Goundhog Day for Marvin Williams

Marvin Williams is going to give it another try but his status for tonight’s Jazz-Magic game at EnergySolutions Arena is still undetermined.

Team officials on Wednesday said Williams will be a game-time decision. The 27-year-old forward continues to deal with symptoms related to a concussion he sustained Nov. 28 in New Orleans.

Wednesday’s prognosis was similar to the one he received Monday, prior to the Jazz-Clippers game. He was cleared to go through morning shootaround and met briefly with reporters to say he was hopeful of playing later that night.

Although he felt well Monday morning, a headache flared up in the afternoon and team medical officials held him out of the game.

The NBA has concussion protocols in place to protect players from returning prematurely, so even though he’s anxious to return to the court, Williams can’t play unless he passes a pregame evaluation.

“As long as my headaches don’t come back I (am) able to play,” he said. “Some of my headaches came back (Monday) afternoon and when I came back to the gym I got evaluated again and they just didn’t feel comfortable putting me back out there.”

Williams will again be evaluated prior to Wednesday’s game.

Once again, he was hopeful about playing.

“I feel a lot better,” he said. “I was really confident (on Tuesday) after I got my heart rate up and worked out a little bit at practice. None of the headaches came back so that was a really good sign for me. It really boosted confidence for me.”

In other injury news, the Jazz continue to face the prospect of playing without power forward/center Derrick Favors, a key piece of the team’s defense.

Favors, 21, is dealing with a case of Plantar Fasciitis in his right foot. He has been listed as “doubtful’ for tonight’s game.

If he sits out, it’ll mark the third consecutive game he has missed.

“The soreness went away, the swelling’s going down, so it’s starting to get better,” Favors said Wednesday morning.

Treatment for the injury consists of ice, heat, rest and “a couple of things I don’t know the name of,” he said.

The key seems to be rest, which Favors said isn’t much fun.

“It’s boring, man,” he said.

The Jazz (9-10) are coming off their first home loss of the season. In the Magic (7-10), they’ll see a team on the rise. Orlando is coming off two consecutive road wins, one over the L.A. Lakers (on Sunday) and the Golden State Warriors (on Monday).




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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