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Recap: The Nets began a five-game road trip with their fifth consecutive loss.

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Nets guard Deron Williams (rib) will miss all three games of the team's West Coast trip, the team said Wednesday (Nets, Jan. 21).

Williams missed his seventh consecutive game Wednesday night at Sacramento. The Nets said Williams "has begun on-court non-contact work," but still has pain. The team said the next update will be when his status changes.

Williams is averaging 13.9 points and 6.3 assists in 32 games.

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Result: The suddenly poor-shooting Nets lost their third in a row as Deron Williams played only four minutes before leaving because of his injured left side.


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Deron Williams, who returned to practice today, will likely come off the bench when he returns to action (Bondy, Dec. 24)

The Nets have won the two games in Williams absence while?he has been dealing with a calf strain. ?It remains to be seen how many minutes Williams will be able to contribute,?"I'd rather stay with the first group, and then give him his time" head coach Lionel Hollins said.

Williams could return as soon as Friday afternoon at Boston.

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Recap: After losing Deron Williams to a strained right calf in the second quarter, the Nets lost to the Cavs in Cleveland.


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The Nets said point guard Deron Williams will not return to Friday's game in Cleveland after leaving in the second quarter with a strained right calf. Williams left the floor and was accompanied to the locker room by trainer Tim Walsh.

Jarrett Jack took over at point guard for Williams, who has played in every game and played the most minutes this season for Brooklyn. The Nets led by 10 early before Cleveland took a 54-45 halftime lead.

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Recap: The Nets lost to the Celtics Sunday afternoon at the Barclays Center in their return to America; the game was shortened to 44 minutes.


Need to Know: The Celtics came out strong in the third quarter, outscoring the Brook Lopez-less Nets 33-14 after trailing 51-40 at the half.

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The Nets rallied from an eight-point halftime deficit to defeat the Utah Jazz 105-99. Trailing by as many as 13 at one point, Brooklyn secured the win with a strong second half performance.

Joe Johnson scored 27 points, Andray Blatche had 25 and Deron Williams added 19, as Williams won a game?in Utah for the first time since being traded to the Nets.

After the game, Williams talked about getting a win in his old stomping grounds.

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The Nets ended the first half of the season on a down note, losing to the Chicago Bulls on the road.

Deron Williams had six turnovers, something that's been plaguing him in recent weeks, and as we hit the All-Star break, nobody could use a break more than D-Will.

Williams finished the first half averaging a career-low 13.3 points per game, and his 6.6 assists per game are the lowest APG he's had since his rookie season in Utah.

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The 2013-14 Brooklyn Nets are the dictionary definition of the word "inconsistency."

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inconsistency: The team's biggest problem has been inconsistency: it has played well at times, but at other times it has played very poorly.

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The Nets (22-25) defeated the San Antonio Spurs (36-14) tonight by a score of 103-89.

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[sny-box] With five key players sitting out for the Spurs, the Nets came out flat but still led by one after the first half.

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The Nets (20-24) lost to the Oklahoma City Thunder (38-10) tonight by a score of 120-95.

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[sny-box] A Shaun Livingston steal and dunk cut the Thunder deficit to 17-16 at the 4:57 mark of the first quarter.

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The Nets' five-game win streak came to an end in dramatic fashion, as the Toronto Raptors stole an errant inbounds pass?and scored the game-winning basket in the final seconds to stun the crowd at the Barclays Center.

In 29 minutes off the bench, Deron Williams had 11 assists and a +18 plus/minus, both game-high marks for either team. But two of his three turnovers came in the final 30 seconds, including the fateful pass that cost the Nets the game.

The loss dropped the Nets to 10-2 in the month of January, with both losses coming against Raptors, who snapped a five-game Brooklyn win streak both times.

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The Nets (20-23) lost to the Toronto Raptors (23-21) tonight by a score of 104-103.

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[sny-box] In a battle of the two top teams in the Atlantic Division, the Raptors held a 94-85 lead with just over eight minutes remaining. But the Nets rallied on the shoulders of Paul Pierce to go on a 9-0 run to tie the game and eventually take the lead.

