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CHICAGO (AP) - Brooklyn guard Joe Johnson's foot is feeling better, and that's about all he was willing to say about his status for Game 3 of the Nets' playoff series against the Chicago Bulls.

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Johnson hurt his left foot in the first quarter of the Bulls' 90-82 win Monday. He remains a game-time decision with the series shifting to the United Center on Thursday night.

``I feel a little better than I did yesterday,'' Johnson said while sitting on the scorers' table before the Nets' shootaround.

Johnson was acquired in a trade with Atlanta last summer and averaged 16.3 points in his first season with the Nets. He had 17 points on 6-of-18 shooting in 39 minutes in Game 2.

Johnson's absence would leave Brooklyn without one of its most reliable scorers against the defensive-minded Bulls.

``We need Joe out there, you know,'' point guard Deron Williams said. ``I mean, he's a big part of this team. Added scorer out there that we need on the floor, commands double teams when he's out there, so we need him, we need him healthy.

``That being said, we don't know how he's feeling.''

Johnson missed several games during the regular season with a heel injury. He remained on the sideline at the start of the Nets' shootaround, and was unsure how much he would participate in the morning session.

``Honestly, I don't even know. I don't even know what the plan is,'' he said. ``So I'm just going to go on the floor.''

Interim coach P.J. Carlesimo declined to provide any details. Asked about the plan for Johnson for the day, Carlesimo responded: ``We'll see if he can play. If he can play, he'll play.''

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