Monday, May 25th, 2009 at 9:00 am  |  66 responses

Mo Williams on Elbow: ‘Cheap Shot’

by Marcel Mutoni

Mo Williams was not a happy dude during or after Game 3 of the Eastern Conference Finals. His team’s season was going down in flames, and his face had been turned into a bloody mess.

Anthony Johnson made a clumsy move into the lane midway through the second quarter last night, and in an attempt to create separation, slammed his left elbow into Williams’s face. In the postgame news conference, Mo let it be known of what he thought of Johnson. That is to say, not very much.

The Orlando Sentinel grabbed the quotes:

He needed four stitches to close cuts above and below his left eye, and was briefly taken to the locker room for treatment. When asked whether the hit was a cheap shot, Williams replied, “Most definitely.”

“That was the second time — you can recall the play when I dove out of bounds last game he gave me an elbow then,” Williams said. Williams said he has no previous history with Johnson, a reserve guard for the Magic.

“I’ve got bigger fish to fry,” Williams said. “I’ve got to figure out how to make some shots. I could care less about Anthony Johnson. He plays 12 minutes a game, I could care less.”

Some bad blood is brewing between these two teams, and even though Williams claims that the elbow will have no carryover effects into Game 4, it’s pretty clear that Cleveland needs to start delivering some of its own hits.

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    Someone’s going to get hit HARD the next game…..

  • http://fond_lopez004@yahoo.com alfonso


  • http://slamonline.com/online/category/blogs/fear/ Freedom Fries

    Yep, let your game speak for you Mo.

  • http://fond_lopez004@yahoo.com alfonso

    who will the bulls pick, trade or sign this summer??? Anyone???

  • http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=s35kBpvxfsc&feature=related James the balla

    lol omg … this guy is a b!tch!!! He was going for a layup, and his elbow barely touched him. He wasn’t doing it deliberately. What a p()ssy.

  • http://www.lkz.ch Darksaber

    poetic justice, you get arrogant, make unrealistic declarations (they can’t beat us), basketball karma’s gonna get ya. Get your head straight, don’t rely so heavily on the 3-ball, and get to the hoop more. Create opportunities for teammates. This Orlando team is one win away from sending ya on vacation. This cleveland team doesnt do enough to have a chance to come back from a 1-3 deficit.

  • http://hibachi20.blogspot.com/ Moose

    James, he did lift it up right into his face…

  • http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=s35kBpvxfsc&feature=related James the balla

    … Moose, you do play basketball. You keep the ball up if you think the defender will swipe to strip the ball. He can’t make his elbow disappear. It is part of the game. If you watch it, it just barely touches his face.

  • SWIFTboy

    Let’s face it. Anthony Johnson isn’t skilled enough to have done that on purpose.

  • http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=s35kBpvxfsc&feature=related James the balla


  • http://www.lkz.ch Darksaber

    i concur

  • http://www.shawn-kemps-offspring.blogspot.com Izzo

    Unintentional.Anthony Johnson has either a huge elbow or two elbow bones.

  • stokesey

    James the balla… if he barely touched his face, i think mo would have just a bruise let alone two cuts requireing stitches.. that said i hardly think it was a cheap shot.

  • http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=s35kBpvxfsc&feature=related James the balla

    Stokesey …. have you ever been in a fight? Sometimes the smallest movement of a limb can leave the biggest cut. Ecspecially elbows. They can be thrown sharp.

  • http://hibachi20.blogspot.com/ Moose

    Okay guys, I get it haha.

  • Kauhl

    I don’t get why people keep making fun of Anthony Johnson. Just because he looks like a vet? He’s a solid PG on his way to the Finals. AGAIN! I’d rather have him on my team than turd like Marbury, Boobie Gibson, Farmar or Derek Fisher.

    And Mo Williams is a loser. We know. STFU, son!

  • knock knock

    Is this the first time in an nba game where the refs make a flagrant call just because they see him bleeding AFTER the play??

  • http://hoops4life.com overtime

    whereas throwing the ball at the back of a guys head is not a cheap shot?
    more Mo talks more i dislike him

  • http://slamonline.com Spaceship Jay

    Apparently the Lord in Heaven has quite a since of humor… Throw the ball at Dwight hmmmm? Declare that they can’t beat you heeeyyy? Elbow to the face. Lose the game. Wear ridiculous lumberjack/S&M shirt at the postgame conference. Please be quite Mo. Please.

