Deron Williams Injury: Updates on Nets Star's Ankle and Return

Patrick ClarkeCorrespondent IJanuary 6, 2014

USA Today

Updates from Monday, Jan. 20

Rod Boone of Newsday provides a synopsis of Nets head coach Jason Williams discussing Deron Williams' return to the court:

Updates from Sunday, Jan. 19

ESPN's Ohm Youngmisuk provides a synopsis of Deron Williams and Jason Kidd discussing the Nets star's injury status:

Updates from Sunday, Jan. 12

Chris Vivlamore of the Atlanta Journal-Constitution has the latest on Deron Williams' status as he deals with an injured ankle:

Updates from Thursday, Jan. 9

Tim Bontemps of the New York Post has the latest on Deron Williams' injury:

Updates from Tuesday, Jan. 7

The Brooklyn Nets have updated Deron Williams' status via a statement on the team's website:

Following an MRI on Monday, January 6, Brooklyn Nets guard Deron Williams was diagnosed with a sprained left ankle. Williams was treated with a cortisone shot in the ankle joint, as well as platelet rich plasma (PRP) injections into the lateral ligaments of the ankle. In addition, Williams received a PRP injection into his right ankle and a cortisone injection into his right ankle joint to relieve inflammation. Williams, who will miss Wednesday’s game versus Golden State, is currently in a walking boot and will be re-evaluated at the end of the week.

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Brooklyn Nets point guard Deron Williams was ruled out of his team's matchup with the Atlanta Hawks on Monday, Jan. 6 with a sore ankle, according to Newsday's Rod Boone on Twitter:

The New York Daily News' Stefan Bondy provides some details on Williams' injury, which has plagued him throughout the first three months of the season:

While it remains to be seen how long the nagging injury could potentially sideline the 29-year-old floor general, the Nets can ill afford to be without their star for too long. 

After all, Brooklyn is off to a dismal 12-21 start to the season and has gone just 3-8 without Williams in the lineup to this point in 2013-14. Although the veteran's production is way down through the first 33 games of the regular season (13.6 points and 6.9 assists per game), his ability to score from beyond the arc and create for others is critical to Brooklyn's hopes. 

Despite Williams and the Nets' struggles this season, Brooklyn is less than two games out of a playoff spot in the Eastern Conference. However, an extended absence for Williams could cause the Nets to lose ground.