Michael Shapiro of Sports Illustrated’s The Crossover looked at the five bench players making an impact in the NBA playoffs and Joe Johnson made the list.
Speaking of Johnson’s play so far against the Clippers, Shapiro wrote, “Considering Johnson has carried Utah to two wins in the first round, he’s an obvious choice to start our list.”
After talking about his game-winner in Game 1, Shapiro continued, “Johnson erupted for a game-high 28 points, making his greatest presence felt in the final frame. Twenty-two of Utah’s 28 fourth–quarter points came via an assist or made basket from the 16-year vet, as the Jazz went on to tie the series at two games apiece with a 105-98 victory. At 35, Johnson’s minutes may have waned, but his ability to get buckets in crunch time hasn’t slowed down at all.”
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