Billy King addressed the media yesterday with some news about his point guard, Deron Williams, and his status for the final two games prior to the All-Star break. King told the media that Williams would be out for both.
King said that Williams has been dealing with synovitis in both ankles and underwent platelet-rich plasma therapy yesterday. PRP is a treatment for aiding the regeneration of ligament and tendon injuries by extracting a small amount of blood and manipulating it before placing it back into the affected joint. This procedure is known to help shorten rehabilitation time and often, it eliminates the need for surgery. It is said to be used to help with the pain associated with arthritis.
The plan, according to King, was to get this therapy at the All-Star break, but after watching Williams writhe in pain multiple times against San Antonio, both the doctors and King decided to do it sooner. The time off would give Williams a full week to recuperate and hopefully be strong for the second half of the season.
Williams sat out the Nets' 89-84 overtime victory over the Indiana Pacers on Monday night, and will miss the team's game against the Denver Nuggets on Wednesday as well.
Williams received platelet-rich plasma treatment on both ankles earlier Monday and is expected to return to action next week.
"I think it's something with time off, he's played a lot of basketball over the summer, and it's not a structural thing," Nets general manager Billy King told reporters in Indiana, adding that he expects Williams to return to practice next Monday. "I think it's something that's manageable when you have more time to rest over the All-Star break."
Williams has been hampered by a myriad of minor injuries this season, but had missed just one game -- Dec. 26 in Milwaukee -- due to a bruised right wrist.
"He hasn't had the same explosiveness that he had last year, so there's obviously something that's affecting him," King said. "He's frustrated because he knows he's not playing the way he's capable of playing, so this will allow him to get some time off and rest his ankles and get back healthy."