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Joe Johnson says he's worthy to be All-Star reserve

Joe Johnson controls the ball during a game

Joe Johnson controls the ball during a game against the Sacramento Kings at Barclays Center. (Jan. 5, 2013) Credit: Jim McIsaac

Joe Johnson thinks he might be All-Star material for the seventh straight season.

"Yeah, definitely," the Nets' shooting guard said Friday when asked if he thinks he's worthy of being named a reserve. "If you are going to keep doubling and triple-teaming me as hard as people are doing . . . ''

Johnson, who entered Friday night averaging 17.2 points, is one of three Nets who might be worthy of a reserve spot, selected by coaches. Brook Lopez and, to a lesser extent, Deron Williams, also could be in line for nods. Lopez entered the game averaging 18.6 points and 7.4 rebounds. Williams was averaging 16.8 points and 7.7 assists.

Johnson said if he had to pick among the three, he thinks Lopez is most deserving. Williams, who finished third in the voting among guards, still doesn't think he's a worthy selection, yet.

"If you asked me today, I'd probably say I wouldn't be in there," he said. "But if we keep winning and I keep playing well, then you never know what's going to happen . . . We'll see."

Harris reflects

Devin Harris said Friday he thought he'd be one of the Nets' cornerstones in Brooklyn. That is, up until the time he was shipped off to Utah with Derrick Favors and two draft picks for Williams in 2011.

Still, he seemed impressed with the Nets' new digs and didn't deny it could prove to be a game-changer.

"I mean, ticket sales are up, right? I read about 150 percent," Harris said. "That speaks for itself right there. When a team finds a home, especially in a borough as big as Brooklyn, obviously I know they are excited to have a team, and I think the guys are finally happy to have a home and play somewhere that they are welcome."

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