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Deron Williams had injections in ankle before Game 7 vs. Raptors

May 6, 2014, 4:45 PM EDT

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Here is why this matters: For Brooklyn to beat Miami they are going to need great point guard play. Deron Williams has to own the series that starts Tuesday night in Miami.

During Game 6 between the Nets and Raptors, Williams rolled his ankle.

Before Game 7, he got a couple shots in those ankles, Williams told reporters at shootaround Tuesday. From Stefan Bondy of the New York Daily News.

Williams also said this would not slow him against the Heat. He had 13 points on 3-of-8 shooting, with four assists in Game 7 against Toronto.

Williams averaged just 7.3 points a game on 33 percent shooting against Miami this season, although he did dish out 7.3 points a game against them.

That said, it’s very hard to read into the regular season meetings between the Nets and Heat and pull much of value out of those games to apply to the playoffs. Dwyane Wade and Kevin Garnett both missed games, while Norris Cole got huge run against the Nets. By the way, the Nets playoff starting lineup did not play one minute together this season against the Heat.

Williams will have to have a big series against the Heat, we’ll see if his ankle lets him approach that.

  1. ProBasketballPundit - May 6, 2014 at 4:56 PM

    Did he get some hair plug injections in his comb-over too?

  2. genericusername93 - May 6, 2014 at 5:27 PM

    “Williams averaged just 7.3 points a game on 33 percent shooting against Miami this season, although he did dish out 7.3 points a game against them.”

  3. antistratfordian - May 6, 2014 at 5:32 PM

    LeBron is not going to be happy about Durant Malone-ing his MVP, so the Nets better stock up on all sorts of injections – steroids, cortisone, heroin – because they’re going to need it.

    • Kevin S. - May 6, 2014 at 6:13 PM

      Nah. Rose Maloned his MVP (and LeBron annihilated him for it), but Durant flat-out earned it.

      • antistratfordian - May 6, 2014 at 6:19 PM

        No, the Rose and Durant situations were nearly identical. LeBron actually got less votes against Rose than he did against Durant!

      • Kevin S. - May 6, 2014 at 6:21 PM

        Rose got the vote because people were tired of voting for LeBron. Durant got the votes because he was the better player this season.

  4. marbulz - May 6, 2014 at 5:39 PM

    So real stupid like you’re doing it need some real injections just another heat fan instead of appreciating the game is trying to frame something that a picture hasn’t been painted yet you a real fake artist

  5. haaaaasoooooo - May 6, 2014 at 9:18 PM

    By “better player”, don’t you mean better “offensive” player?

    • Kevin S. - May 6, 2014 at 9:56 PM

      No, I mean better player. There are issues with individual defensive stats, but RPM, DRtg, Defensive Win Shares all have Durant as a slightly better defender this year, and that’s backed up by observation that LeBron wasn’t particularly tuned in at the defensive end this season. That doesn’t mean LeBron can’t or won’t flip the switch in the playoffs and turn back into the guy who can lock down anybody one through five, but the MVP vote isn’t a crystal ball into the playoffs. Even LeBron recognized that.

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