joe johnson

Asked if he was happy with the number of touches he got in Game 4, Joe Johnson uttered just one word: “No,’’ he said. That was all.

Johnson took only eight shots in the 101-79 Game 4 debacle against the Celtics and made just four. That number of attempts was down significantly from the first three games, in which Johnson took 15 shots in Game 1, 17 in Game 2, and 28 in Game 3, the last total without power forward Josh Smith.

“I don’t think they’re doing nothing different defensively on me,’’ Johnson said. “I think it’s basically just getting the opportunity to touch the ball. That’s it.’’

The Celtics have been bearing down on Johnson, swarming him particularly at the end of regulation in Game 3, forcing him to pass - one resulted in a Willie Green miss that would have given the Hawks a late lead.

– Reported by Amalie Benjamin of the Boston Globe