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Williams questionable for opener

By Jason Lloyd Published: October 26, 2010

Mo Williams is questionable for tomorrow's season opener against the Boston Celtics. Williams returned to the Cavaliers late Monday night and went through Tuesday's light practice, but coach Byron Scott said his previously injured groin needs re-evaluated and he needs brought up to speed on the offense. Scott instilled some new components over the five days while Williams was in Mississippi attending his father-in-law's funeral.

"We have to bring him up to speed," Scott said. "It's a matter of our team talking to him and looking at him. The therapist has to get his hands on him and see where he is as far as the injury he had. We'll re-evaluate him and go from there."

Ramon Sessions will start at point guard if Williams is scratched.

Other notes from Tuesday:
*** This marks Byron Scott's 28th season opener as both a coach and a player. He said they're all exciting in their own way, but he was most nervous for his debut as a rookie. "As a rookie, it's a little different excitement because you're nervous as hell," he said.

*** The Celtics have been a forgotten team in the East because of their age and all the moves the Heat made this summer, but Scott still loves Doc Rivers' talent. Scott considers Rivers one of his closest coaching friends in the league -- not surprising since both are former players. "They've got some size. When you add Shaq and Jermaine (O'Neal), that’s a lot of size. They're a team a lot of people have forgotten about, but they've been to two of the last three Finals. By no means should people disregard them because of Miami."

*** As a side note, a Boston radio station was encouraging fans to print out and wear Delonte West masks to "welcome" LeBron James tonight. West will not play tonight or tomorrow since he is serving a 10-game suspension for his felony weapons arrest last year while with the Cavs. In the story linked above, Shaq took a swipe at LeBron when he said West didn't respect anyone on the Cavs but him. "Last year, I don't think he (West) respected anybody but me on that team," O'Neal said. To be fair, O'Neal takes almost as many shots at former teammates as he does at a basket.

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