Johnson will move into the starting lineup Monday against the 76ers, Tom Moore of Calkins Media reports. Paul Pierce will get the night off to rest, so Johnson will step in as the de facto power forward in his place, joining DeAndre Jordan and Luc Richard Mbah a Moute in the frontcourt. Johnson figures to pick up a few extra minutes, with Lance Stephenson also in line to see additional run off the bench.
Johnson returned to the bench in Sunday's 120-93 win over the Bulls and finished with 11 points (4-8 FG, 3-5 3Pt, 0-1 FT), two rebounds, and one assist across 20 minutes. With Paul Pierce returning from a one-game absence due to rest, Johnson claimed his usual reserve role, but it didn't really alter his court time. He's played between 20 and 28 minutes in each of the last 10 games, and is averaging 8.6 points, 3.7 rebounds, 1.9 three-pointers, 1.5 steals, 0.9 assists, and 0.6 blocks during that stretch.
Johnson will draw the start at power forward Friday, Dan Woike of the OC Register reports. Paul Pierce was given the night off, so Johnson will benefit from his absence by getting the start Friday. Expect Pierce to return for their next game Sunday versus the Bulls, so this will likely be a one time start for Johnson. He should see a slightly increased workload versus the Lakers Friday.
Johnson recorded seven points (3-12 FG, 1-8 3Pt), six rebounds, six steals, and one block in 28 minutes during the Clippers' 85-83 win over the Hawks on Wednesday. Johnson snagged a career-high six steals, and he has seen 20 minutes or more in 15 straight contests. During the month of January, Johnson has been a steady source for threes and steals, but overall he is still only worth consideration in deep leagues.
Johnson scored 15 points (5-8 FG, 5-6 3Pt) and added one assist and one steal in 20 minutes off the bench in Tuesday's 91-89 victory over the Pacers. Johnson has displayed some chops from long range recently, knocking down 14-of-27 three-point tries over the Clippers' last five games. While that accurate touch has allowed him to reach double digits in the scoring column in three of those contests, Johnson's rebound and assist production during that same stretch has been rather lackluster, which will continue to limit his fantasy ceiling.
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