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Clippers Mo Williams, Jamario Moon prepare to play against former teammates

Williams and Moon will face the Cleveland Cavaliers for the first time since they were traded to L.A. last month in the Baron Davis deal. Eric Gordon also is scheduled to return to action.

March 18, 2011|By Lisa Dillman
  • Clippers forward Mo Williams says it won't be hard going up against his former Cleveland Cavaliers teammates on Saturday.
Clippers forward Mo Williams says it won't be hard going up against… (Christine Cotter / Associated…)

Call it a fresh chapter, or maybe closure, for former Cavaliers Mo Williams and Jamario Moon and possibly the start of a healthy finish for Eric Gordon.

Williams and Moon are facing Cleveland for the first time since they were traded to the Clippers last month in the Baron Davis deal. And Saturday represents a return to action for Gordon, who has played only one complete game since Jan. 22 when he sprained his right wrist.

"It won't be hard," Williams said Friday. "Our competitive juices are going to get going. Just like at practice. I try to kill them in practice and I'm going to try to kill them in the game tomorrow."

Moon hit on a similar theme.

"I didn't want to leave my teammates in Cleveland. We had bonded real good," he said. "It's like going back to play against your brothers. Being in the new position, I've got a chance to make it a new beginning."

How will it be playing against them?

"Oh it's going to be fun," Moon said. "You've got siblings? You know how it is when you go in and compete against them. You always want to beat them at whatever you're doing."

Moon and Williams have fully embraced their new life with the Clippers, and the Southern California weather. Still, Moon spoke glowingly about Cavaliers' owner Dan Gilbert and said he had talked to former General Manager Danny Ferry earlier in the day, and Ferry had offered a recommendation regarding a Cleveland real estate agent.

"I was [first] sad but at the same time you look at the bright side of it," Williams said. "I told [Cavaliers GM] Chris [Grant], 'You could have sent me lot worse places.' And I respected him looking out for my best interest."

Gordon, the Clippers' leading scorer, reinjured his right wrist March 5 and has missed six games. Not only have the Clippers missed his scoring but also his attitude. Gordon summarily dismissed the idea that the Clippers have been tired of late.

"We're too young to be thinking like that," he said.

It is doubtful Davis will play Saturday against the Clippers. He joined the Cavaliers on Thursday for the game at Portland, played about 13 minutes and left the game because of back spasms.

Davis has been in Los Angeles following the death of his grandmother, Lela Nicholson. Nicholson essentially raised him and he used to joke that she didn't like to see him scowling on the court.

"I just felt like I needed to do something to clear my head and try to take my mind off things. I just jumped into a fire against a team that was hungry," Davis told reporters in Portland on Thursday, adding that he was at a loss for words.

He said he has been numb since Nicholson's death. She had taken a serious turn for the worse when the Clippers were at Oklahoma City last month, a day before they traded him.

"It's tough," an emotional Davis said at Portland. "I'm just, like, stuck for the first time in my life. I can't draw from anything, can't think, can't draw, can't find anything. There's no depth to the person, the character, who I am right now."

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