The past month or so has been quite tumultuous for the Utah Jazz. They plummeted out of the NBA Playoffs at the start of March, but then fought their way back into the eight-seed with a five-game winning streak. However, when they had a chance earlier this week to maintain their hold on the eight-seed, they lost handily to the Denver Nuggets.
Yet, Mo Williams, who missed a significant portion of the season with an injury to his thumb and hand, has shown that he has been returning to form. When he first returned to action, he looked like a shell of himself. He was taking bad shots and his shot just looked bad. He also still wasn’t in game-shape.
Over the Jazz’s last five games, it seems like all of those things have returned to the way they were before the injury. In those five games, Williams has averaged 16 points, seven assists and 3.4 rebounds per games while shooting 45.2 percent from the field and 47.6 percent from long range. Just to add to how well he has played, he has hit all 14 free throws that he’s taken during this period.
Utah is still in a battle with the Los Angeles Lakers to see who makes the postseason. The Jazz currently trail the Lakers by a half-game for the eight-seed. However, the fact that Williams is finally starting to play like a solid point guard again, it’s promising for their chances of making the playoffs.
The Jazz are a team that derives most of their offense from their outstanding front-court which features Al Jefferson and Paul Millsap. When Williams is playing well, he provides their offense with a perimeter scoring threat. This opens up the game on the interior for Jefferson, Millsap and others. The Jazz may have a tough task ahead of them, but Williams playing well will surely help them reach their goal.