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Deron Williams went through "majority" of practice but is still out Friday vs. Raptors

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Deron Williams continues to progress towards the court. Thursday, the Nets said that Williams went through the "majority" of practice which included "some contact." Despite this hopeful news, Williams will sit out the Nets next game against the Toronto Raptors on Friday.

Williams  fractured part of the cartilage in his 12th rib on January 4. However, he attempted to play three days later against the Dallas Mavericks and left the game early on. Later, the fracture was found.

Brooklyn, despite shopping the point guard, needs Williams back on the floor. The Nets bench is paper thin right now and Darius Morris is not getting it done for them. With Williams back, the Nets can begin to turn there season around, for now. Brooklyn is 2-11 without him since he went down with the injury.

Meanwhile, Lionel Hollins used some extreme analogies when asked about changing his approarch...

"Do you change your approach when life doesn't go the way you want it?" Hollins said following practice. "There's some people that change their approach - they go kill themselves. But we're trying to compete, and play - I'm not trying to equate basketball with life and death, but still, there's adversity, and you have to fight through it."

"You could go lay down under a bridge and beg for money - you could do a lot of things other than keep fighting. I mean, competition is about keep fighting. Playing sports, there's going to be bad moments and you keep fighting. When you're going through them, you're trying to do everything that you can to overcome, and I think we're working hard."

Fred Kerber tweeted after the Williams news broke that Mason Plumlee was not at practice, for personal reasons, and is expected to play Friday.

  • Lionel Hollins offers existential take on struggling Nets - Mitch Abramson - New York Daily News
  • Game full of All-Stars ... but one Knick and no Nets - Mitch Abramson - New York Daily News
  • D-Will does some contact but out vs. Raps - Ohm Youngmisuk - ESPN New York
  • Nets: Deron Williams practices - Andy Vasquez - The Record
  • Rehabbing Deron Williams gets in a little bit of real practice - Fred Kerber - New York Post
  • Nets’ Hollins uses suicide reference for coaching analogy - Fred Kerber - New York Post
  • Deron Williams progresses towards return - The Brooklyn Game