D-Will: Comfortable coming off bench

BOSTON -- Brooklyn Nets point guard Deron Williams says he's comfortable coming off the bench as long as the team's starters keep playing well.

"I'm all for the team. It doesn't really matter to me," said Williams, who came off the bench in Friday afternoon's 109-107 victory over the Boston Celtics following a two-game absence due to a strained right calf and had eight points, four assists and four rebounds in 21 minutes.

"I'm still trying to get my rhythm back and obviously I'm on a minutes restriction right now, so I'm all for it."

Nets coach Lionel Hollins has been starting Jarrett Jack, Sergey Karasev, Joe Johnson, Kevin Garnett and Mason Plumlee during the team's season-high three-game winning streak. Center Brook Lopez, who had missed eight straight games due to a strained lower back, has come off the bench the last two games after starting his previous 351 games.

Williams came off the bench in six games last season following his return from an ankle injury.

He sported a wrap on his calf while sitting on the bench.

"Just to heat it up, keep it hot, keep it warm," Williams said. "I felt pretty good considering I haven't done much in the last couple days."

Jack is averaging 19.7 points and 7.7 assists in the past three games. On Friday afternoon, he had 27 points, seven rebounds and five assists. He also hit what proved to be the game-winning shot -- a floater in the lane with 27.5 seconds remaining.

"The first group is going well together right now, so there's no reason to change anything up," Williams said.

Williams, 30, is averaging just 15.3 points and 6.7 assists on 40.3 percent shooting this season.

The Nets and Sacramento Kings recently had trade talks about Williams, sources told ESPN.com, but those talks have since cooled. Brooklyn let teams know in early December that Williams, Lopez and Johnson were all available via trade, sources said.

Williams, however, did not want to address any of the talk, preferring to keep his focus on the season at hand.

"When a trade is final, then I'll talk to y'all about trade rumors. How about that?" Williams said. "When a trade happens I'll talk about trade rumors because then it'll actually be a trade."