Deron Williams out until All-Star break

Ankle synovitis to keep Nets' PG on the sideline
02/11/2013 2:32 PM ET
By Lou DiPietro

Deron Williams has missed just one of the Nets' first 51 games.(AP)
The Brooklyn Nets announced Monday that guard Deron Williams will miss the team’s final two games before the All-Star Break with a recurrence of synovitis in both ankles.

Williams, who is averaging 16.7 points and 7.6 assists per game this year, received platelet-rich plasma treatment in both ankles on Monday, and will sit out both the Nets’ game in Indiana on Monday and the first-half finale against Denver at Barclays Center on Wednesday.

Synovitis is an inflammatory condition in which fluid collects around the affected area, causing severe joint pain and tenderness. Williams has dealt with the condition in his left ankle all season, and after receiving a cortisone injection to relieve symptoms prior to the season opener, the 28-year-old said he might need surgery to “clean up” that ankle after the season.

Despite that, Williams had, as of Monday, missed just one of the Nets’ first 51 games – their Dec. 26 loss in Milwaukee, when he sat out with an injured right wrist.

According to team PR, Williams is expected back after the All-Star break; Brooklyn will begin their second half on Tuesday, Feb. 19, when they host Milwaukee in the first half of a back-to-back, home-and-home series.

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