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Deron Williams will continue coming off Nets bench for now

Jan 30, 2014, 3:14 PM EDT

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If “Bull Durham” taught us one thing, it’s you don’t mess with a streak. (That and don’t throw punches with your pitching hand.)

The Brooklyn Nets are in the playoff picture in the East and just three games back of winning the Atlantic Division after having won 10-of-12.

They are on a streak and coach Jason Kidd is not going to mess with it — which means Shaun Livingston will keep starting (he’s played well) and Deron Williams will keep coming off the bench. Here is what Kidd said, via Newsday.

The Nets’ $98-million point guard has come off the bench the last five games since returning from an ankle injury on Jan. 20, and coach Jason Kidd said Wednesday that Williams will have to resume his starting role “at some point,” but there isn’t much of a rush.

“We haven’t even talked about it,” Kidd said after practice. “We gave him and Joe [Johnson] rest days, so [Thursday] we’ll see how they feel and see if we have time to get them with that first group.”

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We will see if that changes in the coming weeks — the Nets lost a close one to Atlantic Division leading Toronto Raptors (who got the last shot after Patrick Patterson stole Williams’ inbound pass in the final seconds of the game) and have some tough games coming up: Oklahoma City Friday, then Indiana, Philadelphia and San Antonio.

If the Nets start to lose expect to see Williams back in as a starter. But for now, you don’t mess with a streak.

  1. eechaze - Jan 30, 2014 at 9:21 PM

    Deron has the talents to be the best point guard in the league every year. I keep wondering why this has not been the case with him. One game he shows flashes of brilliance and another game you wonder if he is on the court

  2. cmehustle - Jan 30, 2014 at 10:48 PM

    I did not believe in Kidd when they first signed him. I am starting to become a believer. I believe in Kidd.

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