As reporters rushed to surround Brooklyn Nets rookie center Mason Plumlee after the first-year player's key block on Miami superstar LeBron James sealed Brooklyn's 88-87 victory over the Heat, teammates playfully jabbed at the team's only rookie.
Before the Brooklyn Nets departed the friendly confines of Barclays Center on Friday night, Deron Williams noted how well the team has been playing in front of their uplifting fans over a 15-game home winning streak.
In the same breath, D-Will surmised that the Nets needed to find a way to create their own boost for road games,. like Saturday's trip to Philadelphia to take on the 76ers.
Enter Kevin Garnett.
The Brooklyn Nets picked up their 15th consecutive home win on Friday night and Deron Williams continued to show a keen ability to contribute to the team's performance in a variety of ways.
April is Autism Awareness Month and through his Point of Hope Foundation, Autism Speaks ambassador Deron Williams is doing all he can to help get the message out about autism and rally people to help.
Just one night after clinching a playoff berth with a tough win over the Houston Rockets, Deron Williams and the Brooklyn Nets were back in action for an equally daunting test.
But Wednesday night against their crosstown rival New York Knicks at Madison Square Garden, the Nets just didn't have enough fuel and as a consequence they saw their three-game win streak snapped in a 110-81 loss.
The buzz around Brooklyn has multiplied dramatically in the last few months—and after a Tuesday night win over Houston, Deron Williams and the Nets will officially be taking that excitement to the postseason.
As his team inches closer to the postseason for a second straight year, Deron Williams has shown a keen ability to make a difference in all facets of the game late in the season.
So although No. 8 didn't light up the stat sheet on Sunday night, he made difference-making plays that were a large part in the team's 114-99 victory over the Minnesota Timberwolves. The win was Brooklyn's 13th straight at Barclays Center, tying the franchise best mark for consecutive wins at home.
In the midst of Friday night's 108-97 Brooklyn Nets victory over the Cleveland Cavaliers, Deron Williams made a play that caught the eye of Nets coach Jason Kidd.
After taking his man off the dribble, D-Will penetrated the lane and had a chance at a relatively uncontested layup. But instead of taking the ball all the way to the hoop, No. 8 kicked it back out to teammate Paul Pierce, who buried a three-pointer.
During a break in the action, Coach Kidd questioned Deron about the play, and got a flattering answer from his point guard.
The Time Warner Cable Arena has often been a friendly place for Deron Williams, and early on Wednesday night it looked as though that trend would continue.
But a few cruel twists late in the game left D-Will and his Nets teammates feeling sour after their second straight loss.
Deron Williams continued the aggressive play that has marked his game of late on Monday night in New Orleans, helping Brooklyn build a double-digit lead.
But on the second-half of a road back-to-back, their third game in three cities in four nights, the Nets appeared to run out of gas, lost the lead and eventually fell 109-104 to the Pelicans in overtime.