Mo Williams to be a game-time decision against Hornets

Nov 27 2012 - 7:57pm


SALT LAKE CITY -- Injured Jazz point guard Mo Williams practiced with his teammates Tuesday and said he hopes to play tonight when they the New Orleans Hornets.

He also told a little secret.

After telling him he no longer needed to wear the walking boot protecting his sprained right foot, Jazz officials sent Williams home after shootaround Monday morning and told him he wouldn't be playing against the Denver Nuggets later that night.

"Don't tell them, but I snuck a workout in at home yesterday," he said. "I'm itching (to play). It's sickening to watch."

Williams, who missed games against the Kings and Nuggets, will be a game-time decision for tonight.

The fact he is out of the walking boot and was able to practice Tuesday bodes well for him, but he said the final decision rests with the team's medical staff.

"It's out of my hands, it's up to (head athletic trainer Gary Briggs)," Williams said. "I think his fear is he doesn't want me to go too soon and be sore, be out and game and all that stuff."

Williams said he wanted to play against the Nuggets but knew he wouldn't have been at full strength.

"Trust me, I wouldn't have been as effective," he said.

The Jazz came back from a 16-point deficit to beat the Nuggets 105-103 at EnergySolutions Arena.

Backup point guard Jamaal Tinsley played 35 minutes and scored 15 points while dishing out six assists. Earl Watson, who played just his third game since rehabbing from knee surgery, played 12 minutes.

Williams said he knows the point guard position is in capable hands.

"Jamaal was hell when I came into the league and I had to guard him in his days (with the Indiana Pacers)," he said. "Earl was hell when I had to go against him (with the Memphis Grizzlies). I remember him in Memphis and Seattle."

The Jazz (8-7) will be making their second visit to New Orleans (4-9) this month.

Utah lost 88-86 on Nov. 2.

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