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.
Deron Williams had a happy homecoming in Dallas and the Brooklyn Nets started a crucial road trip with an enormous victory.
D-Will cashed in 15 points as the Nets overcame a 14-point third-quarter deficit to top the Mavericks 107-104 in overtime. The win was No. 11 in the last 13 games for Brooklyn, and the team couldn't have asked for a better start to a three-game road stretch.
Confidence, health and aggression weren't the type of words flying around the Brooklyn Nets locker room early in the season while Deron Williams and the Nets were plagued by growing pains together and physical pain individually.
After Saturday night's washout in Washington, feel free to call Deron Williams' eruption against the Suns a comeback.
Thanks to a big late bucket by Deron Williams, the Brooklyn Nets remained undefeated against the defending NBA Champion this season.
In a thrilling Monday night win at the Barclays Center, Brooklyn delivered a message to the entire Eastern Conference: It won't be easy coming in here in the playoffs.