the thumb, but he will be evaluated further as the swelling goes down.
According to Bill Oram of The Salt Lake Tribune, Williams knew immediately the injury was worse than a sprain. The damage revealed in the MRI was not specified, but it is likely that it revealed a tear. Williams is struggling to do even normal everyday tasks with the injury.
"I can’t even eat or brush my teeth," Williams said. "It was tough to bathe. That’s when I kind of knew it was significant like it was then. I just couldn’t utilize it. When you lose some part of your body when you get injured, you realize how significant that part of your body is."The loss of Williams will be a big blow to the Jazz going forward. He will still be an emotional leader from the bench, but the team will lose his veteran presence on the court. They will also lose his 12.9 points per game and his 6.7 assists per game.
The team and Williams are not yet ready to put a timetable on his return. In fact, the extent of the injury still is not completely known. In 2008, Williams had to undergo surgery. Hopefully, he will be able to avoid that this time around.