Joe Johnson has cooled off
Lately, Joe Johnson's shooting stroke has mirrored the metropolitan area's temperature: frigid.
Johnson has cooled off considerably since his hot stretch earlier this month, and nothing changed in Monday night's 104-103 loss to the Raptors. He shot 3-for-10, including 1-for-4 from three-point range, committed four turnovers and scored 12 points. In the last three games, he has shot 6-for-22 and totaled 23 points.
"It's about rhythm,'' Johnson said. "Some nights, man, it finds you and some nights it don't. Probably the last three, four games, it hasn't been the luck of the draw, so to speak, for me. But as a team, we've been playing pretty well. So I've been cool with it.''
Talk about a rough turnaround. The Nets were less than 24 hours removed from their emotional win over the Celtics in Boston on Sunday night, a game that served as a homecoming for Kevin Garnett and Paul Pierce.
But Pierce scored 33 points and didn't seem as tense against the Raptors as he did against the Celtics.
"[Sunday] night was a tough game to play in,'' he said. "So many emotions. It was good just to get some normalcy back today. I felt comfortable, relaxed, and it would've been better if we got the win today, though.''
About 25 members of the NFC champion Seattle Seahawks, including quarterback Russell Wilson, attended the game. Most were in a suite, but cornerback Richard Sherman sat courtside with linebacker Bobby Wagner. If they stayed until the end, the two defenders got to see a key interception and game-winning field goal by the Raptors' Patrick Patterson.