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D-Will will start vs. Heat

10/25/2013

Brooklyn Nets point guard Deron Williams will start and make his preseason debut Friday night in Miami. He had been listed as a game-time decision.

Williams (sprained right ankle) made significant strides this week, and practiced fully for the first time Thursday.

His goal is to play in the team's regular-season opener Oct. 30 in Cleveland.

Nets coach Jason Kidd said veteran Kevin Garnett (rest) will get the night off.