World news – Tyler Johnson will play a bigger role in depleted networks


The Nets’ impressive backcourt has been decimated, and that was before James Harden sustained a neck injury.

Tyler Johnson – in the middle of his most efficient season in years – will certainly be asked to raise his position if Nets- Trainer Steve Nash calls his number. But he knows that doesn’t mean slipping into Harden’s MVP shoes.

« Steve and I haven’t really talked about minutes per se, but it’s a game-to-game basis, » Johnson said before the Nets held a three-game road trip in Portland on Tuesday. « I think during this little stretch, while we have a few people out, we don’t really know what we’re going to do right now.

 » So I’m ready to play when my number gets called and sometimes someone is another turn to get many minutes. I can’t really get into it or focus on it. I have a job to do and I just have to go out there and do that. « 

Spencer Dinwddie (partially torn ACL), Kyrie Irving (family reasons) and Landry Shamet (ankle sprain) are out. And since Harden has a neck injury that challenged him on Tuesday, the back space becomes the Networks not only miserably understaffed, they can be downright worn out.

« Just the next-man mentality. You’re too busy thinking about what you don’t have, » said Johnson. « It’s just important to make sure we’re confident when we’re out there and we go out there and try to win. » Not only do we go out and try to compete, we also try to get Ws. « 

Harden came to Portland averaging 25.4 points, 11.3 assists, and 8.8 rebounds for the Nets. Johnson and Bruce Brown may not be able to replicate that production.

 » Much of that is going to be done by the committee Come on, « said Johnson. » We have people who can help make plays. Jeff [Green] can play that little role. And for me it’s just the right game. It doesn’t get too involved in « Oh, I have to change my game to this or that ».

« It’s » I come off a pick and roll, do the reading. « And then when I’m in the corner tracking down or having a catch-and-go or whatever, the right reading just does it. You take a lot of strain off yourself when you get the idea that I’ll make it when a piece is to be made. I’m not going to try to replace James Harden. That would be counterproductive to say the least. « 

Johnson was productive from the bank. After starting the season out of rotation, his strength, improved defense and surprising consistency have made him popular with the coaching staff.

« Tyler is a winner, » said Nash. “He competes, he fights, he plays hard, he sticks his nose in defensively. He leaves everything on the floor. We knew he could shoot; We thought he’s the kind of guy who can get hot and isn’t scared, but he’s really dealing with it this year and that was brilliant. So proud of him.

“He started the season outside of rotation. It was great to see him play. It’s just fun to watch him take part in competitions and the strength and energy he gives our team. The shooting is the cherry on top, but the rest of the footage is what we really love about Tyler: the competition, the fight, the energy. « 

Johnson said he had improved his consistency and increased his net rating (plus-7.7), offensive rating (117.8), plus-minus (2.4), effective FG percentage (0.550) and 3- Point shooting (0.408) is the best of his career.

« I’ve never really had James Harden and Kyrie Irving give me the ball and draw so much attention. It’s very easy to open shots shoot, « said Johnson with a grin. » If you do the job as a good marksman and are confident, you will be effective while you are out there. « 

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