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The Nets announced this morning that Deron Williams will miss tomorrow's game with the Golden State Warriors due to continued problems with his ankles.

Williams received both cortisone and platelet rich plasma therapy in his ankles, something he underwent last year as well. He will be re-evaluated later this week.

According to this official press release, Deron had a cortisone shot in the ankle joint of his sprained left ankle, and platelet rich plasma (or PRP) injections in the lateral ligaments of that ankle. His right ankle is not sprained, but he had injections of cortisone and PRP in that ankle as well to reduce inflammation.

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After speculation this morning?about Deron Williams being a game-time decision, the Nets have announced that Williams is out for tonight's game due to soreness in his troublesome left ankle.

As reported earlier this afternoon, Tyshawn Taylor has been recalled from the D-League and will be active and ready to play tonight at the Barclays Center if needed.

Shaun Livingston will start at point guard, like he has been alongside D-Will as of late. Alan Anderson will move into the starting lineup at the shooting guard spot.

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Deja vu all over again.

Let?s flashback to last season.?The middling Brooklyn Nets went into San Antonio on Dec. 31, 2012 and got totally embarrassed by the Spurs by a score of 104-73 ? a 31-point loss.?In their next game on Jan. 2, 2013, the Nets were not expected to do much in Oklahoma City, against a Thunder team that had won 12 straight home games.

However, Brooklyn opened a 23-point lead, and despite a furious Thunder comeback to tie the game with seven minutes to play, the Nets orchestrated a 10-1 late run to gain an improbable 110-93 victory.

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The Nets (9-18) lost to the Indiana Pacers (23-5) tonight by a score of 103-86.

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[sny-box] The Nets were able to keep this game close in the first half ? trailing by only six at the break ? despite shooting only 35 percent from the field. But the Pacers took control in the third quarter, outscoring Brooklyn 30-19, en route to an easy victory.

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Jason Kidd is keeping it simple, and his players are very happy.

Stefan Bondy reports that Kidd has simplified both the offensive and defensive schemes, and his players are happy and thriving. Deron Williams told Bondy that Kidd gets his points across quickly, while also mentioning it might have been best for Kidd to divorce himself of Lawrence Frank:

[sny-box]?I mean, Lawrence was always kind of the defensive guy, so he was talking on defense and he was definitely long-winded when it came to teaching, so I definitely think it?s helped [that Frank is no longer around] We?re a veteran group, so we get things pretty easily. So at times when you?re just talking and you?re not practicing, it gets a little lengthy. But I think J-Kidd does a good job of getting his points across quick and easy and then we move on.?[/sny-box]

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?Our locker room couldn?t have been better as far as us guys staying together. We never started pointed fingers, we never started blaming one guy or this guy or that guy, we knew we needed to play better as a team and we knew our energy wasn?t there as a team. So we had to figure that out and slowly but surely we?re trying to do that.?

-- Deron Williams, to ESPN New York
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With Deron Williams back, the Nets offense was back in business this week:

Shooting: A-

Finally,?shots are dropping for Brooklyn. The Nets shot a stunning 55.7% against Boston, thanks in large part to open looks and a solid paint presence (that has a lot to do with Brook Lopez's return). They followed that up with a 44.6% effort against the Clippers. Williams looking like a top tier point guard is creating space for everyone, and the Nets haven't gotten this many good looks in weeks. Kevin Garnett's shot is finally coming around, though it still won't set the world on fire, and Joe Johnson had a money outing against L.A. Even Paul Pierce showed some vintage looks.

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Last night, the Nets won their third straight game, defeating the L.A. Clippers in a game that was not nearly as close as the nine-point margin of victory really showed.

In his second game back from injury, Deron Williams was dominant again, scoring 15 points with five rebounds and four assists, and holding NBA assists leader Chris Paul to just two assists, tying Paul's career-low for assists in a game.

Williams scored 12 of his 15 points in the second quarter, drawing oohs and aahs from the Barclays Center crowd as he twice crossed over Paul, getting the better of him once again in the 20th career matchup between the two star point guards.

