MIAMI -- Nets point guard Deron Williams says his ankle is ready to go against the defending champion Miami Heat in the East semis.
After rolling his left ankle in the second half of Game 6 against the Toronto Raptors, Williams said he got an injection after the Nets’ win. He played 38 minutes in that Game 6 win followed by 32 minutes in the Nets' Game 7 win in Toronto on Sunday.
“I got an injection right after the game,” Williams said at the team’s hotel in downtown Miami. “Kind of knocked all the swelling out of it. I’ll be ready to go.”
Williams, who had cortisone and platelet-rich plasma shots in both ankles in January, scored 13 points but missed 3 of 6 free throws down the stretch of Game 7.
After having to deal with Kyle Lowry in the first round, Williams’ task gets a bit easier against Mario Chalmers, who isn’t as much of a focal point as Lowry but still hits big and timely shots for Miami.
“Rio [Mario Chalmers] doesn’t have to do as much for Miami [compared to Lowry for Toronto],” said Williams, who averaged 16.9 points and 5.6 assists against the Raptors. “But if you look at the runs they’ve had the last few years, [Chalmers] has always been instrumental with runs.
“He’s one of those guys, when the playoffs start, when the bright lines turn on, he’s at his best. He hits big shots. You want to try and help off of him, but you really can’t. ... We don’t want, of course, LeBron [James] or Dwyane [Wade] going crazy or Chris [Bosh] going crazy, but you can’t let another guy go crazy -- and he’s one of those guys that can definitely do that.”