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Since returning to action, Deron Williams has been aggressive with the ball, getting into the paint and either finishing at the rim or drawing contact and collecting free points at the charity stripe.
Against the Boston Celtics, Williams shot 10-of-16 from the field and 4-of-7 from the foul line for 25 points and seven assists. Against the Los Angeles Clippers and Detroit Pistons, D-Will went 5-of-5 and 6-of-7 from the free-throw line. Prior to these three games, the most foul shots attempted by Williams in a game had been two.
With Williams playing aggressively and attacking the rim, Brooklyn has its best chances of winning. According to Kevin Garnett, via ESPN.com, "Deron’s play is dictating how we’re coming out and starting games. He’s pushing the pace, he’s directing, he’s leading. He’s being Deron Williams and I really feel like that’s the difference.”
Paul Pierce also chimed in on Williams' importance, via ESPN.com,
He has to be our leader. Hands down. He changes the outlook of this team. We look like a whole different team now. We’re able to get easier baskets and put pressure on the defense. A lot of times we looked organized [while he was out], but with him out there as our leader and as a point guard, he’s getting us in the right spots and that’s what I envisioned.
A healthy and aggressive D-Will makes plays, and while chemistry continues to build and Jason Kidd finds his rhythm as a coach, Williams' playmaking can be the catalyst that turns this miserable season around.