Johnson, who was named to the Eastern Conference All-Star team as a reserve has dealt with right knee tendinitis for some time, according to Kidd, but hasn’t let it keep him out until now. “Joe’s one not to complain,” he added.
Kidd classified the game as a “night off” for Johnson, but they’ll re-evaluate his status Tuesday. The Nets have two days off before their next game, at home Thursday against the San Antonio Spurs.
Kirilenko first nursed his sore calf on Wednesday’s practice, and has not participated in games or physical drills since. The Nets are 12-5 when Kirilenko plays, and 8-20 when he sits.
Andray Blatche was listed as questionable with a bruised right hip, and is still a game-time decision. He was warming up on the court before Kidd spoke to the media, normally a good sign.