Deron Williams Injury: Updates on Nets PG's Leg

Michael DulkaContributor IJanuary 25, 2013

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Brooklyn Nets point guard Deron Williams was injured Friday night during the team's 101-77 loss to the Memphis Grizzles

Williams left the game in the third quarter with a leg injury and didn't return. 

Tim Bontemps of the New York Post tweeted out Williams status for the rest of the game:

Deron Williams has a left quad contusion. Return is questionable.

— Tim Bontemps (@TimBontemps) January 26, 2013

With the Nets trailing big in the fourth quarter, they likely didn't worry about bringing Williams back in to this game. The Grizzles jumped out to a 67-44 lead at halftime and held control throughout the game. 

At the time of the injury, Williams had 12 points, six assists, five rebounds and two blocks, but had a -12 as the Nets went down to the Grizzles early. 

Going forward, the Nets could be in trouble without their star point guard. Williams is averaging 17 points, 7.8 assists and 3.3 rebounds per game this season. The team would need to rely heavily on C.J. Watson to run the point guard. Watson is a much different player than Williams and isn't the same scoring threat.

The Nets will surely struggle to match that production if Williams were forced to miss time. The team's recent success has them in good standing in the Eastern Conference, but a slip-up could put them right back towards the middle of the conference. 

Williams won't have much time to get healthy as the Nets continue their four-game road trip tomorrow night against the Houston Rockets. They then return home to play the Orlando Magic on Jan. 28 and the Miami Heat on Jan. 30.