Brooklyn Nets Welcome Joe Johnson Back from Heel Injury

By Cody Williams
Joe Johnson Brooklyn Nets
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Joe Johnson has missed the last three games for the Brooklyn Nets due to some pain in his left heel. Over their past three games, Brooklyn has obviously missed Johnson’s presence. They’ve gone 1-2 and have struggled to put up the offensive numbers that they have for the better part of the 2012-2013 NBA season.

Over this season, the Nets haven’t exactly had a potent offense. They’ve averaged just 95.2 points per game on 44.1 percent shooting from the field, both of which rank in the lower-half of the league. However, a large part of their offense has come from Johnson.

Johnson is third on the Nets in points per game at 17 and second on the team in assists at 3.6 per game. Johnson is also shooting 42.3 percent from the field. That’s not great in itself, but that actually is the second-highest percentage among backcourt players for Brooklyn.

The lack of Johnson’s offensive contributions in their last three games is obvious when you look at their stats from that span. The Nets have averaged just 89.7 points per game over their last three games, including scoring just 72 points against the Memphis Grizzlies. Moreover, Brooklyn has shot the ball at just 43.4 percent, which is slightly down from their season-average. That’s no coincidence considering how inefficient Brooklyn’s backcourt has shot the basketball this season.

Against the Dallas Mavericks on Friday night, Johnson is set to return. As Brooklyn is entering the home-stretch of their season, they will undoubtedly be glad to to get their offense back on track to help get wins which are so valuable at this point in the season.

Cody Williams is a Senior NBA Writer with Rant Sports. Follow Cody on Twitter @TheSizzle20 and like his Facebook page.

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