Deron Williams loves being a closer.
We’re talking basketball here, not baseball.
It’s true that Williams likes to start a lot of things as a basketball player for the Brooklyn Nets. But he also enjoys finishing them off.
Williams showed what a true closer he is Tuesday night in a 101-97 NBA victory for the Nets over the New Orleans Hornets. In the final 1:24, Williams scored all 11 of his team’s final points including 6-of-6 in free throws.
Williams expressed satisfaction for being able to close out a game in this way and acknowledged he hasn’t been doing a very good job in that area. Closing out a game is something Williams usually had success with in his earlier years. If he can do this a few more times, the Nets will be downright deadly.
During the regular season, Williams has averaged 17 points, 3.2 rebounds and 7.67 assists per game. He’s not having one of his better scoring seasons in terms of points per game but this has been one of his better shooting seasons.
For the season, Williams is shooting 41.6 percent from the floor. He’s been putting up a lot of shots for the Nets and hasn’t always been connecting. In a 106-96 loss to the Houston Rockets, he was only 5-of-17 from the floor, although he had a spectacular floor game with 13 assists.
But that was a case where Williams wasn’t closing the deal for the Nets. He needs to close out more games for the Nets before they can be considered as real playoff contenders.