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Williams returning to Cavs tonight

By Jason Lloyd Published: February 11, 2011

Point guard Mo Williams will come off the bench in tonight's game against the Los Angeles Clippers. Williams' addition to the rotation is a bit of a surprise, since coach Byron Scott kept listing him as doubtful most of the week.

Williams hasn't played since the Cavs' West Coast trip in mid-January. He received a cortisone shot in his ailing hip and has missed the last 13 games, but now says he is healthier than he has been at any point this season.

"I've got a pep in my step," he said.

Williams strained his groin prior to the start of training camp and has been a walking medical case all season. His shooting percentages are the lowest since his rookie season (he's shooting just 27 percent this season on 3s) and he's averaging 13.6 points per game -- the lowest in five seasons.

"I was playing injured," Williams said. "We made the decision to shut me down and make sure we got it to 110 percent. I haven't felt this good at all this season. No discomfort or limitations at all."

Scott has said Williams will return to the starting lineup. It has been his standard procedure to bring guys off the bench when they're returning from injuries.

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