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"Wait, What Happened?" Playoffs Edition: Deron Williams goes scoreless against the Heat

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Tom Szczerbowski-USA TODAY Sports

Deron Williams, the Brooklyn Nets' franchise point guard, forgot to show up against the Miami Heat on Thursday night in a pivotal Game 2, where the Nets were looking to even their Eastern Conference SemiFinals series at 1-1.

Williams was held scoreless, on 0-of-9 shooting from the floor with seven rebounds, six assists and two turnovers in 37 minutes. He finished with a +/- of -18. How bad was this performance, in a 94-82 losing effort?

Yup, the first time in 60 games he was held scoreless.

To the Heat's credit, they played fantastic defense on Williams, who tried at times to get to the basket, but for most of the second half Williams was a complete non-factor. There were times where he walked the ball up the court, dumped it off to either Joe Johnson or Marcus Thornton and then took himself out of the play. He was timid, passive and completely out-matched. He was not the franchise player the Nets needed him to be. Not even close.

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Deron Williams Shots

1st Quarter: 0-for-1 (missed a 3-pointer)

2nd Quarter: 0-for-4 (missed two jumpers, missed two layups)

3rd Quarter: 0-for-1 (missed a 3-pointer)

4th Quarter: 0-for-3 (missed a jumper in the lane, missed two layups)

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