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While the Cleveland Cavaliers will be at far from full strength tonight when they play the fourth game of their six-game road trip in Phoenix, the Suns could have their starting lineup back intact.
And then some.
Backup center Alan Williams could make his first appearance of the season tonight for Phoenix, which is expected to welcome starters Devin Booker (triceps), Josh Jackson (knee) and T.J. Warren (back) back into the lineup after they missed a loss at Charlotte on Saturday night. They are listed as probable for the Suns (19-49) for tonight’s clash against Cleveland (38-28).
The 6-foot-8, 260-pound Williams has not played this season since undergoing arthroscopic knee surgery in the offseason. He participated in a full five-on-five practice Monday athletic is listed as questionable to face the Cavaliers, according to the Arizona Republic.
“He looked pretty good,” Suns coach Jay Triano said. “He did in practice what he did last year in games. He got a couple of second-chance opportunities, he kept the ball alive, he hit a floater off a pocket pass in the pick-and-roll. He looked like he hasn’t missed a beat. We’ll see how he responds.”
There is a chance Williams, who averaged 11.4 points and 9.1 boards after the All-Star break a season ago, could wait until Thursday’s game against Utah to return to action. That would allow him to get in another full practice Wednesday.
Williams, 25, a third-year pro out of the University of California, Santa Barbara, signed a three-year, $17 million contract with Phoenix after last season, only the first year (this season) being guaranteed.