Joe Johnson Makes His Heat Debut

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Joe Johnson made his debut with the Miami Heat at Madison Square Garden scoring 12 points in a win. The former Nets guard made the move to starting small forward with the Heat, and blended nicely with his new cast.

“This is kind of new, but I’m up for it, man,” Johnson said. “It’s a challenge. I’m looking forward to it, and every game from here on out is going to be a playoff-type game for us. We’ve got to have that mentality.”

New teammate Dwyane Wade is glad to be playing with the seven-time all-star.

“You get a guy a caliber of, a player like him, you normally get that in the offseason,” Wade said. “So to be able to get it right now, as you’re going into a playoff run, is very important for this team, especially with everything that we’ve been dealing with.”