D-Will won't play vs. Knicks

EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. -- Brooklyn Nets point guard Deron Williams will not play in Thursday night’s rivalry game against the New York Knicks at the Barclays Center because of a sprained left ankle. He had been listed as doubtful.

Williams will miss his eighth straight game thanks to the injury and 10th game overall. There is no timetable for his return.

He originally hurt his ankle Nov. 15 in Phoenix, which caused him to miss two games. He returned Nov. 20 in Charlotte, reaggravated the injury, and hasn’t played since.

Tyshawn Taylor has been starting recently in Williams’ absence, with Shaun Livingston backing him up.

Williams, 28, had been averaging just 9.3 points and six assists per game. His Player Efficiency Rating of 13 is below the league average.

As previously reported, small forward Paul Pierce (hand), forward Andrei Kirilenko (back) and guard Jason Terry (knee) are also out.

The Nets (5-13) have lost 11 of their past 14 games.