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Derrick Williams returns to Kings lineup after ‘little freak accident’

Sacramento Kings forward Derrick Williams (13) pulls don a rebound in the first quarter in Thursday nights game between the Sacramento Kings and Dallas Mavericks on February 5, 2015 in Sacramento.
Sacramento Kings forward Derrick Williams (13) pulls don a rebound in the first quarter in Thursday nights game between the Sacramento Kings and Dallas Mavericks on February 5, 2015 in Sacramento. jvillegas@sacbee.com

A player being injured before a game is not unusual.

“Guys have been working out before games and couldn’t go,” Kings coach Tyrone Corbin said.

But rarely is a player taken out by equipment, as Kings forward Derrick Williams was Tuesday at Chicago.

Williams sprained his right ankle when he tripped over a cord during pregame warmups and had to sit out the loss to the Bulls.

“I’m doing my warmup and a cord like that,” he said Wednesday, pointing at a large orange extension cord. “But it wasn’t taped down and (I) stepped and slid off the cord. A little freak accident. It happens.”

Williams returned to the lineup Wednesday against the Milwaukee Bucks at Bradley Center.

Williams said he had not been injured in that manner.

“Man, that’s the weirdest way,” he said. “Especially 45 minutes before the game.”

All-Star thinking – The Bucks have been one of the better turnaround stories this season.

After having the NBA’s worst record (15-67) last season, the Bucks doubled last season’s win total by beating Sacramento.

The Bucks do not have a player in Sunday’s All-Star Game, but Miami’s Dwyane Wade lobbied for Bucks guard Brandon Knight.

Wade was selected as a reserve by coaches but cannot play because of a lingering hamstring injury. Commissioner Adam Silver named Atlanta’s Kyle Korver as Wade’s injury replacement on the Eastern Conference roster.

Knight’s omission hasn’t diminished his contributions to the Bucks’ improvement in the eyes of coach Jason Kidd, who said, “Knight has had an All-Star year, even though he’s not on the All-Star team.”

“I think that it’s a great compliment when it comes from a peer, being able to get backing from one of the best in the league and him mentioning he should have made the team,” Kidd said.

10th edition – The Kings used their 10th different starting lineup of the season Wednesday.

In line with recent changes, Corbin started a smaller power forward for matchup purposes, going with Omri Casspi in place of Jason Thompson. Rudy Gay, DeMarcus Cousins, Ben McLemore and Ramon Sessions rounded out the lineup.

Williams had started for Thompson in those situations, but because Williams was coming off an injury, Casspi was the choice.

Milwaukee starts an undersized power forward in Jared Dudley.

Miller absent – Forward Quincy Miller is not with the Kings after his second 10-day contract expired following Sunday’s win over Phoenix. He will participate in the NBA Development League All-Star activities this weekend.

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