The return of Deron Williams and Paul Pierce could be the spark plug the Brooklyn Nets have been looking for.
The Nets sit at 6-14 and third place in the weak Atlantic Division, but they have some tough games coming up and will need all the healthy bodies they can get. Williams has missed nine straight games after re-injuring his ankle against the Charlotte Bobcats. The Nets need his scoring and overall floor leadership as the reserves, Shaun Livingston and Tyshawn Taylor, have faltered while assuming and splitting time in his absence.
Pierce injured his hand against the Houston Rockets a little over a week ago and was scheduled to miss 2-4 weeks. A week later, Pierce is having a full practice with his teammates while wearing a protective glove, ready to go against his former Boston Celtics team.
If Williams and Pierce are not capable of playing the whole game, their presence alone should be enough to ignite a spark in their teammates. The Nets are coming off a win against the Milwaukee Bucks their last time out and would love to get the ball rolling with a two-game winning streak.
Injuries have been a huge reason for the the Nets’ early-season failures, but with the return of two of their top players, things might be getting ready to turn around for the Nets. They are still awaiting a return date for Andrei Kirilenko and Jason Terry as both are still nursing injuries. Fans cannot wait to see this team at full strength, but they will take a little at a time right now starting with the return of Pierce and Williams tonight against the Celtics.