Joe Johnson who?
Most NBA fans will ask that question at least once during the season, because Johnson doesn’t stir up the same attention as Steph Curry or LeBron.
People were quick to forget that Joe Johnson signed with the Utah Jazz back in the off-season. The 6’7″ Arkansas product only averaged 9.2 points per game, but in Game 1 of the first round against the Los Angeles Clippers, you wouldn’t have even known.
The 32-year old had the ball in his hands on Saturday, hitting a floater that gave the Jazz the upper-hand against a tough Clippers squad.
Once the signing happened, it was clear why he was brought in. If the Jazz were going to compete in the post-season, they needed to give Gordon Hayward some help. We saw that help in Game 1 where Johnson had 21 points, seven of which came in the final three minutes of the game.
He’s made an NBA-best eight game-winning buzzer-beaters in the past 10 years.
Johnson isn’t as known around the league as his talent exemplifies, his humble personality makes him one of the best guards in the league. All of that, along with his years of veteran experience, is why he was brought to Utah.
During his 16 years in the league, he has shown that he can rise to the occasion when his number is called. That is why they were so ready to get the ball into his hands when the game was on the line. It worked out pretty well. The Jazz can make some noise in these playoffs. Don’t be surprised.
Relive all eight of those buzzer-beaters: