After sitting out the second half of the Utah Jazz's final regular-season game Wednesday night saying he felt he was hurting the team because he couldn't play his regular game due to the bruised tailbone area he suffered from a fall last Saturday against Denver, Deron Williams on Thursday was said to be fine and considered available for the first game of the playoffs.
"It's sore. It's sore. Just get some more treatment," Williams said Thursday morning following a team meeting at the Zion's Bank Basketball Center.
Trainer Gary Briggs said through a spokesman that Williams is fine, and the team is not listing him as "probable" or "day-to-day" or anything questionable like that.
"Deron's fine. He'll be all right," said backup point guard Ronnie Price, who played most of the second half in Williams' stead Wednesday and would stand to get more minutes in the playoffs if Williams is still sore.
"I think he's fine. I don't really know the details of his injury or the details of what was wrong, but he seemed really OK today, and I know Deron is a competitor, and he's not going to miss any games, especially in the playoffs. He's not going to miss this game," Price said.
After falling 109-80 Wednesday at San Antonio to lose homecourt advantage in the playoffs, the Jazz will open the first round as they did last year at Houston Saturday night.
Late Thursday, an NBA spokesman confirmed via e-mail that Jazz Center Mehmet Okur will not be suspended for an open-handed slap to the face of the Spurs' Fabricio Oberfor in Wednesday's third quarter. The league said the foul will remain a Flagrant 1 with nothing further in the way of penalties.
Okur explained the swipe by saying he was off-balance after going for the loose ball and trying to hit the ball that was recovered by Oberto.Okur and Williams lead the Jazz players in technical fouls this season with five each, but a flagrant is not the same as a technical. Coach Jerry Sloan had six technicals this season.