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Sean from New Paltz, New York writes: I'm excited that now that the Nets are getting healthy, this is the time where they'll finally turn into the team we expected them to be. What do you think? Are these last two games the real Nets? Or is this just a mirage against weak opponents?

Nets fans are searching for something to be positive about (justifiably so) in this mess of an early season and?the ?win over Boston certainly is a place to start. It was probably the best this team has played all year. With Deron Williams coming back, and Paul Pierce surprising everyone with an early return, it looks like we can finally see what this team is all about. I still need to see Andrei Kirilenko on the floor, but beggars can't be choosers, I suppose.

That said, with all the optimism coming from the D-Will return, I would still pump the brakes a bit and not go too crazy with a single two-game winning streak. ?I want to see them win tonight against a road weary Clippers team that is coming off a game last night in Boston.?If they can play with the same energy and passion as last game tonight and grab another win it could make me start to think that maybe they have found something.

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"I'm sure there are people jumping off the bandwagon, which is great, but I know what I'm capable of doing when I'm healthy. Unfortunately, I haven't been healthy the last couple of years. So, hopefully -- knock on wood -- I can stay healthy and see what I can do.''

-- Deron Williams, to Newsday
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Deron Williams made his much anticipated return last night, and boy, it was like night and day watching this team play with him on and?off the floor.

The team seemed to have a focus and identity with him running the?show. The first half it was extremely evident as the Celtics ran out to a 14-5 lead and then it was like a light switch went on for Williams. He?started to run and get the Nets into early offense and they ran off a?30-10 run to go into half with a 56-47 lead.

That hasn't happened much this season, folks.

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Deron Williams and Paul Pierce returned to the court as?the Nets beat the Boston Celtics to win back-to-back games for the first time this season.

Williams was outstanding in his return, scoring 25 points on 10-of-16 shooting with seven assists, both game-highs.

Jason Kidd eschewed a minutes restriction with his star point guard, allowing Williams to play 37 minutes in his first game in three weeks.

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The Nets (7-14) defeated the Boston Celtics (10-13) tonight by a score of 104-96.

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[sny-box] The Nets had a comfortable 13-point lead after three quarters but went cold from the field to start the fourth. The Celtics though could not make a serious enough dent into the lead, so when Brooklyn regained its stroke, the game was sealed.

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Deron Williams and Paul Pierce will be available tonight, Nets coach Jason Kidd confirmed.

Williams will start at point guard. Pierce will be coming off the bench for the first time this season and only fourth time in his 16-year NBA career.

Williams returns to the lineup after dealing with nagging ankle injuries this season.

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Deron Williams (ankle), Paul Pierce (hand), Andrei Kirilenko (back) and Jason Terry (knee) have been ruled out of tonight's game with the Nuggets at the Barclays Center.

The four players were expected out tonight, and they were the only Nets on the injury report. The Nets will have an 11-man bench tonight.

Shaun Livingston or Tyshawn Taylor will start at point guard in place of Williams, and Alan Anderson will start at small forward in place of Pierce.

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The Nets have announced that starting point guard Deron Williams is out for Tuesday night's game against the Denver Nuggets at the Barclays Center.

Williams, who has missed eight of the Nets' last nine games due to multiple left ankle sprains, is also considered doubtful for Thursday's matchup with the New York Knicks.

Shaun Livingston and Tyshawn Taylor will continue to split time at the point guard spot until Williams returns.

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The Nets announced this afternoon that Paul Pierce is doubtful for tonight's game against the Memphis Grizzles due to a bruised shooting hand.

Pierce is shooting just 36.8% from the field this season, including 26.8% from 3-point territory, both career-lows.

He played just 15 minutes in Friday's loss to the Rockets, going 1-of-6 from the field.

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It appears the media email sent to fans this morning about the status of Brook Lopez and Deron Williams was indeed correct, and the hits just keep coming.

The Nets have now officially confirmed that Lopez and Williams will sit out tonight's game with respective ankle injuries, and Paul Pierce is also out for tonight's game with a sore groin that he apparently injured in the second half of last night's game.

As if that weren't a big enough blow, the Nets also announced that Kevin Garnett will sit out tonight's game with an ankle injury of his own, suffered after he collided with Lopez late in the fourth quarter after Lopez had fallen down injured.

