Monday, January 13, 2014

Deron Williams not going to London with Nets: Report

Deron Williams' return from his latest ankle injury won't be happening across the pond this week.

The Brooklyn Nets announced Sunday that their starting point guard didn't accompany the team Sunday night on its overseas trip for a game against the Atlanta Hawks at O2 Arena in London on Thursday, meaning he'll miss his fifth straight game.

Williams had platelet-rich plasma therapy on both ankles last week and also received cortisone shots in each ankle after spraining his left ankle three times this season. He was in a walking boot early last week.

After re-evaluating him over the weekend, the Nets apparently believe it best to go the conservative route. D-Will has already sat out 15 games this season because of injuries.

The timing of the six-day road trip might be a blessing in disguise for Williams and the team. The Nets appeared lethargic in a loss to Toronto on Saturday after their big win against the Heat. Now they'll play only one game this week while they wait for Williams to return.

When the Nets and Williams beat the Raptors twice in 2011 in London, it was the first time the NBA had played a regular-season game in Europe.

Williams will stay home for rest and treatment before the Nets return and host the Knicks on Jan. 20.

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