Josh Newman, SNYNets.com
Winners of four straight and six of seven, if the Nets are going to continue their recent surge under interim head coach P.J. Carlesimo on Friday night against the Phoenix Suns, they may have to do so without one of their top offensive weapons.
At shootaround on Friday morning, Joe Johnson was labeled as a game-time decision for Friday evening with what the team is calling an illness. The 12th year shooting guard was not present at PNY Center.
Johnson joins reserve power forward Mirza Teletovic as a game-time decision thanks to an illness. Teletovic was absent at practice on Thursday for the same reason.
Johnson, one of only two Nets to play in all 35 games this season, is averaging 17 points and 3.5 assists in a team-high 38 minutes per game. Over his last five games, he is averaging 18.6 points, including a 33-point outburst on Jan. 2 at the Oklahoma City Thunder.
Seldom used under ex-head coach Avery Johnson, Teletovic has seen his minutes and his role increase under Carlesimo. In his last three games, the 6-foot-9, 27-year-old Bosnian native is 10-for-19 from the field, 6-for-11 from 3-point range and has played a total of 43 minutes. Over the Nets’ first 32 games, he played a total of just 95 minutes.
His breakthrough came on Saturday against the Sacramento Kings when he scored 14 points, shot 5-for-10 from the field and played 21 minutes.
Also at shootaround on Friday, Jerry Stackhouse was ruled out for Friday with a sore right hamstring. The 18th year pro was inactive with the hamstring on Jan. 2 at the Thunder and was a DNP-CD against the Kings on Saturday.
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