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Joe Johnson: "I am a machine"

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Joe Johnson supposedly had a bad season last year. As he adjusted to playing in a new city --and with the best point guard and best center he'd teamed with in years-- Johnson's numbers were down.  Scoring average, shooting percentages, PER, all down from his Hawk days.  Well, except one.

As Devin Kharpertian writes Monday, no one in the NBA came close to Joe Cool as the seconds ticked down....

You already know where this is going. Only two players shot at least nine field goal attempts and finished above 50% from the field -- Los Angeles Clippers guard Chris Paul (6-10, 60%), and Brooklyn’s Joe Johnson (8-9, 88.9%).

Johnson only missed his first crunch-time attempt of the year -- a floater with 24 seconds left against the Detroit Pistons on December 14th -- and he made three more shots in crunch time in that game alone, including the game-winning buzzer-beater. Johnson took four game-winning shot attempts last season, and he made all four.

Johnson admits he's a shooting machine and when asked what takes over in those last seconds, he says simply "instinct."  But it's more than that, he tells Kharpertian.

"Like I say, me being 6'7", 6'8", one-on-one at the end of the game, I don't care who you are, man, it's gonna be hard to stop me."