Wednesday, February 15, 2012
D-Will not caught up in 'Linsanity'
By Mike Mazzeo
Everyone seems to be caught up in "Linsanity."
Everyone ... except D-Will.
"Why would we get excited about the Knicks?" Nets point guard Deron Williams replied when asked about Knicks point guard Jeremy Lin on Wednesday morning. "We're 8-21. I’m worried about us, not what the Knicks are doing."
So, does all the attention the Knicks are getting bother him?
"They're the Knicks," Williams replied.
And the fact that Lin's rise to prominence began against the Nets?
"Y'all got anything about [our game]?" Williams asked. "Anything that's relevant with us?"
Williams said he didn't see Lin's last-second, game-winning 3-pointer against the Raptors on Tuesday night because he hasn't watched TV since he was playing overseas in Turkey.
Williams vs. Lin Part II will take place on Monday night at MSG.
• Shawne Williams (mild sprained left shoulder) will miss Wednesday night's game against Memphis.
He is visiting the doctor, and coach Avery Johnson didn't know how he suffered the injury.
Veteran DeShawn Stevenson, who has missed the last two weeks with a sore right knee, will start, Johnson said.
"We've definitely missed him," Johnson said. "We've missed his energy and his experience. Here's a guy who knows how to play the game."
Johnson said he doesn't know if Stevenson will play "40 minutes," but he should see plenty of time at the 3 with Shawne Williams unavailable.
Stevenson will be assigned to guard Grizzlies scoring wing Rudy Gay.
Johnson said the Nets will be careful to monitor his minutes with a string of six games in eight nights coming up.
• So, D-Will, what's up with all these injuries? One day it’s someone. The next day, it’s someone else.
"I told you guys, that's Avery Johnson and his 'New Orleans Voodoo,'" Williams joked.
• Center Mehmet Okur (lower back) remains out. The team will update his status on Saturday. As was already reported, center Brook Lopez is out at least through Thursday. The team will update his status on Friday.