Healing Deron
Philadelphia, PA (Sports Network) - The natural healing process has failed Brooklyn Nets point guard Deron Williams again, so he's gone back to a familiar method to help him get over his ankle issues.

Williams had a platelet-rich plasma (PRP) injection and a cortisone shot in both ankles Tuesday after suffering multiple ankle injuries since September.

Now he'll rest and hope it works as well as it did last season.

Williams' ankle troubles limited him to 16.7 points, 7.6 assists, 1.8 threes and 4.4 free-throw attempts per game in the first half last season, but he had the PRP injections during the 2013 All-Star break and returned with a renewed vigor.

After the break, Williams posted 22.9 points, 8.0 assists, 2.8 threes and 5.3 free-throws attempts per game.

The Nets point guard sprained his right ankle while working out in September 2013 and missed the entire preseason before spraining his left ankle three times since mid-November.

In the 22 games he's managed to play, Williams averaged 30 minutes, 13.6 points, 6.9 assists, 1.4 threes and 3.0 free-throw attempts.

The Nets will reevaluate Williams on Friday, but he may not play again until Jan. 20 on the road against the New York Knicks.

Brooklyn will have the opportunity to get its point guard two full weeks of rest while having him miss just five games because it plays just one game -- Jan. 16 against the Atlanta Hawks in London -- between Jan. 12 and Jan. 19.

Fantasy owners should be buying low on the Nets point man now.

Obviously there are no guarantees involved here, but based on how well Williams responded to the PRP treatment last season, acquiring him is worth the risk.

According to newsday.com's Rod Boone, Williams said he was unable to move without severe pain prior to the treatment last season.

"Like, I could not walk," Williams said on March 16, 2013, about five weeks after undergoing the procedure. "I could not get up my stairs without it not killing me. It would take me 10 minutes to get up my stairs sometimes, especially in the morning."

The PRP treatment helped him go from that sorry state to averaging 23-8 over his final 28 games of the regular season.

Even if he doesn't quite return to those heights, the procedure at least should help him stay off the couch and on the court.




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