  • Teddy-the-Bear

    Mo Williams needs to stop talking so much and JUST PLAY. Has he shot over 40% this series yet? Didn’t think so. And if that unintentional elbow was a cheapshot, what does he call whipping the ball at Dwight Howard’s back?

  • Teddy-the-Bear

    James the balla reminds me of that old comedian, Carrot Top. Not funny.
    Que bad comeback/childish jokes… (drumroll***)

  • http://hoopsmanifesto.blogspot.com/ Jeff Fox

    Mo Williams was never that good of a player to begin with, but with everyone hyping him up this season apparently it has gone to his head. And that wasn’t a flagrant foul – he was driving in for a layup and was protecting the ball. The new NBA is so soft.

  • BostonBaller

    The elbow was hard but it’s playoff basketball. James’ forearm chops to defenders as he drives are harder. I hear a lot of contradictions spewing from Mo Williams mouth now. One minute “they can’t beat us” (But they have all season and in the playoffs) the next minute “you guys need to give us credit” (For what, weren’t they the new Beasts opf the East?) “they give us matchup problems”. Stop whinning and play hard on both ends. Craig Sager wouldn’t even wear his post game shirt!

  • http://slamonline.com Mike

    When mo made those comments about Orlando I chalked it up to a guy who has never been in the playoff wars running his mouth and doesn’t understand this is not the regular season it’s not Detroit or atl. Anthony Johnson has no history of foul play and people making fun of him he had 40 someodd points a couple years in the playoffs more than mo will ever have. Oh yeah mo get off of lebrons you now what and make your own name and step the hell up, your going to ruin the commercials!!!

  • BostonBaller

    Co-sign Mike. Anthony may not play a lot of minutes but he gives you quality minutes. I’d rather a player give me 12 quality minutes than one who gives me 40 mediocre minutes then turns around and wears a jacked up shirt while talking nonsense. James said it was a cheapshot but he also needs to shut it b/c he gets away with a lot fouls, so much so that he would be in foul trouble by the 4th quarter almost every game.

  • ron

    Talking about cheap shot, is it honorable to throw a ball to your opponent ? Mr.William did just that to Dwight in game 2.

  • Hawkfan

    I couldn’t agree more with you guys…Mo Williams is the most overrated player in the league. I dont know if it is because he plays with lebron now, but he has some sort of sense of entitlement and has never done anything in the league. He was a pity vote from stern to join the allstar game after 3 players got hurt. Stern had to give lebron a sidekick. He is playing as bad as any player in the postseason. Stucky, Bibby and Alston have all outplayed him!

  • Erik

    Mo Williams overreactor

  • Josh

    To Boston Baller. Hedo uses his elbow to create separation everytime he has the ball. Which in my opinion should be an offensive foul. Regadless of whos doing it it should be. You shouldnt be able to use body parts to create separation. And to all the haters. Cavs win in 6 games. Orlando did unlease the beast last night. Cavs may have blown two huge leads, but point is that they have the ability to get those huge leads. They will keep them the rest of the series.

  • CDef28

    Hey Mo, the dude might play 12 minutes a game but he certainly helps the Magic more than you are helping the Cavs right about na na na.

  • bill breedley

    Karma is a B! you throw a ball at dwight, you get a bow from dwight’s scrub. Karma is a B!

  • airs

    i remember when i used to like mo williams.
    barely, but i remember

  • Jess..Raps_fan

    that was a cheap shot, and we wont even get into the job the refs did on that play, or in the entire game/playoffs for that matter. Anthony Johnson did the same thing to Jose Calderon before, the only difference was that Calderon got it in the head instead of the face (in which johnson was ejected)and he elbowed Jose because he was owning him, unfortunately we cant say the same thing for Mo, but it coming…im not worried…yet… lets go cavs!

  • Jay Pee

    Till a year ago Mo Willams was such a small fish that nobody could care less about since he was stuck frozen with no TV time at all in the Milwauke river. That´s where he belongs.

  • larrylegend

    i say it again, mo’s a snitch. big words from someone, who hasen’t made much noise this playoffs (in any playoffs at all). long live a. johnson. this guy earned every minute on a nba court the hard way.

