Monday, April 22, 2013
D-Will: 'I'm not going to play like this again'
By Mike Mazzeo
Brooklyn Nets point guard Deron Williams vowed that his poor performance Monday night will be his only poor performance during the 2012-13 playoffs.
What you saw from Deron Williams in Game 2? You won't see it again, the point guard said.
“I didn’t play good. I’m not going to play like this again,” Williams said after going 1-for-9 from the field and scoring just eight points in his team’s 90-82 loss in Game 2 of the Eastern Conference quarterfinals at Barclays Center.
Williams was unstoppable in Game 1 on Saturday night, scoring 22 points, dishing out seven assists and notching three steals, not to mention landing an electric two-handed reverse dunk.
It didn’t matter who guarded the 28-year-old franchise player. He had his way.
But it was a different story in Game 2.
The Bulls did a terrific job defensively on Williams. Credit Kirk Hinrich, who played like a pest on that end of the floor all night.
Williams, who did have 10 assists, missed his first six shots and didn’t get his first and only field goal until the 7:56 mark of the third quarter.
“They did some things, they tried to keep me on one side of the floor and definitely stayed with me longer on pick-and-rolls, and tried to trap me a little bit,” D-Will said. “I’m going to look at the film and see what happened.”
Williams added that he didn’t get to the basket enough.
“I don’t think I attacked enough tonight,” he said. “I missed some shots early and it kind of made me passive. And then the way they were playing me, I was getting doubled, I just wasn’t going to try to force a lot of bad shots. I just wasn’t aggressive enough.”
The Nets need Williams to bounce back and be his dominant self in Game 3.