Mo Williams' fears came to fruition yesterday when the Utah Jazz announced that he would have to undergo surgery on his right thumb. The 30-year old guard hasn't played since injuring his thumb on December 22nd, and at the time he expressed concern that it was a similar injury to the one he had in 2008.
According to the official release from the Utah Jazz, Williams is scheduled to undergo surgery on Friday after getting another MRI and consulting with doctors. The surgery is expected to keep Williams out for six weeks. Here is a snippet of the official release:
Following the procedure, his thumb will be placed in a splint for approximately six weeks, at which point he will be re-evaluated. Williams will be able to participate in conditioning and restricted weight training during this time period.Williams has averaged 12.9 points per game and 6.7 assists per game this season. The veteran point guard has averaged 13.8 points per game and 4.9 assists per game in his career. In 2008, Williams suffered a similar injury to his thumb that also needed surgery.
In Williams' absence so far, the Jazz are 2-3. It will be difficult, but they will have to find ways to win without him. In the six weeks Williams will be out, the Jazz could find themselves hopelessly out of playoff contention. As it stands now, they are 16-17 and just one game behind the eighth and final spot in the Western Conference.