Dallas Mavericks point guard Deron Williams will be sidelined for at least two games due to an abdominal strain.
Williams revealed that he has been dealing with the injury for a couple of weeks and aggravated it during his side’s game against the Portland Trail Blazers on Wednesday.
As a result, he did not play against the Golden State Warriors on Friday or the Sacramento Kings on Sunday.
Williams admitted that he is frustrated by the timing of the injury as the Mavericks are in a battle with the Houston Rockets for the eighth and final playoff spot in the Western Conference.
“It hasn’t let up since,” Williams told reporters. “I tried to do a little bit today in practice, but it was pretty painful.
“It’s definitely frustrating right now. We need every game we can get. It’s no time to be sitting out. If I didn’t feel like I’d be hurting myself and my team by being out there, I’d definitely want to be out there.”
In the 62 games the 31-year-old has played this season, he has been averaging 14.0 points, 2.9 rebounds, 5.8 assists and 1.0 steals per game.