Williams missed four consecutive contests from Jan. 28-Feb. 2 due to a strained tendon in his right wrist.
Williams acknowledged Friday after a road win at Denver that he will likely be dealing with soreness the rest of the season. And while his injury this season is different than a wrist problem that he played through last year, the end result is the same: Williams is not 100 percent, but he is going to take the court anyway.
"It's going to be sore for a while," Williams said. "Every time I hit, land on it, get fouled, it hurts. It's just something I'm going to have to deal with. I dealt with it all last year for a month and a half, two months. So, it is what it is."
Jazz center Al Jefferson has been on an offensive tear in the past five games. Jefferson is averaging 21.2 points and 11 points during the run, and has alternated with forward Paul Millsap as Utah's most consistent scorer.
Jefferson's defense is still a work in progress; he sometimes plays too far away from the basket, and he likely will not be fully comfortable in the Jazz's offense until next season.
"The guy's done something for maybe all his life," Utah coach Jerry Sloan said. "And we're going to try and change it in three or four weeks? We aren't going to be able to. But he's been real cordial trying to understand what we're trying to do."
But with nearly two-thirds of the season complete, Jefferson has begun to find an offensive comfort zone with his new team. He is being more aggressive when he initially receives the ball, and digging deeper into the low post when possible.
"The goal was to put my game into this offense," Jefferson said. "I have averaged 20 [points] and 10 [rebounds]. I have proven myself in this league. I can go out and average 20, 10.
"Now, I'm healthy. There's no excuse. I'm learning this offense. I'm feeling more comfortable in this offense. My teammates are supporting me and the coaching staff supporting me. Jerry always saying, 'Get the ball inside.' "
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