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Thursday, April 4, 2013
D-Will won't need cortisone shots

By Mike Mazzeo

Brooklyn Nets point guard Deron Williams told the New York Daily News on Wednesday that he will not require a fourth round of cortisone shots prior to the playoffs.

That’s the case because D-Will’s third round of shots in both of his inflamed ankles were so successful, he told the newspaper.

“That’s a good thing,” Williams said, who thought he would require a fourth round of shots back in February.

Plagued by injuries, among other things, D-Will struggled through the first 50 games of the season. But he took a week off during the All-Star break to rest and recover -- and everything changed. During that week off, Williams did a three-day juice cleanse, received platelet-rich plasma therapy and got his third set of cortisone shots.

Prior to the break, D-Will was averaging 16.7 points on 41.3 percent shooting, 34.7 percent from 3-point range. In 21 games since, he’s averaging 22.2 points on 46.9 percent shooting, 43.4 percent from 3-point range.