'My ankles don't hurt,' D-Will says

EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. -- Brooklyn Nets point guard Deron Williams, who has battled injuries all season, says his ankles don't hurt and claimed he can once again dunk.

During the week he was sidelined due to inflammation in both ankles, Williams did a three-day juice cleanse, regaining energy and getting bad toxins out of his system. He also received his third set of cortisone shots in both ankles, and felt better as a result.

"My ankles don't hurt," Williams said Tuesday. "We finally got the injections in the right spot, and they feel a little bit better. I can actually walk up and down stairs and run around with my kids. I can go to the playground with them. I don't have to hurt every time I take a single step. So yeah, I feel a lot better. I can dunk."

As for actually dunking in a game, Williams remains cautious.

"I don't know," he said. "I'm still nervous."

Williams is 0-for-1 on dunk attempts in this season. He tried to dunk on Nov. 23, but was emphatically blocked by Los Angeles Clippers power forward Blake Griffin and fell on his right wrist.

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