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Posted: Wednesday, May 25, 2005 5:41 am | Updated: 9:57 am, Fri Oct 7, 2011.

Suns guard Joe Johnson, shooting and running with his clear, plastic-like mask for the first time, pronounced his Tuesday morning workout a success, saying there's a "great chance" he'll play Saturday in Game 3 in San Antonio.

Johnson, who suffered a fractured orbital bone near his left eye 13 days earlier, looked on target. Later, he said, "My vision is fine."

While the mask felt "a little funny," Johnson said, "It didn't bother me."

Johnson fiddled with the device at times, saying the main adjustment is getting used to sweating under the mask.

He also told reporters he only missed "three shots out of 100," before letting him know he was joking.

Then he said, "I actually shot pretty well." He also said the rest has been good for him, saying his legs feel good.

The Suns will take today off, then have a full contact practice Thursday. If there are no problems, Johnson is expected to play Saturday in San Antonio.

Coach Mike D'Antoni said, "His shot looks good. His spirits are up." Johnson indicated he might have the task of guarding the Spurs' Tony Parker, saying, "I played him a lot in the regular season." The mask for which Johnson was fitted is made of Vivak, a hard, plastic-like material designed to take contact.

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