Grading Deron Williams' First Game Back from Ankle Injury for Brooklyn Nets

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Grading Deron Williams' First Game Back from Ankle Injury for Brooklyn Nets
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Deron Williams' return didn't draw all the fanfare and attention that Kobe Bryant's did. It also won't draw the criticism.

The second difference isn't because Williams is lower profile than Kobe, but because he had possibly his best game of the season against the Boston Celtics Tuesday night.

After missing 11 of Brooklyn's last 12 games with an ankle injury, Williams returned to Jason Kidd's starting lineup and scored a team-high (and personal season-high) 25 points on 10-of-16 shooting while dishing seven assists in 37 minutes.

Celtics coach Brad Stevens summed up Williams' return pretty well. According to The Record's Andy Vasquez, Stevens said, "We weren't playing those Brooklyn Nets that were without Deron Williams for nine games. That was their team and that is a good team."

Williams showed little sign of injury or rust throughout the game and his presence on the floor seemed to lift the entire offense. Brooklyn shot 55.7 percent from the field on the way to a 104-96 victory.

His individual performance will be graded on how he played offensively and defensively, how he meshed with teammates and how he held up physically.

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