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Deron Williams to miss next two games, will return after the All-Star break

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The Brooklyn Nets announced today that Deron Williams will miss tonight's game against the Indiana Pacers and Wednesday's home game against the Denver Nuggets. He is expected to return after the All-Star break.

From the official release:

Brooklyn Nets guard Deron Williams will miss the next two games, tonight at Indiana and Wednesday vs. Denver, due to synovitis (inflammation of ankle joint linings) in both ankles. Williams received PRP (platelet rich plasma) treatment on both ankles earlier today and is expected to return to action following the All-Star break. Williams has played in 50 games for Brooklyn this season, posting averages of 16.7 points, 7.6 assists and 3.3 rebounds per game.

Williams has been dealing with ankle issues for most of this season, so it would seem as if a little extra rest -- which includes the All-Star layoff -- might do him some good. He's only missed one game this season, which was the day after Christmas in Milwaukee.

“It started hurting in the Olympics,” Williams said. “It was hurting really bad in the Olympics, [swelled] up pretty good in the Olympics and I had to get on some anti-inflammatories. I’ve been trying to strengthen it and do things to get it loose, but it seemed like throughout the course of a game it never gets loose.”

Williams absence is likely to open up minutes for MarShon Brooks and Tyshawn Taylor.