Deron Williams said just a few weeks ago that is was crucial for his Brooklyn Nets to head into the All-Star Break in good form. Unfortunately for the Nets, they haven’t done all that well, going just 4-6 SU and 3-7 ATS in their last 10 games. Now, Williams is on the shelf with an ankle injury that will keep him out until at least next week.
It is impossible for one man to replace one of the best point guards in all of basketball. Sure, the numbers for Williams weren’t out of this world this year, but it is still difficult to replace 16.7 points and 7.6 assists per night.
The man that has been tabbed to take on the role of the starting point guard is G CJ Watson. He only averages playing around 17.5 minutes per game this year, and he really isn’t a man that is going to step in and be a regular point guard. Head Coach PJ Carlesimo figured that out in a hurry against the Indiana Pacers and pulled him out of the game after just 19 minutes on the court and only one point scored.
Instead, it has become the duty of G Tyshawn Taylor to run the point. Taylor has spent plenty of time in the D-League, and he hasn’t done all that much at the NBA level at this point in his career. However, he came up big for the Nets on Monday, scoring 12 points and running the show in OT in a win against Indiana.
Fortunately for the Nets, they will probably only have to play on Wednesday night without Williams. He is likely to rejoin the team right after the All-Star Break is said and done with.
Brooklyn is a 1-point favorite on the NBA odds against the visiting Denver Nuggets on Wednesday.