Brooklyn Nets point guard Deron Williams will miss the next two practices due to inflammation in his ankle. The official name for the diagnosis is synovitis which is an inflammation of soft tissue in the ankle joint. The news came out of nowhere and with the Nets opening game being less than a week away it turned into big news.
Williams had been dealing with small intermittent pain during the summer, although it had not limited him until now.
Coach Avery Johnson said the injury has been bothering Williams on and off dating back to the offseason.
“We don’t think it’s anything serious … he’ll be out tomorrow for practice,” said Johnson after Friday’s practice, “but we anticipate having him back Sunday or Monday.”
“Hopefully this treatment program that he’s on will help him and he’ll be ready to go in the next 24 to 48 hours,” the coach said. “It may be something that we have to manage, but we’ll see what happens after the next couple of days.”
“We’ve got plenty of time for him to recover and get back to work,” shooting guard Joe Johnson said. “That’s not a worry of ours.”
CJ Watson will take Williams place as the lead guard in training camp until Williams returns. The Nets have a ton of confidence in Watson’s ability to run the team as Watson has been a bright spot in camp to date.
Tyshawn Taylor will get more time as well which is good news with him coming off a great performance in the last preseason game sparking the team in the fourth quarter to a comeback. Taylor is coming off and injury early in camp so it can only help his standing with the additional time on the court.
The Nets don’t seem too worried about the injury right now but anytime someone needs an injection in their ankle it is a cause for concern, let alone the leader of the team, and I am sure Nets fans will take notice.
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