Williams remains out of action with wrist injury

Deron Williams is officially out for tonight’s game against the Houston Rockets. It will be the fourth consecutive game the former All-Star has missed with a hyper-extended right wrist.

The Jazz are now listing Williams as having a strained tendon in his wrist.

Williams suffered the injury during a Jan. 25 loss to San Antonio.

Speaking to reporters after Wednesday’s shootaround, Williams said the injury occurred when he attempted to move Spurs guard George Hill.

His hand slipped and he wound up pushing Hill with just the tips of his fingers.

I just tried to move George Hill with my hand, with these fingers and I guess it’s kind of hard to move a human being with your fingers,” he said. “I found that out the hard way. I felt a pop. They said it was the tendon stretching.”

Wrist injuries are nothing new to the Jazz point guard, who missed time last season after falling on his right wrist.

This current injury is different than those of the past, he said.

They said soft tissue injuries are generally slower healing than joint or bone bruises, which is what I had last year – a jammed wrist,” he said.

I fell on my wrist 10 times this year and I can play through that pain all day,” Williams added.

When they face the Rockets tonight, the Jazz will also be without starting small forward Andrei Kirilenko and reserve center Mehmet Okur.

Kirilenko sprained his left ankle during Monday’s victory over Charlotte. Okur strained his lower back Jan. 28 against Minnesota.

Starting power forward Paul Millsap has been listed as “probable” with a dislocated finger and a severely bruised thumb.

After shootaround, Millsap said he planned on playing tonight.

I’ve got limited movement but I’m going to keep it wrapped up (and) play with it,” he said of the dislocated pinkie finger on his left hand.

Millsap suffered the injury during the first quarter of Monday’s game, but had the pinkie reset and returned to the game.

He wore a brace on his hand Wednesday.

Millsap if he puts on his uniform and steps on the floor he has no excuses.

If I get out and play, all that’s going to have to go out the window,” he said. “I’m going to have to play it out and do the best I can.”

Tonight will mark the 50th game of the season for the Jazz, who come in with a record of 29-20. They have lost seven of their last nine games.

The Rockets come in with a record of 22-28. They lost an overtime game to the Lakers on Tuesday.

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About Jim Burton

Jim Burton has worked for the Standard-Examiner since 1991. He has covered everything from the preps to Utah, BYU, Weber State and the Ogden Raptors. Currently he is the Standard's Utah Jazz beatwriter and its sports columnist.
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