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Joe Johnson on debut: "I am trying to play through my mistakes"

Joe Johnson wasn't spectacular in his Heat debut.

Still, he was solid enough, especially considering he joined the team just 26 hours earlier. 

In 30 minutes, he was 5-of-10 from the field, for 12 points, and also had three rebounds, three assists and three turnovers.

Oh yeah, and he made Miami's only three-pointer, on his first shot. 

"I have never joined a team midseason, I've never been traded midseason either," Johnson said. "So yeah, this is kind of new. But I'm up for it, man. 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." 

Johnson said he was just trying to be in the right spots, and not make mistakes.

"I made a couple, especially in the fourth," Johnson said. "But man, just playing through your mistakes. At the end of the day, it's just basketball."

Perhaps the most promising play occurred when Johnson found Wade on a cut, and Wade finished with a layup.

They've played with each other some, on U.S. and All-Star teams, but not much, and not recently.

"It's just instincts," Johnson said. "When you're running pick-and-roll and, as a ballhandler, you got to see the floor. I know he's a great cutter. I know he's always cutting. So I always got my eyes up, looking for guys." 

Johnson said he knew he would start -- the Heat promised him that before he signed. 

He played both forward spots Sunday, and that figures to continue, as Miami goes with smallball lineups.

"The way our offense is, man, it's just reads," Johnson said. "It's so easy. So I think the biggest key is just defensively, staying in tune." 




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