|ESPN.com: NBA||[Print without images]|
NEWARK, N.J. -- New Jersey Nets swingman Terrence Williams missed his third consecutive game Saturday night against the Orlando Magic with an abdominal strain he suffered in Monday's practice.
"That's what happens with an abdominal strain," Nets coach Avery Johnson said before his team's 91-90 loss to the Magic. "Abdominal strains and hamstrings are the worst. Those are the two I don't like. So he's just gonna have to fight through it. We'll evaluate him again tomorrow. We'll get him on the court tomorrow in Los Angeles. Get some shots up, see how he feels. We hope to have him at some point on the road trip."
Johnson was uncertain as to whether or not Williams would undergo an MRI.
"[Athletic trainer] Tim [Walsh] is gonna make that determination and our doctors," Johnson said.
The 6-foot-6 Williams, a second-year pro out of Louisville, has logged minutes at small forward, shooting guard and even point guard.
In six games this season, Williams is averaging 8.7 points, 4.8 rebounds and 3.8 assists in 24 minutes. He's shooting 43.4 percent from the field and 50 percent from 3-point range.
Forward Troy Murphy was back and came off the bench after missing Wednesday's game at Cleveland with a foot injury. Murphy went for an X-ray and an MRI on his foot Thursday, but the results were negative.
Veteran Kris Humphries started in Murphy's place against the Cavaliers, scoring 13 points and tying a career high with 18 rebounds in 40 minutes of action.
"I think when you come into training camp, we're all competing against each other for our roles and what we're doing on the court," said Humphries, who makes his second straight start on Saturday night against the Magic. "You play as hard as you can, try to establish yourself as what you are. And I try to come into every camp like this. This is no different than any other year."Mike Mazzeo is a regular contributor to ESPNNewYork.com.