Joe Johnson was held out of four games after sustaining a bruised quad and heel injury.
UPDATE: Thursday, April 4 at 6:17 p.m. ET by Kyle Vassalo
Joe Johnson and Gerald Wallace will return to the starting lineup tonight for Brooklyn #BKNvsCHI— Brooklyn Nets (@BrooklynNets) April 4, 2013
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UPDATE: Tuesday, April 2 at 12:56 p.m. ET by Alex Kay
Joe Johnson practiced fully today -- a good sign he'll play tomorrow.— Stefan Bondy (@NYDNInterNets) April 2, 2013
The Nets star has missed the past four games with a bruised quad and heel injury, but finally seems ready to return to action. Brooklyn takes on Cleveland at 7 p.m. tomorrow night at Quicken Loans Arena.
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Joe Johnson will not play tonight due to a right quad contusion. Keith Bogans will start in his place.— Brooklyn Nets (@BrooklynNets) March 24, 2013
The 31-year-old shooting guard suffered the injury in Saturday's 101-95 loss to the Los Angeles Clippers.
Johnson is averaging 16.4 points on 42 percent shooting this season. That includes going a combined 14-of-41 from the field in his last three games.
The Nets have already clinched a playoff berth this season. They are currently the No. 4 seed in the Eastern Conference with a 40-29 record. They've won six of their last nine games.
Johnson averaged 18.8 points on 45 percent shooting in his last season with the Atlanta Hawks in 2011-12. His shooting numbers have dropped, but he is still stroking it at a good clip from beyond the arc, connecting on 37 percent of his three-point attempts.
Will the Nets go deep in the playoffs this season?
While the Nets have been able to post a solid record without Johnson at his best this season, they are going to need him to step up in the playoffs if they expect to make a deep run, especially with the likes of the Miami Heat, New York Knicks and Indiana Pacers leading the way in the conference.
As Brooklyn's third-leading scorer, Johnson is still an important part of the squad. He hasn't excelled in any month this season, but the six-time All-Star does have the talent to go on a scoring surge down the stretch.
Don't expect the Nets to push Johnson too much for the remainder of the regular season with a playoff spot locked up. The last thing they want to do is lose him before the postseason.