- Mike Mazzeo, ESPN Staff Writer
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Brooklyn Nets shooting guard Joe Johnson is active for Tuesday night’s game against the New Orleans Hornets, but told reporters it’s doubtful that he’ll play, according to the New York Post. Johnson has missed the last two games due to a sore left heel. C.J. Watson will start in his place for a third straight game.
Johnson hoisted shots before the game, but told reporters in New Orleans he preferred to be cautious rather than returning too soon. He began experiencing the soreness on Feb. 11 in Indiana and Feb. 13 against Denver prior to the All-Star break. It continued to following the break. Before sitting out due to the injury, Johnson went 3-for-14 from the field in Milwaukee on Feb. 20.
Johnson, 31, is averaging 17 points on 42.3 percent shooting in 38 minutes per game.
The Nets have missed Johnson particularly in the fourth quarter of their past two games, both losses. According to ESPN Stats & Information, Johnson, who has hit three game-winning shots this season, leads the team with 64 crunch-time points -- defined by points scored in the last five minutes when the scoring margin is within five.
Reserve Jerry Stackhouse is not with the team for personal reasons. Stackhouse has not appeared in a game since Jan. 26.
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