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Deron Williams sprains left ankle vs. Suns

Nets point guard Deron Williams brings the ball

Nets point guard Deron Williams brings the ball upcourt setting up a play in the first half. (Nov. 5, 2013) (Credit: Joseph D. Sullivan)

PHOENIX -- As if things aren’t bad enough, the Nets might’ve lost their starting point guard for an indefinite period of time.

Deron Williams appeared to badly injure his left ankle roughly midway through the first quarter of Friday night’s matchup with the Suns at U.S. Airways Arena. The Nets said X-rays taken were negative and he's out for the rest of their contest with Phoenix.

Williams stepped on the foot of Miles Plumlee with a little over seven minutes remaining as he attempted to follow up his own miss.

Williams immediately clutched his ankle as he lay on the floor writhing in pain. Once Williams managed to peel himself off the court, he couldn’t put any weight on his left leg and hopped straight back to the locker room.

Williams had ankle problems the past two seasons and sat out the bulk of the preseason as he nursed a right ankle injury and a bone bruise suffered during a September workout in Utah. If Williams is out for an extended period of time, Shaun Livingston would likely slide into the starting role and coach Jason Kidd would presumably use Alan Anderson as the backup.

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