Deron Williams out indefinitely after receiving cortisone shots in both ankles

Deron Williams
Deron Williams will be out indefinitely with both his ankles receiving cortisone and PRP shots.
Credit: Getty Images

Just as the Nets seem to be turning it around with their second three-game winning streak of the season, the issues surrounding Deron Williams and his troublesome ankles continue.

The Nets announced Tuesday afternoon Williams was diagnosed with a sprained left ankle and will miss Wednesday’s game against Golden State. They also said he will be in a walking boot and the ankle will be re-evaluated at the end of the week.

Additionally, the Nets said Williams was treated with a cortisone shot in the ankle joint, as well as platelet rich plasma (PRP) injections into the lateral ligaments of the ankle. Williams received a PRP injection into his right ankle and a cortisone injection into his right ankle joint to relieve inflammation as well.

Williams has missed 12 games this season. The Nets are 4-8 in games Williams has missed. Their four wins without Williams have been at Phoenix, at Toronto, vs. Milwaukee and Monday’s 91-86 home victory over Atlanta.

Before this season, Williams had ankle injuries in 2008-09 when he missed 13 of Utah’s first 15 games with a second-degree ankle sprain. He also was limited to 12 games after the Nets first acquired him in February 2011 with a nagging wrist injury.

Last season, Williams missed the final two games before the All-Star break with ankle injuries and his treatment included a third round of cortisone shots. Before the break, he averaged 16.7 points on 41.3 percent shooting and afterward, he averaged 22.9 points on 48.1 percent shooting.

After Wednesday, the Nets have a back-to-back with a home game against Miami Friday and a visit to Toronto Saturday before playing the Hawks next Wednesday in London, England for their only game next week.

Williams’s injury saga began this season when he showed up at a charity event in September in a walking boot due to a sprained right ankle suffered in an offseason workout in Utah.

Before this latest development, Williams had scored 20 points in consecutive games for the first time all season while making 17-of-27 shots and playing 79:07.

Without Williams, Shaun Livingston and Tyshawn Taylor have been the starting point guards. Livingston, however, started the last two games as the Nets played Williams off the ball more. Livingston and Alan Anderson comprised the starting backcourt in Brooklyn’s 16th different starting lineup Monday night.

The Nets will likely also lean on Joe Johnson more to compensate for Williams’s latest absence. Johnson scored 23 points on 10-of-22 shooting Monday for his best game since getting 37 on 10 3-pointers Dec. 16 against the 76ers.

In the previous 12 games Williams has missed, Johnson is shooting 43.1 percent (79-of-183) while averaging 16.8 points.

Follow Nets beat writer Larry Fleisher on Twitter @LarryFleisher.



News
Entertainment
Sports
Lifestyle
Local

Brooklyn man charged in roommate's stabbing death

A Brooklyn man accused of violently stabbing his roommate to death on Monday is in police custody and faces murder charges.

International

Dinosaurs could have survived asteroid strike

It turns out there is a good and a bad time for the planet to be hit by a meteor, and dinosaurs were just unlucky.…

National

OkCupid admits to Facebook-style experimenting on customers

By Sarah McBrideSAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) - OkCupid, a top U.S. matchmaking website, intentionally mismatched users to test its technology, the IAC/InterActive Corp service said on…

Local

MTA fares still increasing 4 percent in newly…

The agency said the 4 percent increases, previously announced in December, will remain steady even as the MTA deals with increasing labor costs.

Movies

Interview: Brendan Gleeson on the way 'Calvary' depicts…

Brendan Gleeson talks about how his new film "Calvary" began over drinks and how his character here is the opposite of the lead in "The Guard."

Movies

'Get on Up' producer Mick Jagger on the…

Mick Jagger, a producer on the James Brown biopic "Get on Up," talks about the time had to tell the singer some bad news and his favorite JB record.

Television

'Glee' star Lea Michele to appear on 'Sons…

"Glee" star Lea Michele has been confirmed as a guest star in the final season of "Sons of Anarchy."

Television

TV watch list, Monday, July 28: 'The Bachelorette'…

See Andi Dorfman make her big choice on tonight's 'Bachelorette' finale.

MLB

Angelo Cataldi: Ryan Howard deserves better from Phillies

Just last week, Ryan Howard endured the embarrassment of a benching that was inevitable, and yet still shocking.

NFL

Larry Donnell has inside track in Giants tight…

Little-known Larry Donnell of Grambling State currently has the inside track, as the second-year player has received the bulk of the first-team reps.

NFL

Computer to Jets: Start Michael Vick over Geno…

Jets general manager John Idzik says the choice of who starts between second-year quarterback Geno Smith and veteran Michael Vick will be a “Jets decision.”

MLB

Yankees looking to trade for Josh Willingham: Report

CBS Sports’ Jon Heyman reported Sunday the Yankees are interested in Twins outfielder Josh Willingham.

Travel

Glasgow: Hey, hey, the gangs aren't here

This European city has done a good job getting rid of its more violent residents and revitalizing with artists.

Education

Babson College tops list of best colleges for…

Money magazine has just released its inaugural list of "The Best Colleges for Your Money" -- and the answers have surprised many. Babson College, which…

Education

NYC teens learn how to develop apps during…

Through a program sponsored by CampInteractive, the high schoolers designed their own community-focused apps.

Tech

The Ministry of Silly Walks app is both…

Monty Python have dug into their back catalogue for cash-ins once more, but with the Ministry of Silly Walks app, they've made something that's fun too.