Starting Five: D-Will regaining bounce

February, 26, 2014
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Deron Williams has not dunked in a game since May 2, 2013.

But the Brooklyn Nets point guard, who looks much healthier after being hampered by ankle injuries for the second consecutive season, says he is physically able to throw one down again.

“I’ve been able to dunk for two weeks,” Williams said Monday.

He has been getting to the rim more lately ...

“I can go to the basket because I can jump,” he said.

Since the All-Star break, Williams is averaging 23.0 points and 6.7 assists on 48.9 percent shooting.

“I just relaxed and got away,” he said of what he did during the break. “I was thinking too much. Dealing with the injuries I’ve been dealing with, it’s frustrating, it’s depressing, it’s aggravating all at the same time. Mentally it took a toll on me, and it was good to get away and just separate myself and have a couple days to think about myself and play some ball.”

Here is what Nets coach Jason Kidd said he told Williams before the break: “My only thing to him was to play with energy. His energy becomes infectious."

How is Williams getting healthy?

“Just doing some stuff. Some secret stuff,” he joked. “Nah, I’m working with osteopath -- he’s been manipulating my bones and moving stuff around.”

• Williams was asked about Knicks point guard Raymond Felton’s situation: “Listen man, I got my license to carry in 26 states, but I’m not bringing my gun to New York City. I know better than that. That’s a tough situation. I don’t really know much about it other than what you said. I wish the best for Ray. I know Ray well and I wish the best for him. That’s tough.”

-- With Jovan Buha

Question: When do you think Williams will dunk?

In case you missed it: Jason Collins’ No. 98 jersey is a top-seller, and he received a nice message from Billie Jean King. Marcus Thornton is feeling better, too.

Stat of the day: Williams from 16 feet to in front of the 3-point stripe this season: 55.4 percent. Last season from that same range? 38.8 percent.

Up next: The Nets are in Portland to take on the Trailblazers Wednesday night.

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TEAM LEADERS

POINTS
Brook Lopez
PTS AST STL MIN
20.7 0.9 0.5 31.4
OTHER LEADERS
ReboundsK. Garnett 6.6
AssistsD. Williams 6.1
StealsD. Williams 1.5
BlocksB. Lopez 1.8