Deron Williams started last night's game against the Charlotte Bobcats after missing Wednesday's game with a bruised right wrist. The off day was the first for Williams this season. The injury comes at a time of turmoil for the Brooklyn Nets as coach Avery Johnson was recently fired.
Mike Mazzeo of ESPN New York says the plan to sit Williams came from the Nets' team trainer. Trainers have been trying to get Williams to take time off quite often this season. He has suffered the normal bumps and bruises, but he has played through them until the wrist injury.
"They wanted me to sit early when I had a lot of stuff going on with my elbows and my wrist. They wanted me to sit, but I just didn't," Williams said. "At the time, I didn't want to, because like I said, if I'm not injured where it's gonna hurt me, then I can play."Williams is having a down year so far this year. He is averaging 16.6 points per game and 8.0 rebounds per game. However, in his career, Williams has averaged 17.6 points per game and 9.1 rebounds per game. His shooting has been off, but Williams feels he will get it back. The minor injuries may have been contributing to his poor shooting nights.
Last night, Williams played 29 minutes and scored 19 points. He was 7 of 14 shooting from the field and 3 of 6 from behind the three-point line.