Nets' Joe Johnson still All-Star to his former coach, Mike Woodson
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To the Knicks coach, he's the same old Joe. Woodson coached Johnson for five seasons with the Hawks in Atlanta, so he's extremely aware of the dangers the Nets' shooting guard can pose to the opposition.
Johnson had been playing relatively well for the Nets heading into Wednesday night's game, averaging 20.8 points and shooting 49.4 percent from the floor in his past five games.
"He's still an All-Star," Woodson said. "He's a player who makes big shots. He can get them in bunches. He hit the big winning shot the other night against Detroit. He is capable of doing that.
"You are not going to stop him from scoring. He's too good of a scorer and you can't let him go off for big numbers. I know that."
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Avery Johnson thinks Deron Williams might be able to get himself going on the offensive end by playing some hard-nosed defense, collecting a steal or two and then getting out in the open court where he can get some easy baskets.
Statistically, though, the Nets came into the night yielding seven more points per 100 possessions when Williams is on the court. But Johnson doesn't put much stock in those numbers. "I just think we can't talk about when one guy is on the floor, the team is allowing more points," the coach said. "It's a team effort."
Jerry Stackhouse (sore right knee) and Josh Childress (sore left foot) each missed their second straight game. Johnson said Stackhouse's status for Sunday's game hinges on how he performs in practice.