Joe Johnson Wants More Ball Touches
Asked if he was happy with the number of touches he got in Game 4, Joe Johnson uttered just one word: “No,’’ he said. That was all.
Johnson took only eight shots in the 101-79 Game 4 debacle against the Celtics and made just four. That number of attempts was down significantly from the first three games, in which Johnson took 15 shots in Game 1, 17 in Game 2, and 28 in Game 3, the last total without power forward Josh Smith.
“I don’t think they’re doing nothing different defensively on me,’’ Johnson said. “I think it’s basically just getting the opportunity to touch the ball. That’s it.’’
Even with the defensive pressure, Johnson believes he needs to do more, take more shots, be the leader the Hawks require to take another game and extend the series. Atlanta is trailing, 3-1, and must win at Philips Arena Tuesday night.