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Deron Williams hurt again

Deron Williams #8 of the Brooklyn Nets passes

Deron Williams #8 of the Brooklyn Nets passes during a game against the Miami Heat at AmericanAirlines Arena on Jan. 4, 2015 in Miami. Credit: Getty Images / Mike Ehrmann

MIAMI -- Deron Williams got banged up again. Just as he was getting into a solid rhythm, too.

Williams injured his left oblique in the first half and then suffered what he called a severe cramp late in the fourth quarter of the Nets' 88-84 loss to the Heat Sunday night.

He initially appeared to get hurt in the first quarter when Norris Cole made contact with him as he was releasing a shot. Then, with a little more than a minute remaining, something went wrong when he tried to corral a loose ball.

"I don't know if they were related or not," said Williams, who had 13 points, eight assists and six rebounds in 26 minutes off the bench before getting hurt. "I went up for that layup and got fouled and kind of forced my way up and felt a little tweak in my back, like my backside, and throughout the game, it was kind of just annoying. And then Joe [Johnson], when he got that little steal right there, I went to grab real quick and it was more like a cramp.

"So the doc said to kind of just treat it more like cramps and doesn't see it being a problem. Just drink a lot of electrolytes and it should be all right."

Williams was barely able to move around and was in serious pain on the bench for most of the final 40 seconds.

"It just locked up. Every time I would go this way," he said, motioning to his left, "it would just grab me. I tried to stand up and get back in the game, but I couldn't even do it . . . It feels a little better, but still when I start going that way, I can feel it."

Asked if he'll be able to play against the Mavericks Monday night, Williams said: "I hope so."

Plumlee sits in fourth

Mason Plumlee did not play at all in the final quarter as coach Lionel Hollins decided to go with Brook Lopez, who scored 12 of his 16 points in that quarter. Plumlee finished with 12 points and five rebounds in 23 minutes.

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