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Joe Johnson says he won't need surgery

Joe Johnson tries to back down the Chicago

Joe Johnson tries to back down the Chicago Bulls' Luol Deng in the fourth quarter of Game 5 of the Eastern Conference quarterfinals. (April 29, 2013) Credit: Newsday/J. Conrad Williams, Jr.

Joe Johnson was a little stiff and sore Monday morning, which has been the case for weeks as he deals with a nagging left foot injury.

Despite hitting clutch buckets in Saturday's triple-overtime loss to the Bulls, Johnson hasn't completely been himself as he battles through plantar fasciitis, and he knows there's little chance that'll happen before the Nets' postseason wraps up. But at least surgery won't be a necessity this offseason, he said.

Although it's not usually prescribed with this type of injury, in the worst cases, surgery is offered to cut a part of the plantar fascia with hopes of loosening it up to relieve the pain.

"Nah, no surgery," said Johnson, who had a cortisone shot before Saturday's game. "I've talked to the doc. The damage is done. I can't do much more than I've already done. It's just going to take time to kind of let it rest and heal. I probably won't be able to work out for a little while. I'll just have to rest up."


P.J. feels bad for Seattle

With the NBA relocation committee unanimously recommending that the league's board of governors deny the Kings' application to move to Seattle, setting up a May 13 vote on the matter, it's looking as if the Emerald City won't be getting a franchise anytime soon.

P.J. Carlesimo coached the SuperSonics in their final season in Seattle before the franchise moved to Oklahoma City, so he knows all about the emotions that are flowing through the Pacific Northwest.

"There's going to be a lot of disappointed people in Seattle," the Nets' interim coach said. "There's no question who deserves the credit because they could have rolled over a long time ago. Kevin [Johnson, the Sacramento mayor] just really made this happen, which is great. He was my partner for a year at NBC a hundred years ago. But it's great for him . . . Seattle obviously supported us and the Sonics for a lot of years. That's a decision I wouldn't have wanted to make.''



C.J. Watson's technical foul for tussling with Nate Robinson in Game 4 Saturday was rescinded by the league.

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