Alvin Williams steps it up

MIKE KOREEN -- Toronto Sun

, Last Updated: 8:21 AM ET

Alvin Williams took another step toward playing a real game yesterday.

The Raptors point guard, who missed all of last season after undergoing surgery on his right knee, took part in his first full scrimmage yesterday during practice.

"(Monday), I practised two hours, which was the longest I've practised, and I came out (yesterday) and scrimmaged and it felt pretty good," Williams said.

Williams will not play in the Raptors' pre-season opener tonight against the Utah Jazz at the Air Canada Centre.

When asked if he has a target date for a game, Williams said, "As soon as possible. I haven't really gone over the schedules with the coaches, the trainers and the doctors. Right now, my body feels like I can go out there and play. I've just got to get into condition. My conditioning is not that good."

When he does return, Williams might have to make a few adjustments to his game.

"Right from the beginning, I won't be jetting down the court," he said. "I've just got to guard people a little differently.

"Sometimes I may have to give up something in order to compensate for the lack of (recent playing time)."


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