- Mike Mazzeo, ESPN Staff Writer
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NEW YORK -- Brooklyn Nets point guard Deron Williams, who has been playing through a litany of minor injuries lately, revealed he sprained a joint in his right shooting wrist while bracing a fall in Friday night's game against the Los Angeles Clippers.
"When I went up against Blake Griffin (to try to dunk the ball), I landed on it. I came down and braced my fall with the right wrist, and I jammed it," Williams said after the Nets defeated the rival New York Knicks 96-89 in overtime Monday night at Barclays Center.
Williams underwent offseason surgery to remove three loose bone fragments and scar tissue from his right wrist in April 2011 but said "it doesn't have anything to do with the surgery."
"I just kind of sprained a joint, so it's been a little bit sore," he said.
Williams managed to produce his team-leading sixth double-double of the season Monday night (16 points and a season-high 14 assists) but shot just 6-for-17 from the field. Over his past seven games, he's shooting just 33.3 percent (33-for-99).
"I still haven't shot the ball well," Williams said. "I'm just trying to get through these little nagging injuries, so hopefully I can shoot a little bit better and help my team a little bit more. I'm just trying to do the little things, get everybody involved, play solid defense and help my team win."
Prior to his team's win over the Trail Blazers on Sunday afternoon, Nets coach Avery Johnson admitted Williams was "banged up."
"I think he's banged up his elbow and his wrist," Johnson said. "That's not a great recipe for success for a shooter. So I just think it's a matter of him getting extremely confident in his shot, and he's just been nursing a lot of little issues -- wrist, hand, elbow. It's not an excuse; it's just a fact."
Before the season, Williams said he'd probably have to undergo offseason surgery to clean out bone spurs in his left ankle, but took a cortisone shot to ease the pain. Other minor injuries have piled up ever since.
Williams, 28, has yet to miss a game this season. He's shooting just 39.4 percent overall -- 26.4 percent from 3-point range -- while averaging 16.7 points and 8.9 assists.
The Nets (9-4) are currently tied for first place with the Knicks (9-4) in the Atlantic Division standings.
Brooklyn takes on the Boston Celtics on Wednesday night.
Mike Mazzeo is a regular contributor to ESPNNewYork.com.
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