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Deron Williams is fine coming off the bench as long as the Nets win

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Following the Nets rout of the Knicks at Madison Square Garden yesterday, Deron Williams said it was not only his idea to come off the bench today, but that he's willing to continue in that role as long as the Nets continue to win.

During Williams' absence with an injured ankle, the starting lineup of Shaun Livingston, Alan Anderson, Joe Johnson, Paul Pierce, and Kevin Garnett posted a record of four wins and no losses.

It's not as if Williams will be relegated to the bench, but rather a sacrifice that he's making for the good of the team. Even though he didn't start the game, Williams played 27 minutes to Livingston's 21. He finished with 13 points on 4-of-10, shooting include 2-of-8.from deep. He also grabbed three rebounds and handed out three assists. He was a +15, third highest on the team.

It's a bold initiative for Williams to take. This Nets' team is, after all, built around him. It suggests that he understands his role and that he needs to get back into game shape.  As Stefan Bondy adds...

It also doesn't hurt that Shaun Livingston has filled in very nicely for Williams as the starting point guard.