Brooklyn Nets guard-forward Joe Johnson will miss his second consecutive game tonight against the Portland Trail Blazers because of a bruised right quadriceps, the team announced this afternoon. Johnson, who already had been dealing with a sore left heel that had limited his production, was injured when he bumped into Blake Griffin in Saturday's loss to the Los Angeles Clippers, the third game of the Nets' current seven-game road trip. He sat out Sunday's game in Phoenix and had two days off, but still was ruled out for tonight's game, the sixth he has missed this season. Game time in Portland tonight is 10:30 p.m. ET. "It's frustrating for me because all these little knick-knacks are starting to happen with me down the stretch of the season," Johnson said before Sunday's game, according to Newsday, "and this is the most important part of the season at this point right now. So that's probably the most frustrating thing. "It's not about where we are playing and who we are playing. I always want to be out there with the guys. I hate sitting out and watching. That's the hardest part." The Nets are in fourth place in the Eastern Conference, meaning they would have home-court advantage in the first round of the playoffs. They enter tonight's game trailing the New York Knicks in the Atlantic Division by 2½ games. Still, Johnson had hinted on Sunday that he might take some time off in order to be healthy for the playoffs. "I think my health is more important right now at this point," he said. "Just to heal up the little wounds because obviously, man, we want to do something major in the postseason, so I don't want to go into the postseason with these things bothering me."
Joe Johnson injury update: Nets guard (bruised quad) ruled out of tonight's game in Portland
Sporting News | Mar 27