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07:17 AM ET 09.25 | In this case, The Truth won't be playing The Closer in Brooklyn. [Jason Kidd] said Tuesday that Joe Johnson -- the offseason afterthought on this stacked roster -- will get the first call on the final possessions. "If you're into analytics, you look at Joe Johnson as the clear-cut guy taking the last-second shot," Kidd said. "He was 9-for-10 with 24 seconds or less. So that would be your guy who is the closer." Johnson, indeed, was outstandingly clutch last season. His highlight was the double overtime victory over Detroit in December, when he hit the 2-pointer to send the game into the second overtime, and then the game-winning 3-pointer at the final buzzer. He also hit the big shot to beat the Knicks at the Garden, when we dubbed him Mr. Big Shot.

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September 25, 2013  07:29 AM ET

He was 9-for-10 with 24 seconds or less you always have 24 seconds or less. Oh wait you mean 24 seconds left in the game. :)

September 25, 2013  07:45 AM ET

"this stacked roster"? HA HA HA HA HA HA

September 25, 2013  08:43 AM ET
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"this stacked roster"? HA HA HA HA HA HA

They may end up the ones laughing Doc. Like it or not, the hate pretty stacked. They have 5 players that can take the last shot. I wouldn't put it all on JJ.

September 25, 2013  08:57 AM ET

I wonder if Jason Kid has looked at Joe Johnson's shooting percentage last season?

September 25, 2013  09:05 AM ET
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I wonder if Jason Kid has looked at Joe Johnson's shooting percentage last season?

shooting percentage isn't the sole way of finding the mr. clutch...there are certain players that can thro up bricks all game long but come end of fourth quarter there money, while other players can be hot all game and be able to hit absolutely nothing in the final moments.....some got it some don't.....apparently kid believes joe has it

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September 25, 2013  09:27 AM ET
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They may end up the ones laughing Doc. Like it or not, the hate pretty stacked. They have 5 players that can take the last shot. I wouldn't put it all on JJ.

I am not worried about the Nets.

September 25, 2013  09:40 AM ET

The Past Is The Past, Bro.

September 25, 2013  09:48 AM ET
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I wonder if Jason Kid has looked at Joe Johnson's shooting percentage last season?

JJ was hobbled a lot last season. But he was Mr. Clutch no doubt. He hardy missed when it came down to game-tying or game-winning shots.
He gets a lot of snub due to his contract, but he is as solid a player you can get, good locker room guy and a no-nonsense guy. I like JJ a lot. Too bad his salary comes in-between anything he ever does.

September 25, 2013  10:13 AM ET
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I am not worried about the Nets.

I guess you aren't worried about being the second best team in NY. You should be.

September 25, 2013  10:24 AM ET

Put with no experiance can J Kidd draw up the right play?

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September 25, 2013  11:19 AM ET
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I guess you aren't worried about being the second best team in NY. You should be.

Worry about your sucky Nuggets. What a team. No wonder Melo wanted out.

September 25, 2013  11:29 AM ET
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Worry about your sucky Nuggets. What a team. No wonder Melo wanted out.

Boy, do I remember the last meeting... 117-94 Nuggets. Not second in its own town. NY looked like a better team only due to being in the East.

September 25, 2013  11:50 AM ET
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I guess you aren't worried about being the second best team in NY. You should be.

LOL

September 25, 2013  12:11 PM ET
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Boy, do I remember the last meeting... 117-94 Nuggets. Not second in its own town. NY looked like a better team only due to being in the East.

Retain that memory and have it posted on that brand new giant scoreboard the Nuggets just wasted their money on since that's the best you'll get for a long time.

September 25, 2013  12:44 PM ET

Double J...

When hot can light it up...

Wonder if him and PP can share?

September 25, 2013  01:20 PM ET
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Retain that memory and have it posted on that brand new giant scoreboard the Nuggets just wasted their money on since that's the best you'll get for a long time.

I'll always remember that game. I was there and will be at the next on Nov 29. Until then Nugs won the last.
I was a little bummed at the booing of Melo at that game. I am grateful for what he did here and I'm a fan of his.
Let's be clear though - Melo left for a lesser team. I'm not sure what the Nuggets are now, but they were way better than NY when he left.

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September 25, 2013  02:02 PM ET
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Other than you having a better pg, not sure how your team was better than NY at the time Certainly younger, but why were you better?Now...I'm not saying NY was significantly better, but Tyson > your centerAmare (not hurt at the time> your pf)I would say your back court was betterSo at worst, they were about even

Agreed it was pretty even - I think it was a good trade off for both teams as the Nuggets got quite a few young and upcoming players in Gallo, Chandler and Mozgov... But when you trade your main PG (Felton) who was the anchor for NY during that season playing with Stat as if they had ESP it screwed up the chemistry a bit....

Both teams are better off than they were several years ago except that the Nuggets are still trying to figure out who their "main" go to guy is...

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