If it was the regular season, Joe Johnson wouldn’t be playing through the plantar fasciitis in his left foot.
“Probably not,” Johnson said after Wednesday’s practice. “Probably not. When it first came about in February, we tried to rest it as much as possible, but obviously it wasn’t enough time. I’m just giving them everything I’ve got at this point.”
Johnson initially suffered a more mild form of the injury, one the Nets described as a sore left heel, back around the All-Star break in mid-February, and initially sat out for four games. But, after returning to the lineup and saying he was feeling good entering the playoffs, he suffered a setback when he landed awkwardly on the foot while making a 3-pointer in the first quarter of Game 3.
“There’s times where I do have to push off a lot … there’s times when I have to push off my foot and make plays and do what I have to do to help this team," Johnson said. "So, as much as it bothers me, I just play through it.”
Johnson has averaged 16.2 points per game through the first five games of the series, shooting 44.7 percent from the field and 83.3 percent from the foul line but just 29.6 percent (8-27) from 3-point range – including going 3-for-15 from downtown over the last three games.