Wednesday, March 2, 2011
Deron Williams may miss London game
By Mike Mazzeo
New Jersey Nets point guard Deron Williams' status for Friday's landmark game in London against the Toronto Raptors is still up in the air.
In a Wednesday morning conference call with reporters, Williams said both his strained right wrist and bruised left hand are still bothering him, and could keep him out of the NBA's first-ever regular season game in Europe. As expected, he sat out Wednesday's practice.
"I don't know yet," Williams said. "I don't have either hand, so it's tough."
Williams said he needs about three to four weeks of rest for his right wrist to heal. However, as he put it, "I don't think the Nets traded for me to sit."
Williams suffered the strain on Jan. 26 while playing for the Utah Jazz and sat out four straight games. But immediately following his return to the lineup, the two-time All-Star re-aggravated the injury, which continues to hamper him.
He bruised the bone in his left hand during Monday night's 104-103 overtime loss to the Phoenix Suns.
In three games since being acquired by the Nets in a blockbuster deal, the 26-year-old Williams is averaging 14 points and 15.7 assists.
Mike Mazzeo is a regular contributor to ESPNNewYork.com.