At Last Shootaround, Avery Says Nets Are Where He Thought They'd Be

NEWARK, NJ - APRIL 03: Head coach Avery Johnson of the New Jersey Nets cheers on his team against the Miami Heat at the Prudential Center on April 3, 2011 in Newark, New Jersey.The Heat defeated the Nets 108-94.NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and/or using this Photograph, user is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. (Photo by Jim McIsaac/Getty Images)

Unlike last season, Nets players will return to New Jersey Wednesday night for exit interviews with Billy King and Avery Johnson Thursday morning.  That's one improvement over last season where players were permitted to scatter after a double overtime loss to the Heat...and a 12-70 season.  But Johnson gave reporters an overall summary at the team's last shootaround.

"From a win-loss standpoint, we’re in the ballpark," Johnson said. "Based on our talent level, experience, we’re in that ballpark. I think if you look at where we were – the projections on our team for this season - it’s about in that range."

Johnson did say he thought the team exceeded expectations in their professionalism and practice habits, seemingly taking a shot at Terrence Williams when he talked about some "blurs" in that category.  As for the Bulls game, Damion James will suit up but is unlikely to play. Johnson did say James will not need additional surgery on his foot.

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