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Nets Opt to Give D-Will Rest with Break Looming


by Alex Sims, February 11, 2013

After 50 physically taxing games to start the season, Deron Williams will take some much-needed rest going into the NBA All-Star break.

Deron will sit out the next two games (Getty Images).On Monday afternoon, the Brooklyn Nets announced that D-Will would be held out of the team’s final two games before the All-Star weekend due to synovitis in his ankles.

No. 8 has been hampered by ankle troubles throughout this season and underwent platelet-rich plasma treatment on them Monday. The two-game break, along with the All-Star Break will afford Deron eight days of rest before his expected return to action, Tuesday, February 19th against Milwaukee.

Prior to Monday night’s contest with the Indiana Pacers, Brooklyn general manager Billy King commented on D-Will’s health, noting that the additional rest and treatment should benefit his point guard over the final stretch of the season.

"He hasn't had the same explosiveness that he had last year, so there's obviously something that's affecting him," King told reporters in Indianapolis. "He's frustrated because he knows he's not playing the way he's capable of playing, so this will allow him to get some time off and rest his ankles and get back healthy."

Synovitis is the inflammation of the ankle joint linings and isn’t an injury that is structural in nature. King also assured fans of this and that, with the upcoming All-Star break, now is the perfect window for Deron to take some extra time and tend to his physical health.

"He's played a lot of basketball over the summer, and it's not a structural thing," King said. "I think it's something that's manageable when you have more time to rest over the All-Star break."

The Nets will go forward in the final two contests leading up to the break without Deron. They will take on the Pacers on the road on Monday night before returning home to host the Denver Nuggets on Wednesday.

D-Will has seen his numbers dip through a litany of injuries this season, but King is certain that the treatment and additional rest will help D-Will to compete at the highest possible level as Brooklyn makes a run at the playoffs this spring.

"Am I confident he's going to get back to being Deron Williams? Yes," King said.