There may finally be an explanation for the lack of production from former All Star Deron Williams. Williams recently received his third cortisone shot on both of his ankles and will probably receive some more prior to the playoffs.
The point guard for the Nets received his first set of shots in October and has been receiving them intermittently throughout the course of this season.
Williams said, “I've gotten frustrated some nights where I can't do anything, can't go anywhere, and it's frustrating and that's how you want to think, but I can't do that."
Williams believes that he hurt both of his ankles some time during training camp for the Olympics and since then he hasn’t had the proper break for them to heal.
"The problem was I haven't had a break in a long time," Williams said. "I was doing plyometrics, box jumps this summer for the first time. I lifted heavier than I've ever lifted, and so I think all the wear and tear is what's caused the inflammation, and I haven't had a break to get it out. It's just gotten worse and worse. It didn't feel as bad because I wasn't playing back-to-backs and four in five nights, then we got to the season. It just kept getting worse and worse because you have less and less rest."
Playing off of back-to-backs has especially been difficult for Williams, but the point guard has been playing through the injury; albeit a shell of his former self.
The Brooklyn Nets now find themselves in a conundrum because on the one hand, they want to attain the highest seed possible. As of right now, it wouldn’t be inconceivable for them to earn the second seed. On the other hand, if they want a healthy Williams for the playoffs, he may have to take some time off of the back-to-backs in order to perform at the elite level that he is capable of.