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Jason Kidd says Joe Johnson gets the Nets final shot

Sep 24, 2013, 5:21 PM EDT

Joe Johnson, Luc Richard Mbah a Moute AP

Deron Williams. Paul Pierce. Kevin Garnett. Jason Terry.

Every last one of them can create their own shot and have hit clutch shots before. Plenty of them.

So when a Brooklyn Nets game comes down to :06 left and they need a bucket, Jason Kidd is going to design a play for…

Joe Johnson. That’s what he told Stefan Bondy at the New York Daily News.

“If you’re into analytics, you look at Joe Johnson as the clear-cut guy taking the last-second shot,” Kidd said. “He was 9-for-10 with 24 seconds or less. So that would be your guy who is the closer.”

I am into analytics, and Johnson has some very impressive clutch numbers. With his team behind by three points or less, or tied, in the last 30 seconds of a game he was 8-of-9 last season; in the last 10 seconds of those games it was 3-of-4. In the final minute of a game where the game was within five points (ahead or behind) he was 10-of-14.

Kidd’s making the smart call here, because Johnson also can dish to one of the guys mentioned above if the defense overloads.

However, if you are not into analytics and just want some video evidence of Johnson in the clutch from last season, here you go.

Kidd added it’s not all Johnson at the end of games.

“But the game of basketball is such that you draw up a play for one player, most of the time it doesn’t end up with that one guy taking the shot. He creates a problem, which results to one of teammates getting a wide-open look. Make-or-miss, it’s the right basketball play,” Kidd said. “For us, it’s about making the right basketball play at the end. But if you’re looking at stats, which a lot of you people do, Joe Johnson’s name comes first. … He’s a guy who delivers. He loves that stage at the end of having the ball and making the right play.”

  1. kingwithringz - Sep 24, 2013 at 5:31 PM

    I agree 110% (Derrick Rose voice). This dude is unconscious at the end of games.

  2. illegalblues - Sep 24, 2013 at 7:19 PM

    eh this mindset sucks. had no idea he played that well in the clutch last year, though. pretty impressive regardless of sample size.

  3. dls612 - Sep 24, 2013 at 7:22 PM

    That would be the only thing that concerns me as a heat fan playing a close game that may come down to the final shot they are loaded with clutch shooters! But the heat ain’t no push over either when it comes down to knocking down clutch shots! Won’t be long!

  4. antistratfordian - Sep 24, 2013 at 8:04 PM

    And he also happens to be the highest paid player on the team. Might as well try and get your money’s worth.

    As far as the numbers are concerned – they fluctuate year-to-year so I wouldn’t expect him to shoot 90% in those situations again this year, but at least they have a hierarchy to work out of and sometimes that’s half the battle on a team like this.

  5. j0esixpack - Sep 24, 2013 at 11:37 PM

    It’s a nice problem to have that many clutch guys on the floor at the same time.

    This is going to be interesting to watch.

  6. legend30 - Sep 24, 2013 at 11:38 PM

    Nets are old…

  7. onlyavoice - Sep 27, 2013 at 8:56 AM

    Watching KG Scream & School D.Will Is Going To Be Great.
    (D.Will Words From Last Season; “I Don’t Know If It’s Me Or Someone Else Who’s Playing”),
    KG Will Let Him Know LOL.
    This Teams Success Or Failure All Rides On D.Will
    I’m Expecting An ECF’s Showdown With The Heat, That Is If D.Will Buys In.

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