Will Deron Williams’ Shoulder Injury Impact His Play In The Semifinals?

May 1st, 2010 by Hadarii Jones Leave a reply »
For some strange reason, Utah Jazz coach Jerry Sloan elected to leave star point guard Deron Williams on the floor in the closing seconds of the Jazz's close-out win over the Denver Nuggets, and he may have paid a price for it.

Williams ran into a hard screen set by Denver's Chris Andersen and appeared to injure his left shoulder in the process, a development which could have grave consequences for the Jazz in the second-round.

The extent of Williams' injury has yet to be determined— and hopefully it's nothing major. But if it is, the Jazz can flush any hopes of defeating the defending champion Los Angeles Lakers down the toilet.

Williams is the one player the Lakers don't have an answer for, and it was his play which lifted his injury-depleted Jazz club past the discombobulated Nuggets.

Williams became the first player in NBA history to score at least 20 points and dish out 10 assists in the first five games of a playoff series, and even though he had some help, Williams is the player that makes the team go.

That's why Sloan's decision was so perplexing because the game was well in hand, and considering the imp ...

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