posted at 05:50
Author Name: William Scott Davis
Joe Johnson Rips Brooklyn Nets
The Brooklyn Nets have been a quiet, early season surprise. Slotted by most as a low-seed playoff team, the Nets are 4-2, fifth in the Eastern Conference, and have the second-best offense in the NBA. Though they've had a fairly weak schedule early in the season-they haven't played a team over.500 yet-they're generally beating the teams they should be beating. Johnson also noted that the Nets' schedule has been easy, saying the Nets haven't "Played anybody." "There's no way you can play like we've played, you can't go out on the road like that and play against these caliber teams - Phoenix, Golden State, Portland - those'll be double-digit losses. So first test is tomorrow against Phoenix." The timing is also weird as, again, the Nets are 4-2, and their offense is scoring 109 points per 100 possessions, while allowing 102 points per 100 possessions. Johnson never called out anyone directly, but said,"Man, first off I just play. I don't really say much. If I'm speaking on something or saying something, then obviously it has to be something. So I'm not just talking for my health." It'll be interesting to see if his tirade lights a fire underneath the Nets or angers some of his teammates who may feel the rant was unwarranted.

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