  • luke

    Used to like Mo Williams,but now he’s just a complaining lil b**ch..how about just letting your game do the talking.It wasn’t intentional by AJ,he was just trying to create separation,and if Mo hadn’t been hanging all over him it wouldn’t be a problem.Oh and didn’t Mo get away with throwing the ball at Dwight last game…that didn’t even get talked about as a suspension??The league being a bunch of lil b**ches will prolly suspend AJ for this,as they seem to do with all the Magic players.But Mo…….payback is a B**CH my friend!And also,whats up with the refs calling a foul EVERY SINGLE TIME LeBron goes to the hoop..you can’t even breathe on him and he gets the foul call!So obvious the league wants a LeBron/Kobe finals..even Slam is guilty of that,hence this last cover….no one can stop the better match up prevailing though,MAGIC ALL DAY!

  • http://www.slamonline.com Blinguo

    Kobe pushed Dahntay Jones onto his face while he jumped straight up for a rebound game 2, no call as the fast break was started. Jones comes back and gets a flagrant for pushing Kobe in the back game 3 in Denver on a more easily seen drive to the hoop. Just don’t talk and act on it if its that big a deal for you. But Mo worrying about Anthony backup Johnson inadvertent elbow = LeBron/Cavs worrying about seeing the Finals. Says he could care less but had to respond in kind as its a cheap shot, then another example to back it up.

  • http://www.slamonline.com Blinguo

    And and reminds of the ol Streetball 1/2 man 1/2 amazing before commercial break low post moves clear out example. “You use this 6 inch switchblade right here (your elbow) and clear out on your back to the basket pivot forward, then AAAHHH! Go right up over em” Poor camera dude/producer guy had no chance against the switchblade.

  • http://slamonline.com Mike

    Get your facts straight Blinquo jones didn’t get a flagrant just a wreckless play from a wreckless player!!

  • http://www.slamonline.com Blinguo

    He didn’t get a flagrant, as in 1 (no eject like w a 2)? That’s good to know I suppose. Less flagrants from here on out NBA. Doug Collins screaming/debating for a #2 on Johnson for 5 minutes last night was soo soo wrong.

  • daniel

    That wasn’t a cheap shot at all. Mo’s right and needs to start worrying about hitting shots because he is hurting the Cavs right now with his lack of production. The play was a clumsy move by Johnson and it was just an unfortunate basketball play for Mo but I don’t think at all it should of been a flagrant, and was stunned when they called a flagrant 2. I think that it was even debatable if it was an offensive foul on Johnson.

  • The Promise

    Not a cheap shot, just playoff basketball. Grow up Mo. Time to see how Cleveland responds to being down in a series.

  • http://www.sprint.com/pre dma

    Now i know why he shortened his name to Mo. Mo is just a short version of b!tch.

  • lebron….cavs

    dma shut up mo williams was hit hard by anthony johnson he got 2 friggin stiches anyways lebro needs help…..da man had 41 of clevelands 89 bench needs to step up……..GO CAVS

  • Teddy-the-Bear

    Anybody else find it annoying that Mo Williams was an All-Star over Hedo?

  • http://www.twitter.com/TheDiesel Anton

    Anybody else find it annoying that Retard Lewis looked like a virgin at the Playboy Mansion at the All-Star game?

  • billabong118

    obviously johnson’s elbow didnt just barely touch him dumbass he had to get stitches above and below his eye.. go cavs

  • luke

    ^^^^^^Idiotic comment..good job douchebag

  • http://galatasaray.org madamerica

    The only thıng Mo’s got going for him is that he’s on LeBron’s team.

  • that dude

    Who’s Mo Williams

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  • http://jameyburke.blogspot.com KobeWearsAPurpleThong

    Wahhh! It’s the Eastern Conference Finals. Ya think Bird, Erving or MJ would cry about an elbow in the E.C.F.? Toughen up.

  • Kevin aka Bill Bixby

    Mo Williams is the same dude that damn near started a Civil Rights march cause he didn’t make the ASG. He really needs to STFU and make shots to help Lebron

  • sab

    “i could care less”, here, makes absolutely no sense. the expression is “i couldN’T care less”. maybe the elbow knocked some of his brain out. or maybe he was a retard before anyway…

  • money

    its just so funny to see how people been dick suckin the cavs all year and now when they down they talkni all that bs. they down and it wasnt necessary,cause they already had them in game one. but this bandwagon switchers are just funny to me…

  • BostonBaller

    Josh, yes Hedo & many others use their elbows to create separation but the differnce is that James tends to continue with a second chop even after he has gotten past his man as if to say don’t try to get back in the play. Using “your body parts” to create separation is and should be legal. You use your butt and hips to carve out space on the blocks and you use your non pivot foot and leg to swing around and establish better position inorder to make a strong move to the hoop. (Not a crab dribble.) There are times when you can and should use all body parts and then there is a time and way you should not be able to. No hate from this end, I’ve already stated that James is a Beast on the court.

