Deron Williams, in a walking boot, will miss next game
Deron Williams' ankles remain a problem and the Nets point guard is apparently hoping the same procedure he had almost this time a year ago works wonders once more.
The Nets announced on Tuesday that Williams had platelet-rich plasma treatment on his chronically injured ankles and received cortisone shots in the lateral ligament of each ankle. The treatment utilizes platelets from the player's own blood to rebuild a damaged tendon.
He has been ruled out for Wednesday night against the Warriors.
Williams, who was diagnosed with a sprained left ankle following an MRI on Monday, is in a walking boot and the Nets (13-21) expect him to be re-evaluated Friday, when the two-time defending champion Heat rolls into town.
Williams has been gimpy virtually all season, going back to when he sprained his right ankle and suffered a bone bruise while working out in Utah in September. Williams has sprained his left ankle three times since Nov. 15, causing him to sit out a total of 12 games. There's also been other tweaks and rolls, perhaps leading him to opt for another dose of injections to help alleviate the pain.
After having the procedure last February, just before the All-Star break following a sluggish and injury-ravaged start to the Nets' first season in Brooklyn, Williams flourished. He averaged 22.9 points and eight assists, shooting 48 percent -- 42 percent from three-point range -- in the 28 games after the break. He regained a bounce in his step, something that hasn't been there much this season, as evidenced by his hesitance to drive to the basket.
He's averaging 13.6 points and 6.9 assists in 22 games this season. But he played well in his last two games, coinciding with the Nets using a smaller starting lineup that allowed him to play off the ball more. He averaged 25 points, five assists and shot 63 percent from the field in the two games before he felt swelling in his left ankle Sunday night.
Losing Williams for at least one more game is the latest injury for the Nets, whose depth has been tested by Brook Lopez's season-ending foot injury and injuries to Paul Pierce, Andrei Kirilenko and Jason Terry.
"I've never been on a team or seen a team go though all the injuries that we've gone through," coach Jason Kidd said after the Nets' 91-86 win over the Hawks Monday. "Through summer, to today's date, there's been a lot of injuries and it just shows how deep we are, the character that we have in that locker room, to compete and give effort, and you can see that."