The only talk around the Nets might be the rotation and how much Mirza Teletovic is going to play moving forward, but P.J. Carlesimo has bigger things on his mind.
“My biggest concern right now is just getting Joe back to where he’s playing like Joe,” Carlesimo said before Wednesday night’s game against the Bobcats. “That’s just a question of a couple more games and getting him ready. We went through the one practice the entire time, the other just a little bit.
“We want to push him and get him back and get him ready while making sure he’s healthy and not too soon.”
After sitting out for three games with a sore left heel, Johnson returned to the lineup for Friday’s loss to Dallas in Brooklyn and Saturday’s loss in Chicago, scoring 11 points in each game while shooting a combined 10-for-22 from the field.
Carlesimo said that, moving forward, it will be on Johnson to let him and athletic trainer Tim Walsh know how he’s feeling, and if he needs to have his minutes monitored at times to make sure he’s ready for the stretch run and the playoffs. The next few days should be telling, as Johnson and the Nets begin a five-game-in-seven-night stretch with Wednesday’s game in Charlotte, including back-to-back games Friday and Saturday (home against Washington Friday, in Atlanta Saturday) and Monday and Tuesday (at Philadelphia Monday and home against New Orleans Tuesday).

Read more: Johnson getting back to normal is Nets' biggest concern