Deron Williams to return vs. Knicks?

Updated: March 27, 2011, 1:53 PM ET
By Mike Mazzeo | Special to ESPNNewYork.com

New Jersey Nets point guard Deron Williams told The Star-Ledger of Newark, N.J., that he intends to play again this season.

"Yeah, I'm going to give it one more try," Williams told the newspaper before the Nets' 98-87 loss to the Atlanta Hawks on Saturday night. "Hopefully, I don't hurt it again, which is hard to do, because everything's so instinctive, with your hands and with your wrist."

Williams, who has missed the past five games with a strained flexor tendon in his right (shooting) wrist, told the newspaper he might return on Wednesday when the Nets take on the New York Knicks at Madison Square Garden in a game that will be televised on ESPN.

"Maybe I'll eye that New York game," Williams said. "It's a big game."

Head coach Avery Johnson told the newspaper that Williams will be re-evaluated after Monday's practice. Williams said he doesn't expect to play in Tuesday night's game against the Houston Rockets at the Prudential Center.

"We haven't discussed it, but I was probably going to play sooner than later, and one of these next couple games would be it," Williams said. "I think it would probably be better to play the second [game] of a back-to-back, instead of the first."

Williams suffered the injury on Jan. 26 when he was a member of the Utah Jazz. He has continually said that he needs to rest for three to six weeks for his right hand to fully heal. But doctors have told him he won't need surgery.

However, he is adamant that he doesn't want to sit out the rest of the season.

"I hate sitting out," Williams told the newspaper. "I could say I'm going to sit out for the season, but then I'm going to get over there and I'm itching, and I see we lose and I want to get back out there, so they didn't want to say 'the whole season' and then me play again."

In eight games with the Nets, Williams is averaging 14.8 points and 13.1 assists, but is shooting just 32.7 percent from the field and 28.6 percent from 3-point range.

Mike Mazzeo is a regular contributor to ESPNNewYork.com.

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