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Last night, Deron Williams sprained his left ankle in the first quarter and did not return.

Late in the fourth quarter, Brook Lopez injured his ankle in an eerily similar fashion, stepping on another player's foot.

This morning, in an email to fans seen here, the Nets apparently broke the news that both Williams and Lopez will not suit up for tonight's game with the Los Angeles Clippers, as they rest their injured ankles:

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Last night in the Nets' win over the Phoenix Suns, the Nets snapped their three-game losing streak and got their first road win of the year.

After the game, head coach Jason Kidd praised his players for coming together and playing great team basketball on both ends of the court, and he gave a strong vote of confidence to backup point guard Shaun Livingston, who answered the bell in a big way after a first-quarter injury to starter Deron Williams.

[sny-box]"That's why we wanted him. I'm a big fan of Shaun. Running the offense, understanding when to look for his [shots], he ran the pick-and-roll extremely well [...] [and] defensively, he was big for us. You tip your hat to him because he was a big part of it."[/sny-box]

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In the first quarter of tonight's game against the Phoenix Suns, Nets guard Deron Williams suffered a sprained left ankle and was taken to the locker room. He has been ruled out for the remainder of the game.

Williams suffered the injury when he landed awkwardly?on the foot of Suns center Miles Plumlee after a?rebound attempt with 7:20 left in the first quarter.

X-rays were negative, and Williams' status going forward has yet to be determined.

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The Brooklyn Nets are in a funk, as anyone who's watched them can tell. Seven games into the season, the growing pains of adjusting to a new roster and new coaching staff have been, well, painful.

The truth is, there are a multitude of reasons for the Nets' slow, at times listless, start. I won't spend the duration of this column explaining every last thing that's gone wrong and needs to be fixed. Instead, I want to focus today on Deron Williams, the star point guard who's looked discombobulated and out of sync thus far this year.

When Jason Kidd was hired as Nets head coach, it was supposed to be a turning point in D-Will's Nets career. A superstar point guard coaching a superstar point guard. A guy in Kidd who knows first-hand the importance of an elite point guard who can make everybody, from his teammates to his coaches, look better.

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The rest of the Eastern Conference is improving around the New York Knicks.

The Miami Heat are the defending champs, and well, LeBron James is still on the team. The Indiana Pacers proved they're a tough test for the Knicks in the playoffs. The Brooklyn Nets added Kevin Garnett and Paul Pierce to play alongside Deron Williams, and the Chicago Bulls will get a healthy Derrick Rose back this year.

So Carmelo Anthony, how will you respond?

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Rivalry Check is an ongoing series in which we preview 10 of the top teams in the Eastern Conference.

New Faces: The Indiana Pacers didn't make too huge of a splash this offseason, only some minor tweaks here and there. The selected forward Solomon Hill out of Arizona with the No. 23 back in the NBA Draft. It was among one of the many unpredictable moves during this year's draft, with Hill being off many analyst's radar.

In need of a backup point guard, the Pacers signed C.J. Watson, formerly of the Brooklyn Nets. Last season, Watson averaged 6.8 points and 2 assists as Deron William's backup. The team also added Donald Sloan, who last year averaged 4.1 points and 1.9 assists with the Cleveland Cavaliers.

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An annual summer series, ESPN released its summer forecast yesterday, projecting where each team would finish in the 2013-14 season.

The top five in the East, according to ESPN, goes as follows: the Miami Heat, Chicago Bulls, Indiana Pacers, Brooklyn Nets and New York Knicks.

It's the same teams that finished in top five a season ago, except teams 2-5 are scrambled up. In 2012, the Knicks finished second in the Eastern Conference, followed by the Pacers, Nets and Chicago.

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What do you get when you combine one of the greatest point guards to ever play NBA basketball with arguably one of the present-day game?s most talented point guards?

You get the Brooklyn Nets, of course.

With Jason Kidd taking over as the 18th head coach in Nets? history, it was inevitable that several questions from his introductory press conference would focus on Brooklyn?s All-Star point guard Deron Williams.

