Nets Coach Concerned With Joe Johnson

  • Mark Evans
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Joe Johnson’s health is a concern for the Nets.

The Brooklyn Nets made a splash this past offseason when they acquired Joe Johnson from the Atlanta Hawks, a player who is widely considered to be laughably overpaid. Johnson is a good player, but his contract is a huge financial burden to ownership.

Johnson has been in a serious slump since the All-Star break, perhaps due to injury problems. Brooklyn head coach P.J. Carlesimo says that he is worried about his star shooting guard’s status. Via Newday:

Since the All-Star break, Johnson hasn’t been the same explosive player. He’s averaging 13.8 points, down from the 17.0 he posted before the break, and his three-point percentage has taken a serious dip, dropping by nearly 8 percent.

“Yeah, I’m concerned, because he’s come back and he’s not healthy yet,” Carlesimo said. “I just think it’s very similar to what we were talking about with Deron. You saw the difference when Deron came back and felt good and was close to — 100 percent is the wrong word, but when he’s the best he’s felt all year, it made a big difference.

“Every time I ask Joe how it feels, he says he’s OK. Again, he wants to play. But I think that if you look at the numbers and you look at what Joe’s done since the injury, it’s not the same Joe. So yeah, we need to get Joe Johnson back healthy. If he’s healthy, then he’ll play the way Joe Johnson plays.”

The Nets will need to figure out a way to get Johnson back on his game, as they will need him at full strength if they plan on making any noise in the playoffs.

In 65 games this season, Joe Johnson is averaging over 16 points, 3 rebounds, and 3 assists on 42% shooting from the field.

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