Deron Williams sprains left ankle

deron-williams-injuredUtah Jazz point guard Deron Williams left the pre-season game Saturday night against Chicago Bulls in the first quarter after spraining his left ankle.

The accident happened when Williams attempted a 3-point shot with 5:39 left on the clock and landed awkwardly on Derrick Rose’s foot. Deron was carried off the hard court by Miles and Ronnie Brewer and headed to the locker room.

Utah Jazz said X-rays were negative, but said he wouldn’t return to the game and didn’t made any statement about how severe was the injury.

“I can’t do anything about those things. I just feel bad for him,” Utah’s head coach Jerry Sloan said in an interview. “There’s not a thing we can do about it. That’s life in basketball. You can sit around and feel sorry for yourself, but that bottom line is somebody else has got to step up and play.”

The Jazz left the arena victorious over the Bulls (88-80) despite the bad news. There is still no specific time for William’s return.

Deron Williams is averaging 21.6 PPG, 3.6 RPG, and 10 APG last 2008 season. He was also a part of the U.S. Olympic “Redeem Team” who bagged the gold medal in China.

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