Johnson held in check by the Thunder (Nov 22 12:00 ET )
Joe Johnson scored just eight points on 2-of-5 shooting with one rebound, three assists, one block and one trey in Friday's road win over the Thunder.
Joe Johnson played 52 minutes on a triple-overtime loss to the Bucks on Wednesday with 18 points, five rebounds, eight assists and one 3-pointer.
The Scoop:He had a couple chances to win the game late, but it looked like all the minutes may have caused his shot to fall short. Johnson's shooting numbers are starting to come down, but he's still posting mid-round value. Keep him in your lineup.
Milwaukee Bucks guard Brandon Knight is no stranger to embarrassment. He was most notably on the wrong end of DeAndre Jordan's Dunk of the Year in March 2013, but Knight also had his ankles broken by Kyrie Irving in the Rising Stars Challenge at All-Star Weekend a month earlier. Ask many fans about Knight's career and they might remember him as a punchline rather than a basketball player. Yet it's also possible that these unfortunate moments in the spotlight have turned Knight into a pretty resilient young athlete. He proved that on Wednesday night in bouncing back from an embarrassing mistake that nearly cost his team a win. With around four seconds remaining in overtime and the Bucks tied with the host Brooklyn Nets at 105-105, Knight jumped into a passing lane and picked off a pass from Joe Johnson. No one was impeding Knight's path to the hoop, which turned his breakaway into a race against time. He got to the rim and put up a simple lay-in with plenty of time to spare, but Knight's rush to the basket appeared to have put him off balance: The shocking miss forced the Bucks into another overtime to fight for their third-straight win. Up until the final 20 seconds, it looked as if Knight might have cost his team the game. Jarrett Jack hit a jumper to raise the Nets' lead to 112-109 with only 23 ticks on the clock. A few seconds later, Knight made up for his prior mistake with a game-tying three: Joe Johnson badly missed a potential game-winning buzzer-beater on the next possession, which forced a third extra period. The Bucks did not let that opportunity go to waste. Johnson missed another shot with 12 seconds left and the Nets down two points. Knight was fouled after the rebound and hit both free throws to ice the game and finish off the 122-118 win, thereby erasing the impact of his missed lay-up. Knight didn't have a particularly impressive game overall (18 points on 5-of-20 FG and 2-of-10 3FG), but his ability to bounce back from a nearly catastrophic mistake speaks highly of his character. He also helped continue the Bucks' strong run of form. In addition to winning three in a row, the team has taken five of the last six and looks like a potential playoff squad in the downtrodden East. Milwaukee is a long way from last year's league-worst record. Wednesday's win also afforded head coach Jason Kidd some bragging rights in his first game back in Brooklyn following this summer's acrimonious exit . Kidd was not welcomed warmly by fans during pregame introductions, but he ended up with the victory. He also looks to have a team headed in the right direction, at least for now. - - - - - - - Eric Freeman is a writer for Ball Don't Lie on Yahoo Sports. Have a tip? Email him at firstname.lastname@example.org or follow him on Twitter! Follow @FreemanEric
The Brooklyn Nets have been one of the biggest disappointments of the 2014-15 NBA season so far. After entering the year as unlikely but dark-horse challengers for a spot in the conference finals, the Nets entered Monday night's home game against the Miami Heat with a 4-5 record and a three-game losing streak. New head coach Lionel Hollins has not been able to turn his aging team into a strong outfit yet, and shooting guard Joe Johnson has criticized teammates in public for selfish play even before the team dipped below .500. The Nets have a long way to go. A single moment against the Heat did a pretty good job of summing up the Nets experience. Roughly halfway through the second quarter, Heat rookie point guard Shabazz Napier executed some fancy dribbling moves while working a pick-and-roll with Chris Bosh. Deron Williams and Kevin Garnett got a bit confused: The Heat didn't score on the play — Napier turned it over a few seconds later — but the damage had been done. That's two well-regarded veterans, one of whom is considered the most versatile defender of his generation, made to look like untested beginners by a player in his 11th NBA game. There are a lot of big names in Brooklyn, but they haven't come together to form an especially impressive team. Things got much worse for the Nets after this play. Up five points at halftime, the Nets eventually lost 95-83 to a Heat team playing without Dwyane Wade, Luol Deng, and Josh McRoberts. They're now 4-6 and in need of answers. - - - - - - - Eric Freeman is a writer for Ball Don't Lie on Yahoo Sports. Have a tip? Email him at email@example.com or follow him on Twitter! Follow @FreemanEric
A look around the league and the web that covers it. It's also important to note that the rotation order and starting nods aren't always listed in order of importance. That's for you, dear reader, to figure out. C : New York Times : Harvey Araton on the diverging careers of Danilo Gallinari and Carmelo Anthony. PF : NBA.com . David Aldridge’s always must-read Monday piece details the change in Golden State, and Joe Johnson’s thoughts on his NBA future. SF : BBallBreakdown . A smart look at what Steve Nash and the Los Angeles Lakers can do as they ride out his uneasy final year in LA. SG : Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel . Don’t look now, but Brandon Knight is having a hell of a year in Milwaukee. PG : Blog-a-Bull . The same goes for Chicago’s Jimmy Butler. If Chicago’s history holds up, Butler is gone this summer. 6th : Hardwood Paroxysm . The television is the advanced statistical community’s best chance at bringing this new’ish numbers to the masses. 7th : Inside the Warriors . Marreese Speights is in shape, and playing fantastic ball off the bench for that winning Golden State team. 8th : SB Nation . Bill Walton remains remarkably and endearingly goofy. 9th : SB Nation . Tom Ziller explains why Rudy Gay’s contract extension is a sound move for both sides. 10th : Sports Illustrated . Rob Mahoney with a cool feature we hope sticks: ten NBA plays you may have missed this week. - - - - - - - Kelly Dwyer is an editor for Ball Don't Lie on Yahoo Sports. Have a tip? Email him at KDonhoops@yahoo.com or follow him on Twitter! Follow @KDonhoops