Saturday, January 11, 2014

Nets' Williams Having More Ankle Woes

The Brooklyn Nets are having a tough season.
First, Brook Lopez breaks a bone in his foot and requires season ending surgery, again. His future for the Nets is up in the air. 
Then, key player and point guard Deron Williams sprains his ankle. And resprains. And sprains it again. 
Earlier in the week Williams received a cortisone shot and a platelet rich plasma injection in the lateral ligaments of both ankles to relieve the inflammation seen in the MRI taken on Monday. 
Williams has been shelved for the time being and was scheduled to be evaluated by the end of this week. He did not play Monday and Wednesday due to a sprained left ankle, the same injury that has kept him out of 12 games thus far this season. He is currently in a walking boot. 
Williams initially sprained his left ankle on November 15th at Phoenix and missed the next two games before returning November 20th at Charlotte, where he sprained it again. That time he missed nine games. It is unclear when Williams sprained his ankle for the third time. 
This is not a new problem for Williams, who had three sets of cortisone shots and a PRP injection due to inflammation in both ankles last season. Because of this, Williams struggled through the first 50 games of the season, averaging just 16.7 points and 7.6 assists on 41.3% shooting per game. 
After taking a week off and a three day juice cleanse at the All-Star break, Williams returned in better form, averaging 22.9 points and 8.0 assists on 48.1% shooting in the final 28 games. 
The 29 year old rested during the summer, hoping to put these injuries behind him. He sustained a sprained right ankle and bone bruise during an offseason workout in Utah and missed almost all of training camp and the preseason because of it. 
Williams has yet to see his previous explosiveness return to his game and has not dunked this season. In the last two games he played, he averaged 25 points on 63 percent shooting, a glimpse of his full, healthy potential. It's a shame to see a player with those numbers be laid up for so long. 
The point guard is in the second year of a five year, $98 million contract he signed in summer 2012. Williams is scheduled to make $18.5 million this year, $19.7 million next year, and $21 million in 2015-16.
Reference: ESPN
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