Joe Johnson isn’t changing his tune.
“I said what I said,” Johnson told the New York Daily News after the Nets’ 92-90 loss to the Utah Jazz on Tuesday night. “That’s it.”
He had told ESPNNewYork.com essentially the same thing before Round II.
The Knicks (18-6) currently lead the Nets (13-11) by five games in the Atlantic Division standings.
“We're going in front of a hostile crowd, we just got to play with a sense of urgency and a chip on our shoulder,” Johnson told the Daily News.
Kris Humphries is excited to be re-united with the Garden crowd, which has viciously booed him in the past, due to his failed 72-day celebrity marriage to Kim Kardashian.
“They love me there,” Humphries said. “They boo you, that means they love you.”
The East River rivals split their previous two meetings.