Nets' Williams making a difference

MIKE GANTER, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 9:41 PM ET

LONDON, England — Five games into his new NBA life with the New Jersey Nets, Deron Williams has already had a profound effect on the New Jersey Nets.

Avery Johnson may have been a little over-amped having won two games in a row for the first time since early February, but he fully believes Williams already has changed the culture in New Jersey.

“Deron Williams’ spirit has infiltrated our team and it’s a positive spirit,” Johnson gushed after his point guard, playing with a sprained right wrist and a bone bruise on his left hand, gave him just under 53 minutes while scoring 21 and adding 18 assists.

There is no doubt in Johnson’s mind either, that the Nets haven’t even scratched the surface when it comes to what a healthy Williams can do for them.

“When his hand gets right you will see a lot more of his shots go down,” Johnson said. For the game Williams was good on 7 of his 20 shot attempts.

“The legs are strong but both of his hands are basically injured and he’s playing through it so give him a lot of credit,” Johnson said. “That’s what we love about him, that toughness ... Deron is tough as nails and eventually, when we become a playoff team, that is what you are hoping — that if a guy is still in pain like Deron is, he can still play through it.”


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