Deron Williams is beat up. He has separate minor injuries to his ankle, calf, and his elbow and will need surgery after this season to remove bone spurs on top of that. Despite it all though, he is staying in the lineup.
“That’s not the plan,” Williams told Tim Bontemps of the NY Post about possibly taking a game or two off to rest. Instead, he’s just going to play through the injuries while wrapping his calf and elbow with ice.
“He’s fine,” Nets head coach Avery Johnson told Bontemps . “He went through shootaround, but he’s banged up, though. He’s banged up. That’s kind of a cycle of the season, but he’s a warrior, and he’ll play through it.”
With D-Will sticking out the injuries, the Nets are more or less healthy for the first time this season. They just got Gerald Wallace back and got MarShon Brooks back shortly before that as well. Josh Childress, who started the year injured, is also back, but he is riding the bench with everyone healthy (he had been filling in for Wallace. All three players were dealing with sprained ankles.