Tuesday, December 11, 2012
D-Will: I haven't had a good game all season
By Mike Mazzeo
Deron Williams isn't happy with his performance this season -- and his frustration is showing.
On a night Deron Williams looked very much like the second-best player in New York, the Brooklyn Nets point guard admitted he needs to play better.
“I don’t feel like I’ve had a good game yet this season,” Williams said after being outscored 45-18 by New York Knicks forward Carmelo Anthony in his team’s 100-97 loss on Tuesday at Barclays Center.
D-Will had 10 assists, but shot just 6-for-16 from the field -- including 1-for-6 from 3-point range. He missed a wide-open potential game-tying 3 from the right wing with 2.4 seconds left.
“Tonight I had 18 and 10, but still, that’s not a good game for me. That’s an average game,” Williams said. “I need to get back to trying to dominate games and trying to find a rhythm out there. It’s just not happening the way I’d like it to, for whatever reason. I just gotta be more aggressive I guess.”
Williams, who signed a five-year, $98 million contract to remain in Brooklyn during the offseason, is shooting a career-low 39.1 percent from the field and 27.2 percent from 3-point territory. His 16.9 scoring average is his lowest since 2006-07 -- his second season in the NBA.
D-Will has tried not to make excuses, but he has clearly been bothered by a multitude of injuries, particularly a sprained joint in his right shooting wrist. Williams also said confidence has been an issue when it comes to his low field goal percentage.
He certainly looked confident hoisting that 3 before the buzzer sounded -- but it went in and out.
“It felt good. A lot of my shots feel good. They’re just not going in,” D-Will said. “It was a good look.”
As for Melo, who was unstoppable, D-Will said: “Like I said before the game, he’s having an MVP-type season. You definitely have to look at him as an MVP candidate right now.”
D-Will isn’t having the same success. As a result, the Nets (11-9) have now dropped a season-high five straight games.
“We need to get a win tomorrow,” Williams said. “And I need to play better.”