Deron Williams has dealt with no shortage of injuries during his career, and he adds another one to that list now. The Nets announced on Thursday that Williams is out indefinitely with a fractured rib.
Williams underwent an MRI which showed a fracture in the left 12th rib. He will be re-evaluated in a week.
“Deron reported some soreness above this area over the weekend and as a result underwent imaging studies on Monday, which were negative,” team physician Riley Williams III said Thursday in a statement. “Yesterday during the game he reported a new onset of symptoms below the prior area of soreness. New imaging studies done today demonstrated the fracture. There is no timetable for his return.”
This is a bummer for the Nets. Williams had been coming off the bench of late, but he’d actually been pretty effective in this role, shooting 38.9 percent from three-point range and averaging 13.9 points and 6.3 assists per game.
The Nets currently have the seventh seed in the Eastern Conference at 16-19, but it’s not a very big lead, and several teams are in a position to overtake them. The eighth-seeded Heat trail Brooklyn by only one game, and two teams (Indiana and Boston) are two games out. If Williams doesn’t return soon, that’s just one more thing that could contribute to a season without a playoff run, which would be a disaster for a Nets organization that has traded away most of their upcoming draft picks in an attempt to build a contender.