Netsí Joe Johnson sits out against Houston with plantar fasciitis

2/22/13 in NBA   |   BrianMaddock   |   1429 respect

Brooklyn Nets guard Joe Johnson missed his first game of the season Friday night against the Houston Rockets with plantar fasciitis in the left foot.
Joe Johnson sustained the injury in the second back-to-back game with the Milwaukee Bucks on Wednesday. The 31-year-old Joe Johnson struggled with the pain in his left foot during the game, managing only eight points while playing 38 minutes in the 97-94 win Wednesday night.
"He has a sore heel, like the plantar fasciitis,” said Brooklyn Nets general manager said before Friday’s game against the Houston Rockets. “It’s sore again today, it’s gotten better, but we’re going to keep him out tonight.”
Although the Brooklyn Nets have Joe Johnson listed as “day-to-day”, Billy King indicated that Joe Johnson’s foot injury had gotten better over the past two days.
“So they've got him on medication and I expect it to be much better tomorrow, and then we'll see where he is Sunday (against the Memphis Grizzlies). “If it's still where it's tender and sore, we may keep him out because this is a marathon we are trying to finish, not a sprint."
However, Billy King didn’t expect Joe Johnson’s foot injury to be a major concern for the Brooklyn Nets in the long-run.
“It's something that if this was a playoff game, he'd probably push it,” Billy King said about the severity of Joe Johnson’s foot injury. “But with it not being (one), we are going to be a little cautious on it."
Joe Johnson started all 55 games for the Brooklyn Nets this season. The 11-year veteran Joe Johnson is averaging a 17 points (second-team highest) on 42.3% shooting to go with 3.6 assists and 3.1 rebounds, while playing a team-high 38 minutes per game this season.
Fifth-year guard C.J. Watson was set to start in Joe Johnson’s absence against the Houston Rockets.
The Houston Rockets were also missing a couple of players, comprising of the newly acquired Thomas Robinson, Francisco Garcia and Tyler Honeycutt from the Kings on Wednesday, since players shipped off to Sacramento hadn’t completed their physicals according to schedule.
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