Preserving D-Will for playoffs

UPDATE: Following up on the condition of D-Will's ankles, he said that he received a third set of cortisone shots in the joints on Thursday and likely will have more injections before the playoffs, according to Mike Mazzeo of ESPNNewYork.com. Clearly, his condition is not getting any better and likely won't until he has offseason surgery. Hopefully, he can make it through the remainder of the season without missing a large stretch of games, but that's far from a certainty.


Per Newsday's Rod Boone, Brooklyn Nets head coach P.J. Carlesimo intends to give Deron Williams some extra rest down the stretch.

"As season winds down, PJ said #Nets will start crafting a plan to get Deron rest so he's good to go for the playoffs," he tweeted Friday.

This should come as no surprise, as D-Will recently had PRP treatment on his troublesome ankles, which Carlesimo said won't be 100 percent for the remainder of the season.

We'll have to wait to see exactly how Carlesimo intends to carve out that rest, but the Nets have a particularly stressful schedule the rest of the way, as they have nine back-to-back sets over the final seven-plus weeks of the season. He could end up skipping any number of those games. C.J. Watson, MarShon Brooks and Joe Johnson presumably would get a bump in production when Williams sits.