After practice Tuesday, Joe Johnson told beat writers, "Johnson said his right heel (soreness) and quad (contusion) "both felt great," but that he remains uncertain for Wednesday. He does expect to play one game of this week's back-to-back, either vs. the Cavaliers in Cleveland or the Bulls at home.
"I know it's a back-to-back, so it's kind of pick what game you want to play, basically," Johnson said. "So we'll see."
Johnson said that he felt better than he had lately. He's missed four straight games. The Nets hope that his extended rest, like the one Deron Williams had at the All-Star Game, will help him and the team as they head towards the playoffs. Johnson looked good shooting, according to several reports.
"It's probably my first time getting up and down with the team in probably a few weeks, so just to get that opportunity felt great," Johnson said. "We're just going to take it easy and see how it feels tomorrow."
In other news out of practice, the newest Net, Kris Joseph spoke of the opportunity his 10-day deal presents and Jerry Stackhouse backed off just a bit on his plans for retirement after this season. Neither Gerald Wallace (foot) nor Reggie Evans (rest) participated in the practice, but both are expected to suit up for the Cavaliers.
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