SALT LAKE CITY -- Jazz veteran Marvin Williams said Wednesday he experienced soreness in his right heel last week but continued playing through it as he embraced his new role as Utah's starting power forward.
The 27-year-old was held out of Wednesday's game with Indiana at EnergySolutions Arena.
Starting center Derrick Favors moved to power forward and reserve Enes Kanter started at center against the Pacers, who earned a 95-86 victory.
Williams underwent surgery on his right Achilles during the off season and missed training camp and the start of the season.
As he left shootaround Wednesday morning with a walking boot on his foot, Williams reiterated the soreness was in his heel and not the Achilles tendon.
"It's not my actual Achilles, which is good news. It's just my heel," he said. "My heel is really inflamed right now. It's causing a lot of discomfort (and) putting a lot of pressure on my foot right now."
Williams said soreness he's experiencing now feels different from the pain he felt in his Achilles.
"It could be from the surgery," he said. "Obviously the time it takes to recover from that type of injury, it takes a little while. I kind of figured I'd have some kind of a setback at some point this season, it just came a little sooner than I thought it would be."
Williams has averaged 10.4 points per game through 13 contests this season, five of them starts.
He has been more effective since coach Tyrone Corbin moved him to the starting lineup, averaging 12.6 points vs. nine per game as a reserve.
"It was great having him back (and having) his leadership out on the court and his basketball IQ out there," Jazz guard Gordon Hayward said. "He makes the game easier for others."
Pacers 95, Jazz 86
* BEST LINE: In a losing effort, Favors scored 22 points on 9-for-18 shooting from the field, 4-of-4 from the free throw line. He also had 13 rebounds and did not have a turnover.
* KEY STAT: The Jazz were held to just 19 points in the third and fourth quarters respectively. Indiana, meanwhile, scored 48 second-half points on 52 percent shooting.
* HISTORY LESSON: On today's date in 2000, Jazz great Karl Malone moved past Wilt Chamberlain and into the No. 2 spot on the NBA's all-time scoring list. The Mailman scored 31 points in a 98-84 victory over Toronto, at the time giving him 31,443 for his career, 24 more than Wilt The Stilt.
Today, Malone remains in second place with 36,928 career points scored, trailing No. 1 Kareem Abdul-Jabbar by 1,459 points.
Another Laker, Kobe Bryant, is the NBA's active points leader.
* HELPING OUT: On Friday, the Larry H. Miller Group of Companies will conduct a Philippines relief service project in partnership with Stop Hunger Now.
As part of the NBA Cares Season of Giving, a group will gather on the EnergySolutions Arena concourse to help assemble a total of 40,000 meal packets to be delivered to families in the Philippines.
* INJURY REPORT: The Pacers were without forward Danny Granger (calf).
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