Deron Williams Is Still on Minutes Restriction

deron_williams_2013EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. — Brooklyn Nets point guard Deron Williams thinks he’s still on a minutes restriction, but isn’t entirely sure.

“I haven’t really talked to anybody about it,” Williams said.

Williams, still recovering from a sprained right ankle injury he suffered during an offseason workout in Utah, has played 27 minutes in the previous two games after playing 22 minutes in the regular-season opener.

“We’ll see how he feels,” Nets coach Jason Kidd said. “Again, this is a process. This is training camp for him. So we’ll see how he feels.”

Williams, 29, is averaging just 8.0 points on 36 percent shooting in the early-going.

“Hopefully close,” Williams replied when asked how close he is to being the same player that was reverse-dunking in the playoffs last season.

“I just think it’s a matter of getting my legs under me. I haven’t done anything for six months. I’ve been pretty much just limited to jogging. That just happened a couple weeks ago. So I’m just trying to get there and get my confidence back in my legs and then I’ll be ready.”

The Nets host the winless Jazz (0-3) at Barclays Center Tuesday night. Williams has never beaten his former team (0-4).

“Hopefully we can get a win tonight,” Williams said, laughing. “That’s the goal.”

The Nets (1-2) need a win after losing by 21 in Orlando Sunday night.

Source: Mike Mazzeo,