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Deron Williams' health, or lack thereof, has been a major story all season long. Since the All-Star break, though, Williams has looked much better. He's a bit more explosive and is scoring 21.7 points per game, post-break, as opposed to 16.7 points per game, pre-break.

Fortunately, according to Williams, he's feeling much better.

From Mike Mazzeo of ESPN New York

During the week he was sidelined because of inflammation in both ankles, Williams did a three-day juice cleanse, regaining energy and getting bad toxins out of his system. He also received his third set of cortisone shots in both ankles and felt better as a result...

"My ankles don't hurt," Williams said Tuesday. "We finally got the injections in the right spot, and they feel a little bit better. I can actually walk up and down stairs and run around with my kids. I can go to the playground with them. I don't have to hurt every time I take a single step. So, yeah, I feel a lot better. I can dunk."

As for actually dunking in a game, Williams remains cautious.

"I don't know," he said. "I'm still nervous."

As great as Brook Lopez and Joe Johnson have been, the Nets will only be able to go as far as Williams can carry them. All things considered, the NBA season is an 82-game long hill and valley ride.

And the Nets are currently in the midst of a long three day break. The team returns to action tomorrow night at the Charlotte Bobcats before hosting the Washington Wizards on Friday night at Barclays Center.

Trailing the Knicks by just 3 1/2 games in the Atlantic Division, the team still has 22 games to go and is still very much alive in the hunt for the franchise's first division title since 2006.

Williams proclamation of being pain free probably couldn't come at a better time.

Since the Knicks and the Nets split the season series, it's important to note that the second tiebreaker between the two teams would be their record against Eastern Conference teams and the Nets currently lead that battle with a 25-12 record, versus a 23-13 for the Knicks.

There's still a lot of games left, but all in all, the Nets are in a good position.


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