Utah Jazz: Second opinion -- Williams out four to six weeks
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Posted: 1:11 PM- Deron Williams went for a second opinion Thursday on his sprained left ankle and learned that his timetable for returning would be four to six weeks as opposed to the minimum two weeks that the Jazz originally set after the Oct. 18 injury.

"They just said two weeks because they knew I didn't want to hear four to six weeks, probably," Williams said at Friday's pregame shootaround. "Dr. [Lyle] Mason knows me. Now I wish they would have, so I wouldn't have got my hopes up."

Williams said he believed he was "ahead of schedule" as far as his recovery, but his availability for the Jazz's upcoming five-game road trip is far from certain. If he did miss four weeks, Williams wouldn't play until after the Jazz return home.

Williams said he would like to get in a full practice before playing for the first time. The Jazz won't have the opportunity before Sunday's game at New York and will play four games in five nights after that to finish the trip.

The two sets of back-to-back games are far from ideal for a player returning from injury, which led Williams to suggest that he would "maybe do the Matt Harpring and play one of them."

Williams said the doctor who gave him the second opinion reexamined his original MRI exam results. He did not know if he suffered a more severe sprain than what was initially believed.

Although he is making progress, Williams said he was still feeling pain and discomfort, especially when he tried to make spin moves. "I wouldn't want to put myself in that position right now to be hurt," he said.

With the Jazz opening 4-0, there is little pressure for Williams to rush back before he is fully healed. "I think we have a couple more winnable ball games without me."

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