Deron Williams says he’ll play Monday vs. Knicks

Alan Anderson, Deron Williams, Reggie Evans

Alan Anderson, Deron Williams, Reggie Evans
Deron Williams (AP)
Deron Williams might be back — for good this time.

Williams, who hasn’t played in an NBA game since January 4th and didn’t join the Brooklyn Nets on their week-long trip to London, participated fully in team practice Sunday and told reporters that he plans to play against the New York Knicks Monday at Madison Square Garden.

Following an MRI on January 6th and a diagnosis of a sprained left ankle, Williams underwent platelet-rich plasma therapy and cortisone shots on both ankles on January 7th.

It’s a treatment you know well: after having it last season heading into the All-Star break, Williams had a red-hot second half: in 28 post-All Star Break contests, Williams averaged 22.9 points and 8.0 assists in 36.4 minutes per game, shooting 48.1 percent from the field and 42 percent from three-point range.

Williams did not play against the Knicks in the first matchup between the teams in December. The Nets lost 113-83 in Brooklyn.