Deron Williams still uncertain vs. Knicks

Updated: March 29, 2011, 6:22 PM ET
By Mike Mazzeo | Special to ESPNNewYork.com

NEWARK, N.J. -- New Jersey Nets coach Avery Johnson reiterated before Tuesday night's game against the Houston Rockets at the Prudential Center that injured point guard Deron Williams remains day to day, and may play on Wednesday night when the Nets head to Madison Square Garden to take on the New York Knicks.

"He worked out this morning," Johnson said. "He'll do a little something tonight. Like I said, he's day to day. And we'll figure out if he's gonna play in a game this year or not. And if he does, we'll see how he gets through it, and we'll talk about the next one after that, if and when that happens.

"I'm probably gonna hear from [trainer] Tim Walsh sometime right before the game [Wednesday], so hopefully I'll have an update for you guys tomorrow before the game, because we're probably not gonna have a shootaround tomorrow. We may just have a little walkthrough before we get on the bus to go across town."

Johnson said the organization will make a "collective decision" to see if Williams can return. The 26-year-old All-Star has missed the last five games with a strained tendon in his right (shooting) wrist.

Williams initially suffered the injury on Jan. 26 when he was a member of the Utah Jazz. He told reporters on Monday that his wrist is "feeling good right now," but knows that could change. Williams regrets not sitting out right after the injury occurred.

"It probably would have been good now," Williams said. "But I was in Utah, we thought we were making a playoff push. If I would have known they were going to trade me, I would have just sat out."

Doctors have told Williams that he needs to rest three-to-six weeks for the injury to fully heal. He will not require surgery. However, he's repeatedly said he doesn't want to sit out the rest of the season, and would like to give it at least one more go.

The Nets (23-49) were eliminated from playoff contention Monday night.

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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