Say what you want about his contract, or about the Nets, but Joe Johnson is clutch.
The guy seems to be able to focus in late game scenarios, and he has delivered a number of game-winning shots. On Thursday night against the Thunder, Johnson came up big again, and hit the biggest shot of 2014 (so far).
With the game tied at 93, and just 5.8 seconds left in the game, Johnson took the ball from Kevin Garnett (who would go on to set 20 illegal screens), and he hit a mid-range bucket at the buzzer to win the game. He had just 9 points on 4 of 11 shooting, but none of that mattered after that play.
Serge Ibaka played pretty good defense in that spot, but sometimes there’s just nothing you can do. The Nets are now 1-0 in 2014, and this shot could propel them to make a run to the playoffs. I’d go ahead and bet against that if I were you.