  • http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5qP6ig__PZk MooButter

    Some people are retardedly bias when it comes to commenting. Mo has a right to be upset about getting hit with an elbow, and needing stitches to close two cuts around his eye. Those saying it barely hit him and he’s a crybaby are the same saying he “whipped the ball” at “the back of Dwights head”. The play was dead and Howard chased him down for a block and hit Mo in the head. Mo then chest passed the ball off Howards back to show his dissapproval of the play. Not malicious, couldn’t have injured Howard in any way. Mo needs to stop talking and play. Half of you on this thread need to stop posting and check your facts, be reasonable.

  • jbud

    You guys need to stop your homer orlando bs talk and actually look at the play and thank your lucky stars that the nba not only cannot ref games, but can’t use instant replay either..i didn’t think it was that bad until i saw it agian on youtube…omg..he was clearing mo’s head out with his elbow..it was completely intentional..i just don’t see how it wasn’t intentional…he was trying to clear out space and he used his elbow as the device to clear that space and his elbow struck mo in the face..horrible call byt the nba..but in the end who really cares..i mean, would it change the game to have anthony not play..no…

  • truthteller

    what about when Mo threw the ball at Dwight Howard and somehow all 3 refs didn’t see it? Did you have a problem with that too?

  • http://www.youtube.com The Promise

    @MooButter: Neither one of these teams are my favorite, but that elbow was nothing compared to what Rondo did to Brad Miller back in the first round, and if you watched it, you would remember that they didnt even call a flagrant. He practically punched him in the face, and now, yall are saying that an elbow to the face on a drive to the basket is a flagrant, come on people. Cleveland hasnt had to deal with anything like this the first 2 rounds.. They’ve been punched in the mouth, and they aren’t responding the way you would expect them to.

  • http://errr DwightFan;D

    Mo Williams right now is becoming more and more pathetic as we speak. Talkin about “Oh most definitely it was a dirty move.” OKAY Mo Williams, OKAY, Throwing a Ball at dwight isn’t dirty? and Let me just begin to wonder why they didn’t call that a Technical? If Alston did that, I guarantee you would have been seeing Alston ejected I reckon.’ They think there going to magically come back with no try and just Jump right on LeBron’s 280 pound ass and make it to the finals, well I got news for ya!’ Ain’t no way you’re getting through in Dwight’s house without trying little buddy! Oh your so cute, it almost makes me want to puke…”I don’t think they can beat us in 4.” Well Mo, Guess what, they already have 2, stole 1 over there at Clevland, and almost got 2 as a matter of fact, and they got one more game over here, they might go up 3-1 tonight it LeBron doesn’t score, I don’t know, perhaps 50? Since you guys suck too bad to help him at all. It’s Basically Lebron and a little hint of Delonte West vs the Magic, and just the little boys comin off the sideline to give a few points. If they win tonight, it should’ve rightfully been a 4-0 Sweep, but your lucky your little Heavenly LeBron took you guys to the promise land of what seemed a 2-0 series. Anyways, that’s all. Good Luck winning tonight Mo, you guys will need it.

  • http://twitter.com/TH3_R3AL_CHRIS Young Chris MP3

    Mo does a lot of talking for a perennial loser.

  • masterdeviance

    Once a scrub, always a scrub. Mo’s the kinda player that does great in the regular season and in the early playoffs against crap teams. Give him a challenge like the Magic and he wilts like a dead flower.

  • Deonte Moore

    Man ain’t that something, his face is jacked up. If thatwas me it would’ve been a problem. But Mo Williams is a great ball player and will always be a great player. The Magics are some straight wuss-wusses because of wat they did. People say they’re pussies because they just are

  • Deonte Moore

    Ay yo dma i don’t even know u and it sounds like u wish u was Mo and shut up loser because he play ball better than u …. u can’t determine that he’s a B!t*h.I bet i know more than u and i’m just 12 1/2 years old goin’ on 13 in september

  • Deonte Moore

    dma Mo is his middle name and your opinion is very pushy and aggressive(laughing my butt off)