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Jerry Stackhouse, the 18 year veteran that played for the Brooklyn Nets this past year, went on ESPN First Take today and debated Skip Bayless and Chris Broussard.

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The major hype right now surrounding the Brooklyn Nets is their search for a new coach.

P.J. Carlesimo did an admirable job on an interim basis, but assuming he didn?t lead the Nets to the Eastern Conference finals, his fate was pretty much sealed long before his firing.

Owner Mikhail Prokhorov and general manager Billy King want to bring in their own guy, and that search is ongoing.

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On Thursday night, the Nets defeated the Chicago Bulls by a final score of 95-92 in Game 6 of the Eastern Conference Quarterfinals.

The Skinny: The Bulls were shorthanded, playing without both Luol Deng (flu) and Kirk Hinrich (calf). The Nets seemed to smell blood and came out very aggressive. Brook Lopez (4-for-8) and Joe Johnson (5-for-6) each scored 10 points, but the Bulls got eight points each from Joakim Noah (4-for-6) and Marco Belinelli (4-for-7) and managed to keep it close after one. The Nets took quick shots and put an emphasis on pushing the ball. The biggest surprise was MarShon Brooks. Gerald Wallace picked up two early fouls, and Brooks was the first man off of P.J. Carlesimo?s bench. As a team, they didn?t turn the ball over in the first and led 33-27.

With the second unit, the Nets played relatively well and managed to hold a seven-point lead when the starters re-entered with about five minutes remaining in the half. Kris Humphries played with good energy, and the Bulls went about five game minutes between field goals at one point during the quarter, which left them in a hole. C.J. Watson, Andray Blatche and Humphries each scored four points in the second, but Nate Robinson sparked the Bulls to a run to close the gap to a single point, 47-46. Williams took over and scored eight points in the final two minutes of the half and helped the Nets out to a 60-54 halftime lead.

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On Monday night, the Nets defeated the Chicago Bulls by a final score of 110-91 in Game 5 of the Eastern Conference Quarterfinals.

The Skinny: After falling behind, the Nets went on an early 13-4 run to open a seven-point lead, with Deron Williams contributing five points during the run. But Chicago followed with a 7-0 run of its own to tie the game. Brook Lopez then led Brooklyn on a 7-0 run to again go up seven. Lopez poured in 11 points in the quarter, and the Nets led by five after one.

Nate Robinson?s energy led the Bulls on a 7-0 run to take the lead in the opening minutes of the second quarter. Back-and-forth lead changes ensued before a 9-2 Nets? run, led by hot mid-range shooting by Kris Humphries, put Brooklyn back up six. Chicago again closed the lead, but back-to-back three-pointers from Joe Johnson and Gerald Wallace and a pair of free-throws from Lopez as part of an 8-0 run put the Nets up 10. Eight points from Humphries in the quarter helped the Nets lead by eight at the break.

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Leading by 14 with 2:53 seconds to go in Game 4 of the Eastern Conference Quarterfinals, the Brooklyn Nets were in a perfect position Saturday to return home with the series tied 2-2.

But Nate Robinson had different plans.

The Bulls? reserve guard torched the Nets over the final stretch, which resulted in a 142-134 triple overtime win for Chicago.

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On Thursday night, the Nets were defeated by the Chicago Bulls by a final score of 79-76 in Game 3 of the Eastern Conference Quarterfinals.

The Skinny: The Nets went on an early 11-0 run fueled by six points from Deron Williams and a three-pointer from the ailing Joe Johnson to establish a double-digit lead. But from there, Brooklyn went completely cold, missing 14 straight shots over the final 6:25 of the quarter. The Bulls turned the ball over six times in the opening frame, but Chicago concluded the quarter on a 14-0 run to take a two-point lead after one.

An emphatic dunk by Brooklyn native Taj Gibson early in the second quarter gave the Bulls a six-point lead, but Chicago?s problems with turnovers kept the Nets in the game. Brooklyn just could not make a shot though, allowing the Bulls to go ahead by 12 as part of a 28-4 extended run. Chicago maintained a 10-point lead until a Gerald Wallace buzzer-beating three-pointer cut the Nets? deficit to seven at the break.

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