Johnson scored 17 points (6-13 FG, 3-7 3Pt, 2-2 FT) while adding three rebounds and two assists in 26 minutes off the bench during Saturday's 108-95 loss to the Clippers. It was the veteran's best scoring effort since he poured in 27 against the Pelicans back on Feb. 8. Johnson is doing his best to pick up the slack while Gordon Hayward plays through a knee injury, but the 35-year-old's production is still too inconsistent to make him anything but an occasional DFS dart from a fantasy perspective.
Johnson will play a reserve role in Wednesday's matchup against the Knicks, Jazz's radio announcer David Locke reports. The Jazz will opt to go with a bigger lineup for this matchup by inserting Boris Diaw at power forward, and sliding Gordon Hayward down to small forward. Johnson started the previous four games, as the Jazz opted to go with a smaller lineup. However, they lost their last three, which may have played a factor in the bigger lineup Wednesday. Johnson will presumably see a slightly lighter workload off the bench.
Johnson provided 12 points (5-12 FG, 0-4 3Pt, 2-2 FT), four rebounds, three assists and one steal across 29 minutes during Thursday's 91-83 loss to the Cavaliers. Johnson has seen a bump in workload over the past five contests with Derrick Favors (knee) out with a bone bruise. Coach Quin Synder has played him an average of 27.4 minutes per game across that stretch, and Johnson is responding by averaging 11.8 points and 3.2 rebounds per contest on 44.0 percent from the field and 33.3 percent from distance. While it seemed likely that Trey Lyles would be the main beneficiary of Favors' absence, it appears that Johnson is the one who will garner the most significant minutes bump.
Johnson will rejoin the starting five for Wednesday's game against the Pistons, Jazz radio play-by-play announcer David Locke reports. Johnson came off the bench Monday against the Clippers, but started the two previous games. The Jazz will once again go with a smaller lineup Wednesday, which will likely send Boris Diaw back to the bench. In 10 previous starts this season, Johnson has averaged 13.2 points, 3.1 rebounds and 2.6 assists across 29.0 minutes per game.
Johnson will return to the bench for Monday's game against the Clippers. Johnson has started the last two games in place of Derrick Favors (knee), as the Jazz have opted to go with a smaller lineup. However, coach Quin Snyder will go with a bigger matchup ahead of Monday's game, so he'll insert Boris Diaw into the starting lineup at power forward and bring Johnson off the bench. Johnson saw just 19 minutes on Saturday while drawing the start, so despite moving to the bench, he likely won't see a huge drop in minutes.
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