Deron Williams missed Monday’s Brooklyn Nets game and he’s going to miss a lot more. The Nets announced this week that D-Will has a sprained ankle and was treated with cortisone shots and platelet rich plasma injections in both ankles. He’s in a walking boot so he’ll definitely miss Wednesday and Friday’s game and he’ll be re-evaluated after that.
“We’ll just take it day by day and see how he feels tomorrow,” Kidd told reporters on Wednesday morning. “We hope with the treatments that he does feel better, and we’ll go from there.”
While D-Will’s absence really hurts the Nets, this actually comes at a pretty good time as they will play just one game next week as they travel to London where they will face the Atlanta Hawks. This way he can sit for a full two weeks and miss just five games.
At this point, they might want to think about resting him a full three weeks as the Nets have a bit of a soft schedule upon their return from London. Their opponents in their next five games after that have a combined 71-100. The reason for this would be to give him a significant rest to let his ankles actually heal. All the cortisone does is take away the pain, the problems will persist without real rest.
D-Will has already missed 12 games with chronic ankle problems this year. He’s averaged 16.2 points, 8.2 assists per 36 minutes with a true shooting percentage of 54.4 in the 22 games that he has played. He’s been wildly inconsistent over that time depending on the health of his ankles on any particular night.