Warm Welcome No Consolation for Nets' Williams

Warm Welcome No Consolation for Nets' Williams

He was the last to know. Deron Williams was flat on his back under the basket, pumping his injured left fist to celebrate what he thought was a game-winning tip-in at the buzzer.

Then he looked up at his new teammates and realized — uh oh — none of them were celebrating with him.

“Was it good?” he kept asking. “Was it good?”

It was not. The referees ruled the put-back on his floater had left the fingertips of Kris Humphries a fraction of a second late, then confirmed the call with the replay. Williams looked down at the court when the final ruling was announced, biting his tongue as he walked off the floor a loser.

Again.

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