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Tuesday, September 24, 2013
Iso Joe still Brooklyn's version of Mo

By Mike Mazzeo

EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. -- No need to worry. There’s no controversy over who is getting the last shot for the Nets.

Well, going into the preseason, anyway.

Even with Paul Pierce on the team, first-year coach Jason Kidd still wants Joe Johnson to be Brooklyn’s version of Mariano Rivera.

Joe Cool hit four game-winning shots last season (Detroit, Washington, New York and Milwaukee).

“Well, if you’re into analytics, then Joe Johnson is a clear-cut of the guy taking the last second shot,” Kidd said Tuesday. “He was 9-for-10 (last season in the final minute of games when the margin is three points or fewer), so that will be your guy who is the closer.”

Of course, things don’t always go as planned.

“But the game of basketball is something that if you put five guys out there and draw up a play for one player, most of the time it’s not going to end up being that one player who takes a shot,” Kidd continued. “He creates a problem which results in one of his teammates getting a wide open look and, make or miss, it’s the right basketball play at the end. If you’re looking at stats, and a lot of you guys do, Joe Johnson’s name comes first.”