Williams Dealing with Inflamed Ankle
Deron Williams is dealing with inflammation in his left ankle and he wasn’t around as the Nets began preparing in earnest for Thursday night’s season opener against the Knicks. The All-Star point guard received an injection to help alleviate the problem.
Avery Johnson expects to hold Williams out of Saturday’s practice but didn’t seem overly concerned. “We don’t think it’s anything serious,” he said at the PNY Center. “Just a case of tendinitis . . . We anticipate having him back Sunday or Monday. The reason why I say Sunday or Monday is because we were initially going to take Monday off. But because of this impending storm, we may have to practice Sunday and then keep our guys in on Monday.”
Johnson said Williams’ ankle flared up after Wednesday night’s preseason finale against the Knicks at Nassau Coliseum. The Nets sent Williams to get a medical diagnosis.
Johnson didn’t deny the possibility that the ankle ailment could linger for a while. “It may be something that we may have to manage,” he said. “We’ll see what happens after the next couple of days.”