The Brooklyn Nets may have survived the Phoenix Suns in overtime on Friday night, but the 100-98 win came with the steep price of losing Deron Williams to a sprained ankle. So far they have sputtered out of the gates with a 3-5 record, and the going won’t likely get easier without the services of their star guard.
A small plus size for the Nets is that Deron William’s X-rays came up negative following the injury.
The injury occurred in the first quarter of action. Deron Williams drove down the lane for the Nets and put up a floater in traffic. The shot missed everything, Williams came down fine initially but leaped back in the air in an attempt to corral his own miss. On the second landing he rolled his left ankle and hit the hardwood in obvious pain. He was then able to get up and hop his way into the locker room under his own power.
A video of the injury can be seen below.
In his third season with the Nets, Deron Williams has averaged his lowest point output since his rookie season, scoring just 11.1 points per game during the young season.
A concern for the Nets moving forward is the ability of Deron Williams’ ankles to stay healthy enough to play. This is far from his first time missing action due to an ailing ankle. Each of the past two years he has missed time with a similar ailment, as well as sitting out much of this year’s preseason in an attempt to heal a sore ankle.
Should Deron Williams be out for an extended period of time due to his newly sprained ankle, Shaun Livingston figures to start in his place.
The Guardian Express