Deron William’s Reaction After Missing A Wide-Open Game-Tying 15 Footer
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Down by 2 with 14 seconds left, Deron Williams gets the ball, pump fakes Bazemore who goes flying out of bounds, takes a step forward, then pulls up for a wide-open 15 foot jump shot and misses!
“It felt really good,” Williams said of the shot. “I thought it was in. I let it go and then it hit the rim and just rimmed out.”
It was Williams’ 6th miss out of 7 attempts in GM2 and his 15th miss out of 17 shots in the past 3 years when the Nets are ahead or down by 5 in the final 5 minutes of a playoff game.
Williams did have 10 boards and 8 assists on Wednesday but he’s just 6 of 18 from the field against the Hawks in this series.
“That’s the way they’re playing me,” Williams said. “They’re really hard on ball screens. I’m trying to make the right pass early on and just play. I don’t wanna take a lot of unwarranted shots against this team, take a lot of earlier shots. When you do that, you miss, and then they get long rebounds and they’re running and that’s playing into their favor also. They’re in the lane, clogging the lane, so if I go in there and turn it over, same thing.
“I definitely wanna be aggressive and knock down the open ones I get, but I’m not gonna try to force anything.”
As much as most basketball fans have written off Williams, teammate Joe Johnson believes Williams still will turn it around.
“Oh, he will,” Joe Johnson said. “We’re not worried about that. He’s just gotta keep working hard and keep grinding through it.”