Saturday night’s win over the Bobcats was his second back after missing five with a sore heel and bruised quad.
He said after the game he’s feeling all right but that there are a few things that he still feels limited in doing on the court.
“It’s actually getting better slowly, but I’m just doing the necessary things to really stay on it by icing it and stim to try to make it feel better everyday,” Johnson said.
P.J. Carlesimo said he would have liked to keep Johnson to about 28 minutes in Saturday’s game, but with the Bobcats keeping the game close, the Nets needed Johnson on the floor. He scored eight points in the third quarter and played 32 minutes.
“My only concern with Joe is time and his health,” Carlesimo said. “If he can get healthy and do it in a timely manner, that’s fine. We need Joe Johnson.”
Carlesimo’s last comment was an understatement: The Nets absolutely need Joe Johnson. His late-game shooting prowess has won games for the team this season and will be vital in the playoffs.
“We want him to come back to form as soon as possible, but that’s on him,” Williams said.
It might be a wise decision to limit Johnson’s minutes over the final stretch. But then again, he may benefit from playing close to 40 minutes at least one or two times over the final six games so he can experience what he’ll be doing in the postseason.
“The guys and coaches are telling me that my presence out there makes a difference,” Johnson said. “So I’m just giving it what I’ve got.”
Jim Mancari is a Contributor to SNYNets.com. Follow him on Twitter @JMMancari.