Joe Johnson Injury: Updates on Nets Star's Knee and Return

Alex Espinoza@AlexEspinozaIVCorrespondent IIIFebruary 3, 2014

Brooklyn Nets guard Joe Johnson, left, drives on Indiana Pacers forward Paul George in the second half of an NBA basketball game in Indianapolis, Saturday, Feb. 1, 2014. The Pacers defeated the Nets 97-96. (AP Photo/Michael Conroy)
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Joe Johnson's balky knees have become a problem for the Brooklyn Nets.

Nets coach Jason Kidd told reporters that he would be resting the veteran guard for the matchup against the Philadelphia 76ers Monday night, Feb. 3, via Andy Vasquez of The Record in New Jersey.

Entering play Monday night, Johnson had played in 44 of his team's 45 contests, posting averages of 15.6 points, 3.3 rebounds and 2.8 assists, while earning the seventh All-Star invite of his career. The 32-year-old is averaging 33.7 minutes per game this year, but it appears that he's been doing it through some pain. 

With the 2014 NBA All-Star Game coming up on Feb. 16, it will be interesting to see if he'll pull out of the exhibition to rest his knee. In the process, Johnson could give another young rising star like Detroit Pistons guard Arron Afflalo a chance to play on the big stage.

Back in 2011-12, Johnson also dealt with tendinitis in his left knee that caused him to miss some action for the Atlanta Hawks. To finish of the 2012-13 season, Johnson played through pain caused by plantar fasciitis in his left foot.   

The Nets are 20-25 on the season, second place in the Atlantic Division and seventh place in the Eastern Conference. They'll hope Johnson has a speedy recovery but also likely won't push him with half a season to go.