A sports hernia has Deron Williams sidelined, but the Dallas Mavericks point guard is optimistic and hopeful that he’ll return to the court soon.

D-Will was in the building for the Mavs’ shootaround Friday morning ahead of their meeting with the Detroit Pistons. He revealed to the media that he’s dealing with a sports hernia in his groin—and that he’s been playing through the ailment for the past several weeks.

“It’s been about a month. I’ve been playing through it and it’s progressively gotten worse,” Deron explained. “I’ve never had a sports hernia before and I was joking with them, ‘I think I have a hernia,’ and the MRI confirmed it.”

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No. 8 will still be spectating tonight for Dallas’s critical meeting with Detroit. The Mavs are currently in a three-way tie with the Houston Rockets and Utah Jazz for the final two playoff spots in the Western Conference.

The Mavs have seven games remaining in the regular season, including matchups with both Houston and Utah: the Rockets in Dallas on April 6 and the Jazz in Salt Lake City on April 11. With the precarious nature of his injury, Deron didn’t give a timetable for his return, but the three-time All-Star is doing all he can to return to help his team make a playoff push.

“I hope so. That’s the plan,” Deron said of returning before the postseason arrives. “It’s something that can be played through. Just got some good medicine in me and trying to rest it and strengthen (the muscles) around it so I can play through it. After some strengthening and rest, hopefully it’s something that’ll go away and I won’t need surgery. I’m taking it one game at a time. We’ll see how it goes.”

Friday night’s contest at The Palace of Auburn Hills will be the fifth game on the sideline for D-Will. His last time out was Mar. 23 in Portland, where he went for a 12-point, 11-assist double-double. But after that game, the pain grew.

“It got pretty bad in the Portland game, then practice that day (before Golden State), it was killing me,” he revealed. “I knew something was going on. I just didn’t know what it was. After the MRI and talking to the doctors, I’m definitely more optimistic. The anti-inflammatories I’m on have me feeling better. It’s just tough because the groin muscles are just so important in everything you do in basketball.”

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The Mavs are an even 2-2 with No. 8 out of action. They lost to the Golden State Warriors and Sacramento Kings without their starting point guard but rebounded with wins over the Denver Nuggets and New York Knicks.

After Friday night’s bout in Detroit, the Mavs will head to Minnesota to square off with the Timberwolves. After that, the Mavs close the season with five tilts against Western Conference playoff hopefuls—and Deron wants nothing more than to be on the floor as Dallas looks for its 15th postseason berth in the last 16 seasons.

“It’s not what I want to be doing right now,” he said. “We’re trying to make the playoffs, make a push. It’s frustrating to be on the sidelines watching in a suit.”

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