When Deron Williams returned from his latest ankle injury he did it in a big way as he averaged 18.8 points and 8.3 assists with a 56.5 shooting percentage as the Brooklyn Nets won three out of four games. That didn’t last long though as he has averaged 11.8 points, 5.6 assists and a 46.0 shooting percentage with the Nets losing four of their last five.
What’s the problem? Well D-Will admitted to reporters on Thursday morning that he is still dealing with an injury, but that he isn’t going to talk about it.
“Yeah, but nothing I’m going to talk about,” he told Andy Vazquez of the Bergen Record when asked if he was hurt. “I’m out here playing so that’s all that matters.”
The injury that D-Will won’t talk about is likely his ankles…again. He dealt with multiple ankle injuries throughout nearly all of last season and most of this one as well. It’s really hurt his game and, by extension, the team as well. It’s been a chronic problem and one that he refuses to rest.
Even during the offseason, when he should have been taking time off to come back strong, he was keeping busy including a trip to a trampoline park that couldn’t have been good for his ankles.
At this point, he can’t take time off because the way the Nets are playing lately it looks like they are going to have a tough time making the playoffs so he probably figures that he has to be out there, especially since the season-ending foot injury to Brook Lopez. Then again, it’s not like he’s helping the Nets when he plays just 25 minutes and scores nine points with six assists like he did on Tuesday against the Spurs.