Deron Williams will play, come off the bench for Nets vs. Knicks

Jason Kidd, Deron Williams

Jason Kidd, Deron Williams
Jason Kidd, Deron Williams (AP)
As expected, point guard Deron Williams will suit up for the Brooklyn Nets in his first game back since undergoing platelet-rich plasma therapy treatment and cortisone shots on both ankles.

Williams will come off the bench in his return against the New York Knicks, his first time off the bench since February 2, 2006. He will have a minutes restriction under 30 minutes, according to coach Jason Kidd.

“(I’m looking) for him to sweat a little bit, have some fun, knock down shots,” Kidd said before Monday afternoon’s game. “But just try to get his legs and feet under him and have a positive experience.”

Kidd elected to keep his same starting lineup against the Knicks, with Shaun Livingston, Alan Anderson, Joe Johnson, Paul Pierce, and Kevin Garnett. The lineup has won all four games it’s played this season.

Williams last played on January 4th, in a victory over the Cleveland Cavaliers. The team announced his ankle sprain and treatment on January 7th, following an MRI the day before.