Deron Williams still waiting for ankle to heal

Deron Williams was cutting on the court, stepping back on his jumper and elevating. For about 20 minutes Saturday night at the Barclays Center, everything seemed normal with Williams’ game, as if that left ankle wasn’t an ongoing issue.

Then the preseason home opener tipped off with Williams again on the inactive list, reduced to 48 minutes in warmup gear while the Nets put forth a sloppy, defensively challenged effort in a 99-88 defeat to the Pistons.

About five weeks after he suffered a sprain and bone bruise to his left ankle, Williams still hasn’t practiced or played a game with his new teammates. Officially, he is day-to-day but has been ruled out of the next two games — Monday at Philadelphia and Tuesday at home against the Celtics.

The stated goal has always been to have Williams ready for the season opener on Oct. 30 at Cleveland. That hasn’t changed. But Jason Kidd added Saturday that the Nets would be “comfortable” if Williams skipped the remaining five preseason games, while raising the possibility of his point guard missing the opener.

Reported by Stefan Bondy of the New York Daily News