- Mike Mazzeo, ESPN Staff Writer
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EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. -- Deron Williams has shot just 3-for-20 from the field in his last two games. But the Brooklyn Nets point guard likes his shot selections, and he figures the ball is eventually going to find its way into the basket.
“I’m not forcing anything, and I’m not going to force anything against this team,” Williams said Monday morning prior to Game 4.
“That’s what they want you to do. I’m gonna keep attacking and hopefully I get some calls at the rim. If not, I just have to do a better job at finishing.”
Williams is just 1 for his last 9 on shots coming from less than five feet, according to NBA.com, with five blocks against. He has attempted just two free throws in the last two games.
“He was Deron,” Nets coach Jason Kidd replied when asked about Williams being aggressive. “He’s been doing it the whole series. So again, [the key is] for him to attack and get the ball in the paint.”
In Game 2, Williams had six assists and was a minus-18. In Game 3, he had 11 assists and was a plus-18.
Williams was able to get his teammates open looks in transition, which was big.
“Attacking early helps,” Williams said. “We’ve talked about not letting their defense set up.”
The Nets cannot afford to go down 3-1 to the two-time defending champion Miami Heat.
“We’re excited about the game tonight,” Williams said. “We know we need to win this to tie this thing up and head back to Miami, so that’s our focus right now.”