Lionel Hollins launched into a lengthy defense of Deron Williams today, says the way he's portrayed in the press is "totally unfair."
Joe Johnson said Deron Williams has a severe case of tendinits in his knee and that has "pretty much been my kryptonite."
Lionel Hollins isn't sure if Deron Williams is healthy enough to play tomorrow, but otherwise isn't looking to make a lineup change.
Lionel Hollins emphatically defended Deron Williams. Said the criticism of him is unfair, regardless of how he is shooting in this series.
Deron continued: "Of course I wanna be on the floor, but Jack was playing well and the guys did a good job of closing it out."
Deron Williams on getting in the 4th quarter: "I was pretty sore, so I don't know how effective I would've been."
Deron on getting hurt today: "It's frustrating for me to be banged up, but we won tonight and that's the only thing that matters."
Lionel Hollins had no update on Deron. Williams's health. Hadn't spoken with trainer Tim Walsh yet.
Lionel Hollins on sitting Deron Williams the final 16 minutes: "It's just basketball. I made more than that one sub."
Deron Williams now has 9 playoff wins with the Nets. Carmelo has 7 with the Knicks.
Question becomes more valid after this game: Does Lionel Hollins start Jarrett Jack over Deron Williams?
Nets lead 67-62 after three. The big question: with Deron Williams limping and ineffective, have to wonder if we see him again tonight.
Nets up 67-62 after three quarters. Wonder if we’ll see Deron again. Jack has only taken two shots, has a 5:0 assist-turnover ratio.
Thad Young is balling, while Deron Williams, Joe Johnson and Brook Lopez are a combined 7-for-30 shooting. Makes sense
Combined shooting for Deron, Joe and Brook: 7-for-28. That's 25 percent if elementary school math is correct.
Joe Johnson and Deron Williams are a combined 4 for 20.
Deron Williams has shot 17-73 (23.3%) over his last seven games.
Lionel Hollins subbed out Deron Williams, who is 1-for-8. Nets are blowing this one.
Jarrett Jack has come in for an ineffective/hobbling Deron.
Deron Williams is limping every time he’s not handling the ball.
This could be the game Deron Williams gets his first triple double. ...if he could only get 10 points.
Joe Johnson, Brook Lopez and Deron Williams chilling at a combined 5 for 24 from the field.
Deron Williams and Joe Johnson have combined for nine points on 3-of-16 shooting.
Deron Williams has gotten past Teague with some success a few times, but has gone nowhere once he’s there.
Teague already way too fast for Deron, who's been limping since 2nd qrtr. Hawks' 1st hoop of 3rd came after he left Deron behind on screen.
Deron Williams limping heavily as he walks off. Appears to have done something to his right knee/quad.
Deron has to come out. Looks like he banged his thigh.
Deron Williams landed square on his tailbone. Slow to get up, walking gingerly. Still in the game.
Why did Hollins take out Bogdanovic to play the Jack/Deron backcourt?