CLEVELAND -- Brooklyn Nets point guard Deron Williams said he will undergo an MRI on Saturday after exiting Friday night's 95-91 loss to the Cleveland Cavaliers in the second quarter due to a strained right calf.
Williams was optimistic about the injury, however, because the team's medical staff did not think it was too bad.
Williams said his calf began feeling a little tight once Friday's game started. He came out for a bit and stretched it, but it got worse after he made an assist to his backcourt mate, Sergey Karasev, and then went back to play defense.
Williams then made a jump pass with 4:37 remaining in the second quarter, landed on his toe and felt a sharp pain. He came out of the game and limped to the locker room accompanied by trainer Tim Walsh. He did not return.
"I don't wanna miss any games," Williams said. "I've missed enough the last couple years, so I wanna try to play all 82 if I can."
He plans on receiving a lot of treatment and hopes to return to the lineup Sunday night when the Nets take on the Detroit Pistons at the Barclays Center.
Jarrett Jack is the only other point guard on the roster that receives regular minutes. The Nets just acquired Darius Morris as their third point guard, but he is still learning all the offensive plays.
Williams previously dealt with a strained right calf injury during the lockout-shortened season, which caused him to miss nine games total. In recent seasons, Williams has dealt with a litany of injuries, notably to his ankles.
Williams, 30, is averaging 15.6 points and 6.8 assists for the Nets (10-15). He is shooting 40.3 percent from the field.
Brooklyn is already without center Brook Lopez, who has missed the last seven games due to a strained lower back. There is expected to be an update on Lopez's status Saturday. He traveled with the team to Cleveland.