Brooklyn Nets point guard Deron Williams will play in Wednesday night's regular-season opener against the Cleveland Cavaliers.

It's just a matter of how much.

Williams, who suffered a sprained right ankle injury and a bone bruise during an offseason workout in Utah, didn't make his preseason debut until Friday's finale in Miami. He looked very good, though, scoring 11 points in 10 minutes.

"We'll keep an eye on him," Jason Kidd, who will not be allowed to coach due to his two-game suspension, said Tuesday. "Again, this is a process, so we're not gonna roll him out there for 40 minutes."

When asked about how many minutes he thought he could play, Williams responded, "I don't know. We'll see tomorrow."

Versatile reserve forward Andrei Kirilenko is unlikely to play Wednesday due to back spasms. Kirilenko is targeting Friday night's home opener against the Miami Heat to make his regular-season debut.

"I'm doubtful about tomorrow," Kirilenko said. "Right now, it's too early to say, but I'm aiming for the home game. We'll see tomorrow, the day after tomorrow how it's gonna get stronger."

Williams will have to match up against rising star Kyrie Irving, who averaged 22.5 points for the Cavaliers and shot 39.1 percent from 3-point range last season.

"It's a good test. It's definitely a good test for your first game back," Williams said. "I'm looking forward to just getting back out there and playing."

There were times throughout training camp and the preseason when Williams didn't think he would be playing Wednesday. He was limited throughout training camp and didn't get through his first full contact practice until Oct. 24, the day before the Heat game.