It's the playoffs so when Joe Johnson is listed as "game-time decision," you know it's likely he's more hurt than he's letting on. No one wants to miss a playoff game, particularly one as crucial as a Game 3 with the series tied, 1-1, and the contest on the other team's court. Johnson said he tweeked it late in Game 2. He sat out practice Wednesday.
"I'm a little sore, but I'll be able to give them what I got," Johnson said. "We've battled, we've been through ups and downs all year. For us to come this far, I'm gonna do whatever I can to be out there."
Johnson, who's had 33 points in two games, also admitted for the first time that the injury is not soreness, but full plantar fasciitis
"I think it was a little bit of plantar in February when it first started, but now it's deep into the plantar fasciitis," Johnson told writers. "It'll be something I just have to fight through."
Tom Thibodeau, informed of Johnson's condition, responded, "Oh, he'll play. Don't worry."
Otherwise, the Nets remain healthy for Saturday's game. Deron Williams, who vowed he will never play a game as bad as Mondays again, had a new mantra Wedneday: "I had a bad game. It happens. Relax," Williams told writers.
As for Nate Robinson's comments that he doesn't like C.J. Watson, Watson basically said he doesn't care. They don't call him the Quiet Storm for nothing.
- 2013 NBA playoffs -- Joe Johnson of Brooklyn Nets game-time decision vs. Chicago Bulls - Mike Mazzeo - ESPN New York
- D-Will: 'I had a bad game' - Mike Mazzeo - ESPN New York
- C.J.: Nate can say whatever he wants - Mike Mazzeo - ESPN New York
- Nets unsure whether Joe Johnson will be ready for Game 3 - Andy Vasquez - The Record
- Johnson misses Nets practice with plantar fasciitis, but plans to play in Game 3 - Tim Bontemps - New York Post
- Joe Johnson has plantar faciitis - Rod Boone - Newsday