When Joe Johnson was sent to the Brooklyn Nets the Atlanta Hawks fans believed that the Hawks would struggle to make the playoffs. On the other hand everyone believed that Brooklyn would be a contender to make it to the Eastern Conference Finals, especially when Joe was matched with Deron Williams, Brook Lopez and Gerald Wallace. No one would have thought that these two teams were about to suffer similar fates.
As we all know, the Atlanta Hawks lost to the Indiana Pacers in six games. Many experts thought that the Brooklyn Nets would be able push past the Chicago Bulls, especially when it came down to Game Seven and the Bulls were without Derrick Rose, Kirk Hinrich, Luol Deng and Joakim Noah was playing on one foot. That turned out to not be the case as the Nets lost on their home floor to the Bulls, 99-93. Deron Williams did his part scoring 24 points with seven assists and Brook Lopez came up with 21 points, nine rebounds and two blocks but Joe Johnson, on the other hand, scored six points on 2-14 shooting from the floor and 1-9 from the three point line.
While it is true that Joe Johnson, like Joakim Noah, is suffering from plantar fascitis. Noah gutted it out and played big, running the floor and controlling the paint to the tune of 24 points, 14 boards and six blocks. Joe came up short when the team needed him the most like he did here in Atlanta. He averaged 14.9 points during the postseason and the one time he scored over 20 points the game had to go to triple over time (he scored 22). Brooklyn looked for him to dig down deep to put the Bulls away in Game Seven and he disappointed them, a feeling Hawks fans knew all to well.
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