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.

 

Deron WilliamsDeron Williams hasn't taken much time off since joining the Brooklyn Nets in February 2011. During last year's NBA lockout, Williams was the highest-profile player to make the leap overseas, joining Turkish basketball club Besiktas in Istanbul for fifteen games. He's had wrist surgery, and various ailments have kept him out of 12 games over the past two seasons.

Williams has dealt with various physical, emotional, and mental struggles since joining Brooklyn, and according to Stefan Bondy of the New York Daily News, Williams believes that his lack of resting time has contributed to his struggles:

GM Billy King said on the radio Sunday that Williams might be burnt out from playing consecutive summers overseas (in the Turkish league and Olympics). Williams, who has been dealing with nagging injuries – including a bum ankle and wrist — essentially agreed.

“I didn’t take any time off. After last season, I never stopped working out. After the Olympics, the day I got back I worked out the next morning,” Williams said. “I thought it was the best thing to do, and now looking back, it probably would have been smarter to take some time off and get a little bit of rest, especially on my legs, and my ankles in general.

“I took a lot of pounding over the last year because even though we had a shortened season, I was over in Istanbul, so I haven’t had a break since before then. I felt like I could handle it, and at the time I thought it was the right thing to do. I didn’t want to get out of shape. I wanted to just keep going.”

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