Cortisone shots and platelet rich plasma procedures performed on Deron Williams' ankles will keep the Brooklyn Nets guard out of the next two games, reports the New York Post's Tim Bontemps. The point guard will therefore miss a Friday night game against the Miami Heat and a Saturday visit to the Toronto Raptors.
Brooklyn will have five days off after the Toronto game before it travels to London to face the Atlanta Hawks on Thursday. This weekend, the Nets will determine if Williams will participate on the trip across the Atlantic.
If Williams remains out for the London trip, he would next be evaluated for a game against the New York Knicks on Jan. 20, meaning he could only miss three games over the course of 10 days.
The recent treatments to both ankles forced Williams to miss the last two games, wins against the Hawks and Warriors. Though there are relatively few games in the next 10 days, the bad news is that Williams' ankle troubles popped up during the brightest point of Brooklyn's tumultuous 2013-14 season. Currently on the four-game winning streak, the Nets have gotten solid play from the players they do have available.
Joe Johnson has scored 23 and 27 points in the last two games without Williams, Shaun Livingston has gone 69 minutes without a turnover as the starting point guard during that span and forward Andrei Kirilenko has earned more minutes as a do-it-all stop-gap.
Williams has dealt with ankle troubles since 2012, and this year he's already missed 11 games because of his sprained left ankle. The point guard is averaging 13.6 points and 6.9 assists this season.