UPDATE: Tuesday, Feb. 19, 9:50 a.m. ET by Donald Wood
Williams has missed two games with issues affecting both ankles.
The veteran point guard told ESPNNewYork.com about how he feels and what the doctors said.
It definitely feels better than it did before I did it. [The doctors] said a week [of rest] was sufficient, so I trust the doctors. I definitely need more rest than a week for it to get back to normal, but I don't have time right now.
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The eight-year veteran has been suffering with inflammation in his ankles for a while now, as he missed practices earlier this month.
It seems that the issue has become too painful and distracting for him to deal with, so he will take a seat in order to rest and rehabilitate.
Considering the Nets have won just three of their last nine outings, this injury comes at an unfortunate time.
It’s quite possible that Brooklyn drops these two contests, and the franchise could potentially slide back in the East’s playoff picture.
As of Monday afternoon, the Nets are 29-22—good for fifth place in the conference. However, the Atlanta Hawks (27-22) and Boston Celtics (27-23) are right on their tail and could move up if Brooklyn stumbles.
After an injury-plagued 2011-12 campaign, Williams has played in all but one of the Nets’ contests during the 2012-13 season, making his absence for these next two games a bit of a surprise.
Hopefully, the synovitis isn’t too serious, and the former Illinois star can return to the court in time for next Tuesday’s showdown with the Milwaukee Bucks in Brooklyn.
The team certainly needs him back as soon as possible if it is going to find success and make a serious playoff run in 2013.