Dallas Mavericks point guard Deron Williams doesn’t know when he’ll be able to play again after an magnetic resonance imaging test discovered he has a sports hernia.
Following the Mavericks’ shootaround this morning at The Palace of Auburn Hills, Williams said he had been dealing with and playing through this injury for about a month. An MRI confirmed on Monday what Williams thought he already knew, and he has since been taking anti-inflammatories to help alleviate the situation.
Williams just hopes the injury doesn’t require surgery.
"I’ve been playing through it and it progressively got worse and worse,’’ Williams said. "I’ve never had a sports hernia before, so I didn’t know what it is.
"But I’ve been joking with (head athletic trainer) Casey (Smith) and telling him "I think I have a hernia.’ And then after the MRI, it kind of confirmed it.’’
Williams will miss his fifth consecutive game tonight at 6:30 when the Mavericks (37-38) play the Detroit Pistons (40-35).
The 12-year veteran doesn’t know how long he’ll be sidelined, but said the plan is for him to return at some point before the regular season ends.
"It’s just one of those things you kind of just got to figure out how much pain you can tolerate playing through,’’ Williams said. "In talking with them it’s something that it can be played through and hopefully strengthen, and after rest and stuff like that it’s something that’ll hopefully go away and I won’t need surgery for.
"That’s kind of the point right now.’’
Williams is second on the Mavericks in scoring (14 points per game) and leads the team in assists with 5.8 per contest.
"It got pretty bad in the (March 23) Portland game, and then the practice that day I tried to do a little bit and it just was killing me,’’ Williams said. "I knew something was going on, I just didn’t know what it is.
"I had a feeling what it was, but after the MRI and talking to the docs I’m definitely more optimistic. The anti-imflammatories that I’ve been on have me feeling a little bit better.’’
Coach Rick Carlisle wouldn’t say if Williams will be able to play in Sunday afternoon’s game at Minnesota.
"He’s doubtful for today, and then we don’t have a timetable, really,’’ Carlisle said. "He’s getting a little bit better, but we’ll see.
"I can’t tell you exactly what’s going to happen.’’
Williams played 39 minutes and finished with 12 points and 11 assists in the Mavericks’ 109-103 loss at Portland on Mar. 23. And with the Mavericks in a heated playoff race, it’s been extremely difficult for Williams to sit and helplessly watch his teammates.
"It’s not what I want to be doing right now,’’ Williams said. "We’re trying to make the playoffs and make a push.
"It’s frustrating to have to be on the sidelines watching in a suit.’’
How long will Williams be sidelined?
"I’m just taking it one game at a time,’’ Williams said. "I’ll just see how it goes.
"Your groin muscles are just so important in everything you do in basketball.’’