Utah Jazz notes: Back, psyche hurt

Published November 11, 2009 11:18 pm
D-Will » Chiropractor helps injury, but PG is frustrated by losing.
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Deron Williams' day started on the sidelines at the Jazz's pregame shootaround, included a two-hour session with a local chiropractor and ended with a missile shot fired from his Twitter account.

"We got to change something bc [because] what we doing ain't working right now!" Williams wrote. "Don't know what but something?????"

If there was any positive from the Jazz's 19-point loss to the Celtics, it came with Williams emerging from the game unscathed.

He decided to play only an hour before game time, after declaring in the morning that his strained back had worsened.

"I felt pretty good, once I got in there and got loosened up," said Williams, who came out for just 2:53 in the first half but didn't play in the fourth quarter. "Once I sit, it stiffens up. It felt pretty good, compared to where I was this morning."

"I thought he played OK," Jazz coach Jerry Sloan added. "I can't worry. He's out there on the floor. That's not the reason why we lost."

An hour before the game, the Jazz still were waiting to fill in the starting point guard space opposite Rajon Rondo's name on their locker room board. Had Williams not played, rookie Eric Maynor would have started with the Jazz down to just nine players.

Williams provided the answer after going through warmups, crediting the chiropractic session with helping him make it onto the court. He had been trying to rest in bed, before learning that movement was best for his back.

"It's still stiff, but better," Williams said, adding: "I was probably going to play the whole time, I just like talking. You know how many games I've said I was going to sit out in my career and never did?"

The Jazz still played without backup point guard Ronnie Price, who continues to be bothered by the sprained left big toe he suffered in Monday's victory over New York.

Williams said he undergoes treatment before every home game as well as regularly on off days with Bruce Nielson, a Jazz-affiliated chiropractor. "He should be on this trip," Williams joked, expressing hope that general manager Kevin O'Connor would hear his plea.

Nielson has met up with the team during long trips in the past when his schedule allows.

Price, meanwhile, reported little improvement with his sprained toe, though he will remain with the Jazz for the final two games of this trip.

"I can't lie," Price said. "It's still sore. It's a sensitive spot, from the edge of my foot to the corner of my foot.

"My shoes rub against it when I walk, so I constantly feel it."

Price added that rest alone should be enough for his toe, saying, "Hopefully, I'll wake up one of these mornings and it'll just go away."

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