Man, Deron Williams just loves playing the Bobcats. After dropping 57 points on them two years ago, Williams took the court recovering from a morning illness and dropped 18 points in the first quarter alone, hitting 7 of 9 shots from the field.
What I love about this quarter is that Williams didn't take bad shots. He wasn't afraid to pass the ball when he didn't have a look and wasn't forcing his own offense. There was a shot he missed late in the first quarter that was created off a flare screen, which gave Williams a wide-open shot in the corner. He wasn't looking to find his own offense, he was playing within the team's "don't run plays, make them" offensive principles, and took open shots when the opportunity arose.