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Brooklyn Nets guard Joe Johnson looks set to return for another meeting with his former team.
The Atlanta Hawks just avenged two recent losses and are looking to do the same to Brooklyn.
These teams are in contention for home-court advantage in the first round of the playoffs, and the Nets can take a key step towards that goal Sunday night if they hand the visiting Hawks a sixth straight road defeat.
Johnson sat out Tuesday's 108-98 home win over New Orleans with a nagging bruised left heel. He returned to practice Thursday and should start Sunday.
Coach P.J. Carlesimo gave his team Wednesday and Friday off with four days between games. The Nets (38-27) leave immediately after this contest to begin an eight-game trip Monday in Detroit.
"The four days are really big not just for Joe but for all our guys," Carlesimo said.
The Nets are in fourth place in the Eastern Conference, one game behind Atlantic Division-leading New York. The Hawks (36-29) are tied for fifth ...
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The Brooklyn Nets, coming off a four-day break, take on the Atlanta Hawks tonight at the Barclays Center trying to take advantage of a recent Knicks swoon which has left the top of the Atlantic Division ripe for the taking. The Knicks lost to the LA Clippers just now, bringing the difference between them and the Nets to just half a game.
The official preview for this game will...
Joe Johnson will get another shot at his former team this evening in Brooklyn
When: 8:00 pm; Sunday, March 17th, 2013
Where: Barclays Center; Brooklyn, NY
TV: YES Network
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