Nets’ Joe Johnson will play in Game 6

Though he feels as if he’s playing on one leg, Brooklyn Nets guard Joe Johnson will continue to play through pain and suit up for Game 6 against the Chicago Bulls, according to Mitch Abramson of The New York Daily News.


“It’s kind of like I’m out there on one leg, honestly, man," Johnson said on Wednesday at the team's practice facility in East Rutherford. "I can't really push the basketball if I get a rebound. I can't really run pick-and-rolls, so basically I'm a decoy, a spot-up shooter. I can't really do a whole lot. Like I told Deron (Williams) and Brook (Lopez) I'll be the bailout guy if you get into a sticky situation. Just try and find me."

If the Nets were still playing in the regular season, Johnson said he would probably be resting his sore left heel. However, this is the playoffs, and he is planning on suiting up. Considering he remains in such pain, Johnson noted that he could simply play the role of decoy – as a spot-up shooter – as the Nets attempt to stave off elimination against the Bulls.

Coach P.J. Carlesimo told reporters that Johnson’s condition is basically what it is at this point. The injury isn’t going to get significantly better or worse during the playoffs, so the coach said it’s something Johnson simply has to carry on with.

The injury has caused Johnson to see limited minutes since February. The guard was able to play 39 minutes during Monday’s win, but he only scored 11 points during his time on the court.

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