The Brooklyn Nets have a bit of bad news. Here’s Ken Berger of CBS Sports with the report.
Williams has been having ankle problems recently but he still played 37 minutes against the San Antonio Spurs in a blowout on Sunday night. He finished with 15 points and 3 assists that night. As Berger said, he will miss the remaining two games before the All-Star break. He’s expected to return after that weekend.
The next two games for Brooklyn will be tough. The Nets will play against the Indiana Pacers on Monday night, who is the third seed in the Eastern Conference. And then on Wednesday, they will play the hot Denver Nuggets at home. The Nuggets are in a virtual tie with the Memphis Grizzlies for the fourth seed in the Western Conference. Denver had won nine games straight before losing to Boston in a triple-overtime contest.
The Nets aren’t too far down from the eighth seed. They’re currently ranked in the fifth seed in the Eastern Conference. Brooklyn is 29-22 and are two games behind number 3 Indiana (31-20) and one-and-a-half games behind number 4 Chicago (30-20). The 6th seeded Atlanta Hawks are 27-22 and one game behind the Nets. The 7th seeded Boston Celtics are currently scorching and are just 1.5 games behind the Nets. The Milwaukee Bucks, who are the eighth seed, are 25-24. Without Williams, the standings could be much different by the time the all-star break is here.
Williams is averaging 16.7 points, 3.3 rebounds, and 7.6 assists. He has struggled from the field ever since he got to the Nets; he is shooting .413. He wasn’t picked as an all-star for the first time in four seasons. Williams was traded from the Utah Jazz to the Nets in the middle of the 2010-11 season right after longtime Utah coach Jerry Sloan left the Jazz. Utah picked Deron Williams third overall in the 2005 NBA Draft.