EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. -- Joe Johnson is in one of those shooting funks.
In his last five games, Johnson is connecting at a 30-percent clip from the field (15-for-50) and a 17.4-percent clip from 3-point range (4-for-23). He hasn’t attempted a free throw in his last four games.
Johnson’s last double-digit scoring game? Christmas Day. He had 12 points.
Johnson says he’s getting good looks. They just aren’t going in.
“Yeah, shots I normally make, I haven’t made in the past few games. I’ll get back to that tomorrow night,” Johnson said.
Brooklyn Nets coach Jason Kidd agrees.
“He’s getting the same looks. Sometimes they go in, sometimes they don’t,” Kidd said. “For a scorer, you just have to keep working and getting extra shots in as he has, and work through it. Every player goes through it during an 82-game season. Shots might not fall for you, you just have to keep plugging through it.”
Of course, this stretch would look a lot worse had Johnson not hit that ridiculous buzzer-beater in Oklahoma City Thursday night.
“For our team, yeah. It’s a win, a tough win on the road against a team who they have lost one game in their building this year, so it can be a confidence builder, and it can be a good thing for us moving forward,” Johnson said. “We came home and handled business last night and won against Cleveland, so we got a tough game coming Monday against Atlanta, a team that’s been playing very well.”
Johnson’s shot hasn’t been falling, but he’s been trying to make things happen in other facets of his game.
“Well, even if I’m not shooting well I’m still going to get doubled if I post, so I’m still able to make plays defensively, I’m still able to go out and guard the toughest player on the offensive team, so I’m not limited to just making shots,” he said.
“I don’t know if there’s a remedy for us in this New Year, but I haven’t been playing well,” Johnson said. “But other guys have been carrying the load, making plays, and we’ve been winning.”