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.
After the game, Williams talked about how he aims to dictate the flow of the game every minute he's on the floor, something his teammates don't take for granted.
[sny-box]"That's the type of energy we need every night. This is how we've got to play, especially on our home floor. [We've got to] come out and give these fans something to cheer about, and I think we did that tonight."[/sny-box]
When Williams is at his best, he can affect the game in incredible ways. Not many people expected Deron to look so good in his first game back in the lineup, but he looked like vintage D-Will with no real signs of rust.
Kudos to Kidd for throwing out any notion of limiting Deron's minutes when he saw how well he was responding to game action. Kidd may be an easy target for criticism, but you can't say the rookie head coach is stubborn or resistant to change.
Deron looked like the guy Brooklyn is paying a max contract for, and his play was a huge part of the Nets shooting a season-high 55.7% from the field as they knocked off the division-leading Celtics for their first winning streak of the season.
All in all, it's great to see this Nets team potentially starting to figure it out. Two straight wins is a good start. It sure would be nice for them to keep on streaking for awhile.