Joe Johnson was sporting a dark suit rather than a white uniform Tuesday night.
Johnson's sore left heel apparently didn't feel all that great and he was inactive for the Nets' matchup with the Hornets, marking the fourth time he's sat out while nursing the injury. C.J. Watson started in Johnson's place.
Johnson has said that he experiences the most pain following games on consecutive nights, and with Tuesday night's game being the second of a back-to-back and the Nets having four days between games before they play the Hawks Sunday, the team figured it'd be prudent to give him some extended time off.
Johnson told Newsday after Tuesday's game that he will play against the Hawks.
"It has its good and bad days, man," Johnson said Monday in Philadelphia. "Some days it feels pretty good and then some days not so good. But I think I'm headed in the right direction as far as just trying to get it to feel close to 100 percent. Obviously, this is not something that I want to linger on, especially when the playoffs start. So we are just going to take our time with it and see how it goes."
Since the injury first cropped up around the All-Star break, Johnson, at times, has been limited in practice, and there's always the possibility he may sit out during more practices as the season winds down. But only if necessary. "It just depends on how I feel," Johnson said. "Obviously, I don't want to take too much time off as far as when I lose my timing. But if I have to take some practice time off, I'm sure I'll do that."
When they met the Hornets on Feb. 26, the Nets shot a season-high 60 percent from the three-point line. During their last 12 games heading into last night, the Nets had hit 41.5 percent of their attempts and were averaging 9.6 threes.