Joe Johnson is starting to look like his old self.
This month, Johnson is shooting 49.7 percent overall and 51.8 percent from deep. That's up 35 percent overall and 30.2 percent from where he was between October and December behind the arc.
"I see him more engaged, more into the game versus being a guy that is just spotting up on the perimeter waiting for the ball to find him," interim coach Tony Brown said.
When you look at the inroads the Nets offense has made over the last month, Johnson's production is one of the biggest reasons. Brown's assessment is on the money. It seemed like all Joe did for the first half of the season was stand around, just waiting for the ball to find him. That's such a divestiture from what made him great all those years. He was the guy that could absolutely spot up and hit a look from the outside, but he was also willing to drive the lane and work himself down low. Now that he's shown a willingness to get to the dirty areas again, he's reaping the benefits.