Follow the Nets' return to New York with Newsday's Rod Boone.
Deron Williams re-injures ankle, leaves game vs. Bobcats
CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- The Nets welcomed another member of their walking wounded back last night.
Well, for nearly two whole quarters at least.
After sitting out the past two games with a sprained left ankle, Deron Williams returned to the mix against the Bobcats, only to leave late in the first half when he re-injured himself, forcing him to sit out the second half with another left ankle sprain.
With just over three minutes remaining in the second quarter, Williams landed on Kemba Walker’s foot as he followed through on a jumper, quickly crumpling to the court in obvious pain.
It was a scene similar to last week when he initially got hurt in Phoenix and one the Nets have seen quite frequently over the past season-plus. Williams, fouled on the play by Walker, tried to walk it off and stayed in the game following a timeout to take the free throws.
But after Williams knocked down both free throws, the Nets fouled on the Bobcats' ensuing possession in order to get him out of the game, and he immediately went to the locker room with team trainer Tim Walsh. It surely tempered the enthusiasm that Williams emitted earlier in the day.
“I’m eager,” Williams, who missed all but one of the Nets’ seven preseason games with a sprained right ankle and bone bruise, said before tipoff. “I don’t like sitting out, so I’m ready to get back out there and hoop, and get some wins.”
But now it’s back to more of the same for the injury-plagued point guard.