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Deron Williams says he will sit out Nets’ first preseason game

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There is a whole semi-truck of things that need to come together if the Nets are going to be the contenders they think they are, and at the top of that list will be getting vintage play out of Deron Williams. For all the talent on that roster Williams is the table setter, the best shot creator — Kevin Garnett and Paul Pierce can still finish but they don’t create shots like they did a decade ago.

So the fact D-Will has battled ankle injuries that have limited him through the start of training camp is not good. He sprained his ankle a month ago and it still lingers.

Now comes this news, via Rod Boone of Newsday on twitter:

He also suggested he may miss the second game as well. So expect more Shaun Livingston in the preseason.

If this were the regular season Williams could play, but there is no reason to rush him back. Really, even if this were the regular season there would be no reason — the Nets are going to make the playoffs, what matters is for them to be healthy and clicking in April, not November.

They need to get Williams’ ankles healthy, not have them as a lingering thing that slows him through the season. The Nets know they really only have one shot at this.

Bradley Beal drives around, dunks over Kristaps Porzingis (VIDEO)

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If you’re a Knicks fan, the positive is that at least Kristaps Porzingis tried to make a play.

But he was not going to stop the athletic Bradley Beal with a full head of steam, and the result was a Beal dunking over Porzingis as he tries to block the attempt.

Beal wasn’t sharp, scoring 12 points on 5-of-14 shooting. The Knicks has an efficient Carmelo Anthony and that got them the win.

Carmelo Anthony drops 21 on Wizards in preseason Friday

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We had an efficient Carmelo Anthony sighting in the preseason.

Anthony and the Knicks went up against the Wizards and ‘Melo hit 10-of-15 shots to score 21 points. He also had four rebounds and four assists.

Derrick Williams had 23 points on 11 shots to lead the Knicks in scoring, and New York won 115-104.