- Mike Mazzeo, ESPN Staff Writer
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Bone spurs. Soreness. A sprained right wrist.
Without D-Will, there’s no way the Nets are 11-5. Then again, would they be even better if he was making his shots?
Entering Tuesday night’s game against the Oklahoma City Thunder, the 28-year-old is shooting a career-low 38.2 percent from the field and 26.8 percent from 3-point range. According to basketball-reference.com, Williams is shooting just 32.6 percent on jump shots, while making 68.6 percent of his layups.
A breakdown of his season by shot distance:
At the rim: 24-for-36 (66.7 percent)
3 to 9 feet: 10-for-24 (41.7 percent)
10 to 15 feet: 7-for-22 (31.8 percent)
16 feet to 3-point: 18-for-48 (37.5 percent)
3-point: 22-for-82 (26.8 percent)
“It’s not my wrist, man, it’s my confidence,” D-Will told reporters after Brooklyn’s loss in Miami on Saturday night, according to the New York Times. “I just got to play better. Injuries or not, I got to play. I can’t keep having 10 points, not being aggressive. I just got to find a rhythm. It’s just tough.
“I feel like I’m letting my team down,” D-Will added. “I feel like I’m not doing enough to help us win.”
Williams actually got off to a good start in 2012-13. In his first six games, he was shooting 46.9 percent (granted just 25.8 percent from 3-point range), while averaging 17.7 points and 7.7 assists.
But ever since hurting his lower right leg against the Boston Celtics on Nov. 15, D-Will hasn’t been the same. In his last 10 games, he’s shooting just 32.8 percent (27.5 percent from 3-point range), while averaging 14 points and 9.6 assists.
The last time Williams shot 50 percent in a game? Nov. 13 against the Cleveland Cavaliers.
His shooting lines since: 6-for-17; 4-for-12; 6-for-18; 4-for-12; 3-for-10; 4-for-13; 6-for-17; 3-for-12; 4-for-9; and 3-for-11.
The Nets play three times this week -- Tuesday, Friday and Sunday -- all at home. And they hope that the lighter schedule provides ample time for D-Will to rest and regain his confidence.
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