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Deron: My ankles don’t hurt

Nets guard Deron Williams drives to the basket

Nets guard Deron Williams drives to the basket past Chicago Bulls center Joakim Noah, right, during the first half. (Mar. 2, 2013) (Credit: AP )

EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. -- When Deron Williams emerged from the locker room at the PNY Center after his post-practice shower, he was sporting a white T-shirt with two words on it.

Running sucks.

At least when Williams does that now, it’s not as painful. The platelet rich plasma therapy procedure he received leading into the All-Star break has really taken affect, and Williams admitted he’s feeling much better.

“My ankles don’t hurt,” Williams said before the Nets hopped on their chartered flight to head to Charlotte for Wednesday’s matchup with the Bobcats. “We finally got the injections in the right spot and they feel a little bit better. I can actually walk up and down stairs. I can run around with my kids. I can go to the playground with them.

“I don’t have to hurt every time I take a single step. So, yeah, I feel a lot better.”

Williams said he used a three-day juice cleanse to rid his body of toxins during the week he was shut down leading into the break. He surely seems rejuvenated in these last seven games since, averaging 21.7 points, 7.1 assists and connecting on 45.5 percent of his three-point attempts.

“It helps your energy,” Williams said. “It definitely helps your strength and gets a lot of the bad toxins out of your system. That’s the main thing.”

Williams feels so good now that he said he can finally dunk. He’s only attempted one all season -- and was rejected by Blake Griffin in the Nets‘ Nov. 23 win over the Clippers at the Barclays Center. So will we see him take off for a monstrous throw down in a game soon?

“I don’t know,” Williams cracked. “I’m still nervous.”

Tags: Deron Williams , PNY Center , Bobcats

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