Deron WilliamsThe Brooklyn Nets aren't going to rush point guard Deron Williams back to full capacity just yet, not even for the team's marquee matchup against the Miami Heat.

On WFAN radio yesterday, Nets general manager Billy King told Joe Benigno & Evan Roberts that Williams's minutes restriction would be lifted on Sunday at the earliest, meaning that the Nets will watch Williams closely once again tonight as he nurses his injured right ankle back to health.

According to Rod Boone of Newsday, coach Jason Kidd put Williams's minutes restriction at around 26 minutes tonight.

Williams played 22 minutes in Wednesday's season opener against the Cleveland Cavaliers, using up his minutes early due to early foul trouble from backup Shaun Livingston. Livingston played well with the starting lineup for the majority of preseason as Williams sat out, and his ability mitigates the time when Williams sits out. He'll have to stay out of foul trouble tonight.

 

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Deron Williams overcame a major hurdle in his practice plan today, returning to contact basketball for the first time in the team's practice.

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Are you planning on practicing in full with these guys?

"I appreciate your concern for my health. I really do. Thank you."

The Nets said you'd be ready first day of training camp, full to go. Now it's been three weeks since. Did something happen?

"I appreciate your concern for my health. Thank you."

Do you need to play in the preseason to feel good physically?

"I appreciate your concern for my health. Thank you."
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Speaking with reporters on the basketball court at Cameron Indoor Stadium, Brooklyn Nets general manager and Duke alum Billy King said there is currently "no timetable" for Deron Williams's return to the basketball court, but that isn't a bad thing.

"We'd like (him) to practice, but the goal now is to get him as healthy as possible, so that when he does go, there's no setbacks," King said. "There is no need for him to have a setback in day two that sets him back so you're not ready for opening day."

King stressed that the lack of a timetable isn't a long-term indictment of Williams's ankle, and it's hard to blame him for doing so. Oklahoma City Thunder guard Russell Westbrook, who sustained a right knee injury in last year's playoffs, underwent a second surgery on his knee yesterday and will be out another 4-6 weeks.

Williams's injury doesn't have the same long-term implications as Westbrook's. It's just that the Nets want to bring him along slowly. "We don’t play our first regular season game till (October) 30th," King added. "There’s no need to rush him back, so that’s why there’s no timetable."

The Nets guard sustained the injury while working out at his home in Utah. He was fitted with a walking boot during Dodge Barrage, a celebrity dodgeball tournament to benefit Point of Hope, Williams's charity foundation.

Williams dealt with synovitis (inflammation) in both ankles last year, undergoing cortisone shots and platelet-rich plasma therapy in February. King has no worries about Williams's current ankle injury, noting that Williams's injury is "different" without elaborating.

 

Deron Williams

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Speaking with reporters on the basketball court at Cameron Indoor Stadium, Brooklyn Nets general manager and Duke alum Billy King said there is currently "no timetable" for Deron Williams's return to the basketball court, but that isn't a bad thing.

"We'd like (him) to practice, but the goal now is to get him as healthy as possible, so that when he does go, there's no setbacks," King said. "There is no need for him to have a setback in day two that sets him back so you're not ready for opening day."

King stressed that the lack of a timetable isn't a long-term indictment of Williams's ankle, and it's hard to blame him for doing so. Oklahoma City Thunder guard Russell Westbrook, who sustained a right knee injury in last year's playoffs, underwent a second surgery on his knee yesterday and will be out another 4-6 weeks.

Williams's injury doesn't have the same long-term implications as Westbrook's. It's just that the Nets want to bring him along slowly. "We don’t play our first regular season game till (October) 30th," King added. "There’s no need to rush him back, so that’s why there’s no timetable."

The Nets guard sustained the injury while working out at his home in Utah. He was fitted with a walking boot during Dodge Barrage, a celebrity dodgeball tournament to benefit Point of Hope, Williams's charity foundation.

Williams dealt with synovitis (inflammation) in both ankles last year, undergoing cortisone shots and platelet-rich plasma therapy in February. King has no worries about Williams's current ankle injury, noting that Williams's injury is "different" without elaborating.

 

Brooklyn Nets guard Deron Williams was limited in the team's first official practice today because of his right ankle injury. Williams sustained the injury working out at his home in Utah last month.

Williams aims to come back "definitely" within the next couple of weeks and plans to play in every preseason game, but that the decision's up to the training staff. "They want to take it slow. they don't want any setbacks. They don't want me to go out here and step on somebody's ankle."

"I'm very impatient," Williams added with an anxious smile. "It's very hard."

Williams showed up at his celebrity dodgeball tournament, Dodge Barrage, in a walking boot, but did not have the boot on at camp today.

