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Friday, December 28, 2012
Deron Williams starting vs. Bobcats

By Mike Mazzeo

EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. -- Brooklyn Nets point guard Deron Williams will start Friday night's game against the Charlotte Bobcats.

Williams missed Wednesday night's loss in Milwaukee thanks to a bruised right wrist.

"[Trainer] Timmy [Walsh] told me to sit and rest it," Williams said. "I feel like if I can go and play, I'm gonna go out there and play."

Before Wednesday night, despite being banged up because of a bunch of minor injuries, Williams had yet to miss a game this season.

"They wanted me to sit early when I had a lot of stuff going on with my elbows and my wrist. They wanted me to sit, but I just didn't," Williams said. "At the time, I didn't want to, because like I said, if I'm not injured where it's gonna hurt me, then I can play."

Williams, 28, is having the worst season of his career, averaging just 16.6 points and 8.0 assists on a career-low 39.8 percent shooting, 29.5 percent from 3-point range.

"It just hasn't clicked yet," Williams said. "My confidence is gone right now, and I gotta play my way, fight my way out of it."

Power forward Kris Humphries will miss his third straight game with a mild abdominal strain.

"I've been feeling it a few days before, and was actually getting checked out by the doctors before the first game I didn't play," Humphries said. "It was something where it had happened, and I hurt it more and more in warm-ups, and I just needed some time to get healthy."

Humphries, 27, is averaging 7.1 points and 7.4 rebounds in 25 games (20 starts) for the Nets. He'd recently fallen out of Avery Johnson's rotation, though Johnson was fired as coach Thursday.

"I really don't want to talk about the past," Humphries said. "I wish Avery well. He's done a lot for me. I'm thankful for that."

Forward Gerald Wallace, who has a hyperextended left knee, also will start. Forward Tornike Shengelia is out with flu-like symptoms.

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