According to Mike Mazzeo of ESPNNewYork.com, Brooklyn Nets guard Deron Williams will be out indefinitely with a rib fracture he suffered during Brooklyn’s 84-88 loss to the Miami Heat last Sunday night. Williams tried to give it a go against Boston this past Wednesday, but he was not able to overcome the ailment.
“Deron reported some soreness above this area over the weekend and as a result underwent imaging studies on Monday, which were negative,” team physician Riley Williams III said Thursday in a statement. “Yesterday during the game he reported a new onset of symptoms below the prior area of soreness. New imaging studies done today demonstrated the fracture. There is no timetable for his return.”
Williams, 30, had recently been demoted to the bench in favor of guard Jarrett Jack, as Lionel Hollins looked to ease Williams back into things so he could re-gain his mojo. This season, Williams is averaging 13.9 points per game, the lowest since his rookie season. Jack has outplayed Williams as a starter, averaging 15.3 points, 5.3 assists and 3.9 rebounds per game in 10 games as the starting man.
Brooklyn is currently the 7th seed in the Eastern Conference at 16-19, but things are about to get much tougher for the team that has played the NBA’s easiest schedule. The Nets face a red-hot Detroit Pistons team on the road tomorrow, and have to play contests against Houston, Memphis, Portland, Atlanta and Toronto later this month.