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Thursday, December 27, 2012
GM expects Deron Williams back

By Mike Mazzeo
Special to ESPNNewYork.com

EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. -- Brooklyn Nets general manager Billy King sounded optimistic that point guard Deron Williams and power forward Kris Humphries will be back in the lineup for Friday night's game against the Charlotte Bobcats.

Williams missed Wednesday night's loss in Milwaukee because of a bruised right wrist, while Humphries has missed the past two games because of a strained abdominal muscle.

"I think (Deron) will play," King said Thursday. "I think Kris (will) probably (play); he was in getting treatment. I would be surprised if both those guys didn't play tomorrow."

Williams had started each of the team's first 27 games before missing his first one of the season on Wednesday night. He fell hard to the floor during the team's loss to the Boston Celtics on Tuesday afternoon and landed on his wrist. Williams has been dealing with a litany of minor injuries this season.

Williams, 28, is having the worst season of his career. He's shooting a career-low 39.8 percent from the field and 29.5 percent from 3-point range. He's averaging just 16.6 points per game, his lowest output since 2006-07, his second season in the NBA.

His 8.0 assists per game is his lowest output since his 2005-06, his rookie year.

Humphries recently had fallen out of favor with coach Avery Johnson, but Johnson was fired Thursday.

Humphries, 27, is averaging 7.1 points and 7.4 rebounds in 25 games (20 starts).