Joe Johnson Still Not 100 Percent, Sits Out Against the Hornets
Moke Hamilton , NBA Analyst
NEW YORK — Before the Nets took on the New Orleans Hornets at Barclays Center on Tuesday night, interim head coach P.J. Carlesimo shared his thoughts on Joe Johnson. After Carlesimo spoke, the Nets announced that Johnson would not be available for the game.
According to Carlesimo, it is not because Johnson is experiencing any sort of setback in his return from a sore heel, it is more so because of the fact that the Nets are getting ready to play their fourth game in five nights.
On Monday night in Philadelphia, Johnson put forth his best shooting performance since returning from his injury, turning in 20 points on 8-of-11 shooting from the field. He also dished out six assists.
“We’re just concerned with four in five,” Carlesimo said.
Joe Johnson is OUT tonight.—
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After tonight, the Nets will not play again until they host the Atlanta Hawks on Sunday night, so what will be five days of rest for Johnson may be beneficial to him in the long run.
“We just want to err on the side of being intelligent,” the coach said.
The Hornets are 12-20 on the road this season, so even without Johnson, the Nets should have a chance to win. That’s especially true considering the recent strong play of Deron Williams. The last time he played in Barclays Center, Williams set a franchise record with 11 3-pointers.
It will be interesting to see how he follows that performance up, especially since he will have to do it without Johnson.