Utah Jazz point guard Deron Williams had to take a 20-second timeout in the third quarter of Monday night's win at Sacramento due to pain in his still-healing right wrist.
Williams, playing for the third time after missing four consecutive games because of a strained tendon, appeared to re-injure the shooting wrist on the defensive end as he tried to work his way around big men Al Jefferson of the Jazz and DeMarcus Cousins of the Kings.
But he wasn't sure if that's what did it or not. Williams called the timeout after making a pass on Utah's next trip down the floor, and immediately began flexing the wrist while sitting on the Jazz bench. After sitting out for a short while, he returned with a black brace replacing the white tape he previously had on the joint.
"I hit it a couple of times again (Monday), pushed it back a couple times," said Williams, who had the wrist wrapped in ice after the game. "You know, it hurts on pretty much everything I do. So it's something I'll have to deal with, I'll have to play through."
That apparently includes Wednesday night, when former Jazz players Carlos Boozer, Kyle Korver and Ronnie Brewer return to Utah with the Chicago Bulls. It will be the first time all three have been back since leaving Utah, Boozer and Korver as free agents last offseason and Brewer in a deadline-day trade with Memphis.
"It's gonna be a fun game, you know?" Williams said. "Definitely we'll be up for this one. I'm sure they will too."
Williams said he hasn't spoken much with Boozer lately, but he did recently talk with Korver and Brewer and planned to have dinner with both on Tuesday night. All Jazz coach Jerry Sloan cares about, though, is Wednesday night and if his point guard, named last week to play in his second straight All-Star Game, can go.
"He's had a tough time," Sloan said of Williams, who finished with 21 points and nine assists in the Utah win Monday. "He's missed four games with it. It's just one of those things."
JAZZ 107, KINGS 104: Utah had all five starters score in double figures, topped by center Al Jefferson's 23 points, and got another 11 points off the bench from backup center Kyrylo Fesenko in a win at Sacramento on Monday night. Jefferson put the Jazz up by four with a dunk that made it 105-101, and Utah held on the rest of the way behind 2-for-4 foul shooting from Andrei Kirilenko. The Jazz (31-22) shot 48.9 percent from the field despite 1-for-9 shooting from 3-point range. Utah, aided Monday by a seldom-used zone defense that seemed to rattle the Kings in the late going, improved to 22-4 this season when hitting the 100-point mark before its opponent.
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