Brooklyn Nets shooting guard Joe Johnson says he'll "definitely" play Sunday night against the Atlanta Hawks. Johnson had missed Tuesday night's game against the New Orleans Hornets because of a sore left heel. "I'm actually doing pretty good. I am resting, it feels a lot better. I actually had no pain today. So we're still just taking it easy," Johnson said after Thursday's practice. The Nets elected to have Johnson sit Tuesday so he'd have five days off instead of four. "It gives you time to heal up your wounds and time to relax mentally and physically, so I think it's a great time for us," Johnson said. "Considering the fact we probably go out West for a couple weeks, this could really help us out." Johnson had already missed three games because of a sore left heel earlier this season. In his past six games since returning from the injury, however, he averaged just 13 points on 47.1 percent shooting in 33.6 minutes. In 61 games, the 31-year-old veteran is averaging 16.6 points on 42.7 percent shooting. In other news, Nets interim coach P.J. Carlesimo said power forward Kris Humphries will return to the rotation "sooner rather than later." Humphries has not played the past five games after being pulled from the rotation in favor of Mirza Teletovic. "I'm not going to say I'm happy and all that," Humphries said of sitting. "But it's Coach's job to make decisions and be held accountable for those decisions, and it's my job to be ready to play." Humphries, 28, signed a two-year, $24 million contract to remain with the Nets in the offseason after averaging a double-double in consecutive seasons. But he has struggled ever since.
Joe Johnson plans to return Sunday
ESPN | Mar 15