D-Will says he'll be ready Tuesday

EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. -- Brooklyn Nets point guard Deron Williams said his left calf feels "good" and he'll be ready to go for Tuesday night's game in New Orleans.

Williams suffered a left calf contusion in the final seconds of Sunday's loss to Memphis.

He missed Brooklyn's two games before the All-Star break due to inflammation in both of his ankles. Since then, Williams is averaging 20.3 points and 8.5 assists and shooting 44.3 percent from the field -- 52 percent from 3-point range.

"I feel better," he said. "I feel like the break helped and the (cortisone) shots helped and it's been a positive effect, and hopefully it continues to get better."

Williams is shooting just 31.9 percent in the fourth quarter this season. He was more aggressive Sunday night, scoring eight points in the final period.

"It's not like I haven't wanted to be aggressive, it's just like my ankles wear down quarter by quarter and toward the end of the game, it's like I have no lift," Williams said. "Now that they're feeling better, I'm just gonna try to keep attacking and keep the pressure on."

Williams scored 24 points in 42 minutes on Sunday night. He has averaged 40 minutes per game since the All-Star break.

So much for limiting his minutes.

"I was congratulating myself at halftime that I did a good job keeping his minutes at 18 or under 18 in the first half. And then I go out and play him 24 minutes in the second half," Nets interim coach P.J. Carlesimo said.

"I did the worst thing for him: I played him 40-something minutes. Again, he never wants to come out, so I have do what I did in the first half, which (is I) managed his minutes OK. I did not manage his minutes OK in the second half."