Joe Johnson
SG/SF UTA
3 months ago

Johnson was moved back to the bench for Game 3, Chris Haynes of ESPN reports.

EDGE Analysis

Johnson started in Games 1 and 2 as the Jazz attempted to use a smaller lineup against the Warriors. He scored just 19 combined points in the two games while battling a sprained finger. Johnson will still see a good number of minutes on the court as Utah attempts to come back from a 2-0 series deficit.

Joe Johnson
SG/SF UTA
3 months ago

Johnson (finger) supplied eight points (3-8 FG, 2-4 3Pt) and three assists over 30 minutes during Thursday's 115-104 loss to the Warriors in Game 2 of the Western Conference semifinals.

EDGE Analysis

The veteran swingman battled a pinky finger sprain throughout the majority of the game, and it appeared to affect his shot to an extent. After taking 13 and 10 shot attempts, respectively, in Game 7 of the first round and Game 1 of the current series, Johnson was more of a complementary presence Thursday, with Gordon Hayward, Rudy Gobert and spot starter Shelvin Mack all outpacing him in that category. He did drain multiple threes for the second straight contest, and, provided his finger is healthy enough, should start again in Game 3 in Utah on Saturday.

Joe Johnson
SG/SF UTA
3 months ago

Johnson sprained the pinky finger on his left hand during the first half of Thursday's game against the Warriors, but will continue to play in the second half, Andy Larsen of KSL.com reports.

EDGE Analysis

Johnson did some damage to his pinky finger early in Thursday's Game 2, but it won't be enough to keep the veteran from returning to the court for the second half. It doesn't appear that the sprain will serve as much of a setback and Johnson should be good to go moving forward.

Joe Johnson
SG/SF UTA
3 months ago

Johnson recorded 11 points (4-10 FG, 3-6 3Pt), five rebounds and two assists across 22 minutes during a 106-94 loss to the Warriors on Tuesday.

EDGE Analysis

Johnson was inserted into the starting lineup, but the results weren't great for him or the team in the loss. He received fewer minutes in Game 1 than he had received in any game in the first round series, but that was likely a result of the team getting beaten handily. After a hot start to the series in the win over the Clippers, Johnson has now scored a combined total of 30 points over the last three games.

Joe Johnson
SG/SF UTA
3 months ago

Johnson will get the start at power forward for Tuesday's Game 1 against the Warriors.

EDGE Analysis

The Jazz will opt to go small against the Warriors by replacing Boris Diaw at the four with Johnson. The veteran turned back the clock in Round 1 against the Clippers, posting 15.7 points, 4.1 rebounds, 3.0 assists, 0.9 steals, and 1.3 triples across 31.9 minutes per game. He figures to see another relatively healthy workload in Game 1.

Joe Johnson
SG/SF UTA
3 months ago

Johnson scored 28 points (12-17 FG, 2-3 3Pt, 2-2 FT) to go along with five rebounds, five assists and one steal across 35 minutes of action during Sunday's 105-98 win over the Clippers.

EDGE Analysis

Johnson enjoyed one of his most dynamic postseason performances in years, leading all scorers in this one while pacing his team in field goal attempts and scoring 12 of his points in the final 7:37 of the fourth quarter to help put the game away. His veteran track record has vaulted him to the top of Utah's go-to options for scoring and he will head into Game 5 averaging 19.3 points per game on 56 percent shooting.

Joe Johnson
SG/SF UTA
3 months ago

Johnson supplied 15 points (6-13 FG, 1-6 3Pt, 2-2 FT), two rebounds and one assist across 34 minutes in Friday's 111-106 loss to the Clippers in Game 3 of the series.

EDGE Analysis

Johnson was the only bench player on either side to hit double figures in scoring, and should continue to regularly see around 30 minutes for the duration of the Jazz's postseason run. While the 35-year-old is in the decline phase of his career, his penchant for clutch scoring and ability to serve as a secondary playmaker alongside starting point guard George Hill makes him a valuable bench piece.

Joe Johnson
SG/SF UTA
3 months ago

Johnson posted 21 points (9-14 FG, 3-4 3Pt), three rebounds, three assists, three steals and one block over 31 minutes in Saturday's 97-95 victory over the Clippers in Game 1 of the Western Conference first-round playoffs.

EDGE Analysis

The veteran came up huge when it mattered most, draining a shot at the buzzer over Jamal Crawford and DeAndre Jordan to secure the series-opening victory for the Jazz. His scoring total also served as a team high for the Jazz, which lost Rudy Gobert to a knee injury on the first play of the game. If Gobert is forced to miss Game 2 on Tuesday night, Johnson could be counted on for additional scoring contributions off the bench once again.

Joe Johnson
SG/SF UTA
3 months ago

Johnson totaled 19 points (7-14 FG, 5-7 3Pt, 0-1 FT), five rebounds, five assists and one steal over 28 minutes in Monday's 105-99 win over the Warriors.

EDGE Analysis

The 35-year-old continues to sport the hot hand from the field and he's now posted double-digit scoring in five straight games. Johnson has hit at least 50 percent of his shots in three of those contests and has been particularly lethal from behind the arc, draining 63.3 percent of his 30 three-point attempts in five April games. His experience and scoring contributions off the bench figure to play a pivotal role in the Jazz's postseason fortunes.

Joe Johnson
SG/SF UTA
4 months ago

Johnson poured in 13 points (5-12 FG, 3-6 3Pt) and added one rebound and one block over 24 minutes in Saturday's 101-86 loss to the Trail Blazers.

EDGE Analysis

Johnson's scoring total led the second unit and represented yet another solid offensive performance on the part of the 16-year veteran. The 35-year-old has hit double digits in the scoring column in all four April contests, averaging 15.3 points over that span. Johnson has also had the hot hand from long range, with Saturday's 3-for-6 effort from behind the arc bringing his three-point success rate to 60.8 percent (14-for-23) over the aforementioned four-game stretch.