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Smith: Blazers G Elliot Williams Returns To Basketball Court

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Jason Smith of the Memphis Commercial Appeal reports that Portland Trail Blazers guard Elliot Williams played in the Bluff City Classic championship game on Thursday, marking his first action in competitive play since 2010 training camp. ------------------ Williams showed off a beefed up upper body and -- judging from his several gravity-defying dunks -- looked fully recovered from the pair of knee surgeries that sidelined him for all of last season. "I haven't played a game like this in a while -- since the preseason (last year), going 5-on-5 with referees," Williams said. "It felt good. I've been getting stronger working out with (Tigers strength and conditioning coach) Frank (Matrisciano) and (local trainer) Scotty (Mason)." Williams, matched up against [Memphis forward Wesley] Witherspoon for most of the night, certainly looked like a man among boys early, scoring 15 of the Magic's first 17 points in staking his team to a 14-point lead four minutes into the game. ------------------ Williams underwent dual knee surgeries during his rookie season. ed: bumped to front page. -- Ben Golliver | benjamin.golliver@gmail.com | Twitter
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