The Brooklyn Nets are in London this week as they get set to face the Atlanta Hawks only they have been without Deron Williams as he stayed behind in the United States while he rests his ankles.
“Yeah, just let him go through his rehab there instead of hauling him over here,” Jason Kidd told Tim Bontemps of the NY Post. “So he’s going through his rehab, so we’ll see where he’s at when we get back.”
D-Will got cortisone shots and platelet rich plasma injections in both of his ankles a week and a half ago and hasn’t played since. He got the same treatment three different times last year and it only seemed to make a big difference after the third time. The Nets are being much more cautious with him this year though as he only missed four games all of last season and has already missed as many since he was injected on Jan. 6.
The Nets, as usual, didn’t give a timeline when it comes to when D-Will might return. When asked if he would play on Monday against the Knicks, Kidd said the same old, “We’re taking it day-by-day. We’ll see how his rehab goes.”
Considering the fact that the Nets have actually done fairly well in D-Will’s absence it makes sense to rest him for as long as it takes. I have said it for a long time now, but he really is a much different player on healthy ankles.
Look at his splits from last year: In his first 50 games he averaged 16.7 points with 7.6 assists and a true shooting percentage of 54.2 percent. In the final 28 games, he averaged 22.9 points per game, 8.0 assists and a TS% of 62.2. We’ve seen it in smaller samples sizes this year too. When he’s healthy, he’s a much different player.