Jazz: Williams suffers bruised leg
Orlando, Fla. » As bad as Sunday's loss was for the Jazz, it could have been worse had Deron Williams suffered a more significant injury when he went down in the second quarter after getting kneed in the left leg as Dwight Howard set a screen.
Williams got caught just below his knee on the play, with assistant Phil Johnson having to call timeout to get him out of the game. Williams went to the bench with 5:07 left in the half, but returned to play 18 minutes in the second half.
"At first I didn't know," Williams said. "Then it started loosening up and got stiff as I went back out there and played on it and it'll probably get a lot more stiff on the flight home. But it's muscle so it should hopefully heal. Hopefully, it doesn't swell up like the last one."
Williams had to miss the Jazz's Feb. 2 victory over Charlotte after getting hit just above the knee on a similar play involving Portland's Greg Oden.
Williams was able to finish that game as well, but the swelling in his knee from the bruised quadricep forced him to sit out against the Bobcats. He said he would have his knee wrapped on the flight home Sunday, something he didn't do previously.
After he was replaced by Ronnie Price, Williams stayed on the bench with an ice bag wrapped around his knee, instead of leaving for the locker room. He played in the second half with a protective pad on his leg just below the knee.
"It kind of puffed up a little bit," Williams said.
Having been ejected from Sunday's game only 2:12 in, Jazz coach Jerry Sloan admitted that he didn't see Williams go down. "At that particular time, I wasn't watching a lot of it," Sloan said. "I was still trying to get over my own problems."
After playing a career-high 54 minutes in Saturday's triple-overtime loss to Miami, Mehmet Okur went 0-for-7 with three points in 13 minutes against the Magic.
Okur sprained his right ankle at the beginning of the Heat game and had his ankle retaped in the first quarter. He played through it Saturday, but felt the full effects a day later.
"I felt sore in the morning and I just wanted to go out there, try to give my best," Okur said. "Kind of sore, but nothing swelling, just a bone. I think I'm going to be OK."
The Jazz used all 12 players in the first half, with Matt Harpring, Jarron Collins and Ronnie Price all seeing action. Price had not played on the trip, Collins had not played in the previous three games and Harpring did not get off the bench in the triple-overtime loss.
Howard had a 12-point, 11-rebound double-double in the first quarter alone. His 28-point, 20-rebound effort was his seventh 20-20 game this season. ... Carlos Boozer had 23 points and 13 rebounds in 34 minutes. ... Orlando went 11 of 34 from three-point range, the most three-pointers attempted by a Jazz opponent this season.