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Thursday, May 2nd, 2013 at 11:15 am  |  22 responses

Injured Joe Johnson Calls Himself a ‘Decoy’


A bout of plantar fasciitis has slowed Joe Johnson down considerably in the Playoffs. The Brooklyn Nets guard considers himself just a decoy heading into tonight’s must-win Game 6 in Chicago. Per the NY Post: “If the Nets were in the middle of the regular season, as opposed to one loss away from their season being over, Joe Johnson wouldn’t be taking his customary place in the starting lineup tonight alongside Deron Williams in the Nets’ backcourt because of a lingering case of plantar fasciitis in his left foot. ‘Probably not,’ Johnson said after yesterday’s practice. ‘Probably not. When it first came about in February, we tried to rest it as much as possible, but obviously it wasn’t enough time. I’m just giving them everything I’ve got at this point.’ [...] The only way Johnson was able to play in Game 3, a 79-76 Nets loss last Thursday, was to get a cortisone shot in the foot. He finished that game with 15 points before scoring 22 — including 14 in overtime — in the Nets’ 142-134 triple-overtime loss in Game 4 on Saturday. [...] ‘I’m kind of out there on one leg, honestly,’ said Johnson, who scored 11 points in Game 5. ‘I can’t push the basketball if I get a rebound, and I can’t run pick-and-rolls. I’m basically just a decoy, a spot-up shooter. I can’t really do a whole lot. Like I told Deron and Brook [Lopez], I’ll be the bailout guy. If you get in a sticky situation, just try to find me.’”

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  • Caboose

    So why play him? With Reggie and Gerald out there, it’s already 3 on 5 offensively. A crippled Joe makes it like 2.5 on 5.

  • LP @ThisisEther

    most expensive decoy ever…

  • http://twitter.com/sooperfadeaway nbk

    because Marshon Brooks is that bad.

  • Caboose

    Bargs or Marshon on D?

  • JetSkiJohnson

    lol really? i need stats i know u have them.

  • http://twitter.com/sooperfadeaway nbk

    open air

  • Caboose

    Lol.

  • http://twitter.com/sooperfadeaway nbk

    http://www.82games.com/1213/12BKN4.HTM <– check the on-court / off-court stats.

    — think about how Marshon plays more garbage minutes then competitive minutes

    ^ check out the on-court / off-court stats again.

    . for an offensive specialist, Marshon's PER is 13.5 (average for all players, even non-specialists, is 15.0)

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    remember, that stat doesn't take into account much of the defensive end at all.

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    as a scorer, you'd think Marshon would be a hell of a shooter…

    http://www.hoopdata.com/player.aspx?name=Marshon%20Brooks

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    uh oh, only 2 areas he shoots over 40% are at the rim, and from 10-15 feet, areas he rarely ever gets the ball.

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    he's awful

  • K_HOLIDAY

    Nets are going home tonight… and I dont think it will be to play Game 7

  • JetSkiJohnson

    lol damn

  • http://twitter.com/sooperfadeaway nbk

    haha

  • spit hot fiyah

    i think the number one rule if u are a decoy is to not tell people that u are a decoy

  • http://twitter.com/sooperfadeaway nbk

    ehh, Kirk is still very very hurt. and Deron is having no issues with Nate Robinson.

  • K_HOLIDAY

    Very true, but I lack confidence in the Nets. I think they’re a better team, but arent tough enough mentally to beat the bulls in a 7 game series. Deron has been playing well though, so who knows!

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Junior-Taylor/100003121138419 Junior Taylor

    Don’t think Mikhail Prokhorov is paying Johnson damn near 20 million to be a freaking decoy.

  • JetSkiJohnson

    lol everybody says this but forgot Dwill took his team to the WCF

  • K_HOLIDAY

    D-Will is actually my guy. He’s a close friend of a close friend of mine. Really cool dude who I think is playing well right now. It’s not D Will I’m worried about! His supporting cast is what scares me

  • spit hot fiyah

    u just dropped something

  • K_HOLIDAY

    I don’t get it

  • http://twitter.com/AjpDos Allen Powell

    A name. Or a personal reference to be correct.

  • K_HOLIDAY

    Ahhhh,Got it! Lol. My bad… Didn’t mean to big time anyone or make it seem like I’m important (def not the case at all). Just wanted to be clear that I’m not hating on the nets or Deron. I’m good friends with a good friend of his so naturally I cheer for his success but I just don’t trust the team around him. That was the point I was trying to make. My bad on the personal drop lol

  • http://twitter.com/northcyde B-Ball Guru

    So much for being a decoy.

    17 pts on 7 – 13 FG

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