D-Will will start vs. Heat

Brooklyn Nets point guard Deron Williams will start and make his preseason debut Friday night in Miami. He had been listed as a game-time decision.

Williams (sprained right ankle) made significant strides this week, and practiced fully for the first time Thursday.

His goal is to play in the team's regular-season opener Oct. 30 in Cleveland.

Nets coach Jason Kidd said veteran Kevin Garnett (rest) will get the night off.