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Mo Williams: Elbow Was a Cheap Shot

Posted by r1zzo23 on May 25, 2009



During the post-game press conference after the Cavs’ game 3 loss in Orlando, Mo Williams answered “Most definitely” when asked if the elbow that Anthony Johnson hit him with was a cheap shot.

Johnson drove to the rim on a play in which the referees whistled Williams for a foul. But after the contact, Johnson’s elbow flared out and struck Williams in the face. Williams suffered lacerations and bruising above and below his left eye. Johnson was called for a flagrant foul.

When pressed again by reporters, Williams said, “I could care less about Anthony Johnson. He plays 12 minutes a game.”

Frustrated much, Mo? It’s understandable to be a little upset about being cut open from an elbow, but to go out and say that it was a dirty play or a cheap shot is a bit out of line, in my opinion. Obviously Hedo was right, maybe the Magic really are in the collective head of the Cleveland Cavaliers. If it weren’t for LeBron James’ miracle three to win Game 2, Orlando would have the brooms out ready for the NBA Finals. Also, Mo Williams isn’t exactly having a good series, so I’m sure that is frustrating him even more. Either way, it’s time for Mo to stop complaining and start becoming LeBron’s Robin like he has the entire season.

Anyone that has ever played a pick-up game knows that some people inadvertently throw an elbow when making their move to the basket. This is usually to create space between yourself and a defender behind you. Heck, I’m going to be playing basketball today and I know for a fact that one of my friends does it every time he slashes to the hole.  I have caught quite a bit of elbows from him directly in the sternum. It doesn’t feel good, but I usually laugh it off. If I caught one under the eye, I would never call it a cheap shot as I know in the game of basketball that sometimes elbows jet out away from the body. It’s a part of the game. Getting upset about Anthony Johnson busting up your pretty face is acceptable, but calling it a cheap shot is ludicrous.


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