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How much will Williams play in Sunday's all-star game?

By Rod Zundel | Posted - Feb. 19, 2011 at 10:13 p.m.

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SALT LAKE CITY -- Utah Jazz point guard Deron Williams has an injured wrist, so how much will he play in Sunday's all-star game and who will make that decision?

"I don't know how much I'm going to play or whatnot," Williams said. "If I feel like it's hurting or anything like that I'll just ask them to go ahead and sit me."

The last thing we want is for anybody to get injured or make an injury that they already have worse.

–Gregg Popovich

Spurs head coach Gregg Popovich said, "The last thing we want is for anybody to get injured or make an injury that they already have worse. So if Deron needs to make sure he's not out there too much, then he'll make it known to me and I'll certainly ask him."

Williams will wait and see how his wrist feels Sunday. He was busy Friday at the all-star media session answering questions about Jerry Sloan's resignation and Ty Corbin taking over as head coach of the Utah Jazz.

"Ty is 30 years younger. He can relate to us a little bit better," Williams said. "A little bit easier to approach. A coach can be intimidating a little bit just because of his stature. He's a Hall of Famer and he's been here for so many years, it's hard for a lot of guys to approach him. So, that's a little bit of difference."

"We haven't gotten a win yet. And that will come. We've just got to get back to playing good basketball," Williams said.

For this weekend, he said it's a relief to get away from the controversial events of the past 10 days in Utah, relax and enjoy his time with the other all stars.

"For me just being here and playing with the best, to get voted in by the coaches, it says a lot. It says they respect your game and what you do for your team."

Williams said he and Coach Popovich will decide how much playing time he will get Sunday.

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