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Saturday, October 19, 2013
Notes: D-Will's status still in limbo

By Mike Mazzeo

EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. -- If you’re looking for definitive answers regarding Deron Williams' injury status, you’re not alone.

A quick synopsis: Williams sprained his right ankle and suffered a bone bruise during an offseason workout in Utah. The Nets then told reporters he’d be ready to go by training camp. But Williams has been limited in practice ever since, and has yet to play in a preseason game.

There is no word on whether he’ll play in the team’s regular-season opener in Cleveland on Oct. 30.

“We’re only on Oct. 19. I’m just trying to get to the 20th,” Nets coach Jason Kidd said Saturday.

When asked if Williams could play in one of the team’s two remaining preseason games, Kidd replied, “I have no idea. I’m just worried about what he can do tomorrow.”

When asked if something changed with his point guard’s status, Kidd said, “That we’re taking it day by day. Keep searching. It’s a record. Just push play.

“It’s just the process of day to day. Things change. You go forward, you might take a step back, but we’re only going forward right now.”

The Nets have said they want to be careful with their franchise player. Williams has said his goal is to be ready for the regular season opener.

Kidd said no further tests are scheduled for Williams.

“He’s out there doing the stuff the doctors and trainers have cleared him to do,” Kidd said. He looks great. So we’ll see how he feels tomorrow and see if he can do a little bit more.”

This all may turn out to be much ado about nothing. Or maybe not. Who knows.

• The Nets did get some good news on Andrei Kirilenko.

Kirilenko, who has missed the past three preseason games due to back spasms, returned to practice on a limited basis Saturday. He hopes to be able to get through a full practice Sunday.

He hopes he’ll be able to play in Boston on Wednesday night. Kirilenko has dealt with back spasms in the past.

“It’s not difficult to deal with it, because over the years you kind of already have a little bit of a routine of how to deal with it,” Kirilenko said. “It usually takes like six-seven days. As soon as the pain arrives I’m like, 'OK, I’ll slow down and do some recovery process.' Sometimes we play three games in four nights, it doesn’t help.”

Kirilenko said his back spasms usually occur once or twice a year.

• Also on the injury front: Tyshawn Taylor (sprained right ankle) returned to practice. Tornike Shengelia (offseason surgery) was limited again.