While the teams around them battle for positioning behind the Heat in the muddled Eastern Conference standings, the Nets are one of the few not dealing with a debilitating injury to one of their key players.

Though the Nets have made it through the season relatively unscathed when it comes to injuries, they are currently trying to get Joe Johnson and his sore left heel back to 100 percent as they enter the final few weeks of the regular season.

“I feel pretty good,” Johnson said after the Nets moved to 2-0 on the Circus Trip with their 113-96 win over the Mavericks in Dallas. “I think, for me, my heel kind of stiffens up a little bit when I sit, but that’s part of it.

“I’m still able to go out there and be in the game.”

Johnson has been able to go out there for the Nets after sitting out four games since the All-Star break to give his sore heel some rest, but the Nets’ shooting guard hasn’t been playing at quite the level he was earlier this season.

In 11 games since the break, Johnson’s numbers are down across the board. He’s playing a little more than three fewer minutes a game — which is understandable, given the Nets’ desire to keep him fresh for the playoffs and take pressure off his heel — and is shooting less overall, scoring fewer points (13.6 per game, down from 17.0), while shooting worse from the 3-point line (35.7 percent, down from 38.4) and getting to the line fewer times a night (1.0 attempts per game, down from 2.6).

His assist numbers are up — in part from being able to handle the ball and allow Deron Williams to come off screens for jumpers. That was something the Nets did plenty of in Wednesday’s win, when Johnson had five assists and Williams exploded for 26 second-half points and finished the game with 31.

“[Williams has] been in rhythm since the break,” Johnson said. “Every time he shoots, you think it’s going in, so it gives me a chance to kind of bring the ball up and be a playmaker a little bit, and get him off the ball because he’s a great catch-and-shoot guy.