Johnson Out, Nets Adjust to Injuries
BROOKLYN—Before Friday's 106-96 loss to the Rockets at Barclays Center, Brooklyn Nets General Manager Billy King revealed that guard Joe Johnson would miss the evening contest with plantar fasciits and a sore left heel. That caused coach P.J. Carlesimo to shift backup point guard C.J. Watson into the starting lineup alongside Deron Williams, giving the Nets a smaller look against Houston's explosive backcourt of Jeremy Lin and James Harden.
"It gives us more quickness," said forward Gerald Wallace. "It's pretty much the same thing without the postups and the ISOs that we run with Joe. As far as C.J. being able to run the pick-and-roll, it moves him to the point and it moves Deron to the 2 so Deron's free to run more off screens."
King said that Johnson's heel began to bother him during the second of this week's two games against Milwaukee and that "most likely" he'll be able to play Sunday against the Grizzlies. It's the type of injury that's best served by rest, much like the ankle inflammation Williams has been dealing with all season.
Williams told media this morning that he felt "good" after receiving a cortisone shot in each ankle, following platlet-rich plasma therapy just before All-Star Weekend. He said they were the third cortisone shots in each ankle this season, with prior injections before the season and in late December:
Forward Mirza Teletovic scored nine of his 12 points in the fourth quarter, shooting 4-of-6 from the field, also pulling down four rebounds. His lone three-pointer capped a 14-3 run that pulled the Nets within three points three minutes from the final buzzer. A pullup jumper a minute later again pulled the Nets within three, but they could gain no further ground.
After the game, Teletovic discussed the scoring burst:
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