Utah Jazz face second game without Williams

Published: Sunday, Jan. 30 2011 12:58 p.m. MST

The Utah Jazz will play their second game in a row without injured Deron Williams when they visit the Golden State Warriors tonight.

The Jazz only hope the result of this 8 p.m. ESPN-televised contest is as favorable as the first game D-Will missed this season -- Friday's 108-100 home victory over the Minnesota Timberwolves.

Williams suffered a hyper-extended right wrist Wednesday, when he strained a tendon early on in his 39-point explosion against San Antonio. This is the same wrist that bothered him last season.

An MRI taken Thursday revealed no further damage, but the wrist was so sore that Williams couldn't even hold a ball Friday. He traveled with the team to Oakland and was officially listed as a gametime decision, but a team spokesman announced after this morning's shootaround session that Williams has been ruled out of action tonight.

The Jazz will also be without center Mehmet Okur, who stayed in Utah after receiving an cortisone epidural in his strained lower back Saturday morning.

The status of Williams and Okur for Monday's game against Charlotte at EnergySolutions Arena remains unknown.

The other 11 Jazz players will be available for tonight's game, including backup big man Kyrylo Fesenko, who missed the previous three contests with a sinus infection.

Utah will try to win its second game in a row following its six-game losing streak, but the Jazz suffered an 85-78 loss at Oracle Arena the first time they played the Warriors there this season on Nov. 5.

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