Nets guard Jason Terry was also limited in practice with a left knee injury. Terry had surgery to clean up the knee at the end of last season and has been rehabilitating ever since. He aims to be back on the court at full speed Thursday. Forward Tornike Shengelia was also held out of practice with a knee injury.

 

From the New York Daily News:

Deron Williams has received at least eight injections to his ankles in the last four months, hoping the pain from the inflammation would subside enough to get him through a frustrating season.

The point guard revealed Friday that the cortisone shots Thursday were the third of such treatments since training camp started. He also plans to have another round of injections before the playoffs start.
Still, Williams understands that the only real cure is rest – even though his competitive side won’t allow it to last very long. He took off more than a week after getting PRP injections in his ankles before the All-Star break.

“I don’t want to (take a month off),” he said. “I’ve gotten frustrated some nights where I can’t do anything, can’t go anywhere, it’s frustrating and that’s how you want to think, but I can’t do that.”

Williams has missed just three games this season; once the day after Christmas and two heading into the All-Star break. He's averaged 16.8 points and 7.7 assists per game this season, shooting 41.2% from the field and 35.6% from beyond the arc. He looked to have finally emerged from his shooting slump in a hot January, but outside of his three-point shooting (a scorching 45.9% from deep), he has regressed in eight February games, shooting just 34.7% from inside the arc.

Read more: New York Daily News -- At least eight injections later, Deron Williams doesn't want to take any time off

 

Deron Williams Brooklyn Nets imageBrooklyn Nets point guard Deron Williams will sit tonight's game against the Indiana Pacers and Wednesday's game against the Denver Nuggets with synovitis (inflammation of the ankle joint lining) in both ankles, the Brooklyn Nets announced today. Williams received platelet-rich plasma (PRP) treatment on both ankles today and the Nets expect him back in action after the All-Star break on February 19th against the Milwaukee Bucks.

After a rough start to the season, Williams, the Nets' captain and maximum-contract point guard, appeared to be back to his old self in January, averaging 18.3 points and 8.3 assists on 45.6% shooting (42% from 3) in the month, before seeing his numbers dip again in February as the team began to struggle again. On the season, Williams has averaged 16.7 points and 7.6 assists in 36.5 minutes per game.

Williams has noted issues with bone spurs in his ankles early in the season, something that Nets general manager Billy King said Williams would get "cleaned up" after the season, but has not had issues with synovitis until this point.

 

Brooklyn Nets point guard Deron Williams rolled his right ankle late in the second quarter against the Chicago Bulls when stepping on Bulls guard Nate Robinson's foot after a missed shot. Williams hobbled to the side of the floor as the Bulls scored on the other end, then was brought to the locker room with assistance.

Williams returned to the game to star the second half.

 

Deron Williams did not participate in this morning's shootaround with the Brooklyn Nets, but is still listed as probable for tonight's game, according to Rod Boone of Newsday. Williams did not practice yesterday due to flu-like symptoms. Nets coach P.J. Carlesimo says he is "hopeful" Williams will play.

Williams has averaged 12 points and 7.5 assists on 38.5% shooting in two games against Miami this season, but those games came earlier in the season, when Williams was struggling with some combination of a wrist injury, Avery Johnson's system, a mental block, and all other negative stimuli. In the month of January, Williams has averaged 18.9 points, 8.5 assists, and 3.9 rebounds on 45.7% shooting and 43.6% from beyond the arc in the month of January.

 

Deron WilliamsAfter suffering a quad contusion in the third quarter, Brooklyn Nets point guard Deron Williams was non-committal about his status for Sunday night's game against the Indiana Pacers.

"I don't know," Williams said. "I'll have to see what it feels like when I wake up tomorrow. Hopefully I can go. I'm going to get a lot of treatment on it tomorrow, and hopefully I'll be ready."

Williams injured his thigh early in the third quarter tonight against the Phoenix Suns, colliding with Goran Dragic's knee on a drive. Williams remained in the game for a few minutes before getting taken out and walking to the locker room. He was listed as questionable, but later returned, without much pep in his step.

"I could barely run," Williams laughed. "It definitely affected me. I had one good burst, and it was a wrap."

 

Deron Williams Brooklyn Nets imageDeron Williams will be in the starting lineup tonight when the Brooklyn Nets face the Charlotte Bobcats, the Nets announced today. Williams was a game-time decision with a bruised right wrist, missing December 26th game against the Milwaukee Bucks with the injury.

Kris Humphries remains inactive with a mild abdominal strain.

Nets interim coach P.J. Carlesimo will keep Avery Johnson's small ball starting lineup intact vs. the Bobcats, starting Williams, Joe Johnson, Keith Bogans, Gerald Wallace, and Brook Lopez.