D-Will on drive: I thought I got fouled

February, 24, 2013
2/24/13
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Brooklyn Nets point guard Deron Williams felt he was fouled by Memphis Grizzlies guard Tony Allen late in the fourth quarter of Sunday night’s 76-72 loss at Barclays Center.

With 26 seconds left and the game tied at 72, Williams drove the lane and attempted a layup, but was blocked by Allen. Williams said he suffered a left calf contusion on the play when he was “kicked or kneed.”

“I definitely thought I got fouled, but they didn’t call it so I guess I didn’t,” said Williams, who finished 24 points -- eight of them in the final period -- along with four assists, four rebounds and three steals in 42 minutes.

Allen hit a pair of free throws at the other end with 19 seconds remaining to give Memphis the lead for good, and Williams turned it over with an errant pass to Mirza Teletovic on the ensuing Brooklyn possession. Mike Conley drained a pair at the stripe with eight ticks left to make it a two-possession game and seal the deal.

“It’s frustrating, but I can’t really control no calls or calls or anything like that,” said Williams, who came in shooting just 30.7 percent in the fourth quarter. “All I can control is that I turned the ball over on the next play, which is even more frustrating and really how we executed down the stretch was frustrating I think.”

Williams, who has endured several injuries this season, said his calf felt sore, but hopes he’ll be able to play in Tuesday night’s game against the New Orleans Hornets.

With Joe Johnson out for a second straight game due to a sore left heel, and Brook Lopez and Gerald Wallace stapled to the bench for the entire fourth quarter, Williams stepped up and was aggressive in the fourth.

“I didn’t settle for a jumper in the closing minutes,” he said. “I tried to attack the rim. I thought I got fouled but I didn’t get a call.”

Teletovic hit Brooklyn’s last field goal of the night with 2:49 left in the final period, making it 72-67 Nets. They didn’t score again the rest of the way.

“We definitely miss Joe,” Williams said. “We count on him so much, especially the closing minutes like we had tonight, tough close games like that. We definitely missed him out there. It was just a tough game. This is definitely a good defensive team who locked us -- I don’t think we shot well from the field, which is why the starters scoring output was so low.”

As far as his injuries are concerned, Williams joked that “most people’s seasons are up-and-down (injury-wise), my games’s are up and down. I do a move and -- I did a little Eurostep off my right and it hurt for about 10 minutes and started feeling better, and then I got going again. It just depends on what happens and how the game goes.”

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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

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