Johnson will be replaced by Gerald Green in the starting lineup for Friday's Game 3 versus the Bulls. Johnson's benching comes after he played merely nine minutes in Tuesday's Game 2 loss to Chicago. The big man is averaging just 4.5 points and 3.0 rebounds this series, so in an attempt to shake things up, and hopefully help the rebound-desperate Celtics, coach Brad Stevens has plugged Green in his place to stretch the floor and potentially force the Bulls into smaller lineups.
Johnson produced four points (2-3 FG) and two rebounds across nine minutes during Tuesday's 111-97 loss to Bulls in Game 2 of the series. Johnson and the rest of the Celtics starting unit struggled to get much going in Game 2, and in an attempt to change tempo, coach Brad Stevens replaced Johnson with Tyler Zeller to start the second half. Expect Stevens to further tinker with Johnson's minutes in Game 3 on Friday if he fails to provide much of an impact early on.
Johnson supplied five points (2-8 FG, 0-1 3Pt, 1-3 FT), four rebounds, two steals and one block across 18 minutes in Sunday's Game 1 106-102 loss to the Bulls. In hindsight, maybe the power forward deserved more minutes as the Bulls out rebounded the Celtics 53 to 36. On the other hand, Johnson's poor shooting didn't help, either. Coach Brad Stevens might mix things up Tuesday in Game 2 to better address the rebounding problem.
Johnson (illness) will play Monday against the Nets, Scott Souza of the Providence Journal reports. This was the expectation after Johnson took part in shootaround earlier in the day, and he'll likely return to the starting lineup, resulting in Kelly Olynyk moving back to the bench.
Johnson (illness) was on the court for the Celtics' morning shootaround and appears likely to play Monday against the Nets, Scott Souza of the Providence Journal reports. The big man missed Saturday's game win over the Hornets with the illness, but it looks like that will be the extent of his absence. Assuming the Celtics sign off on Johnson's return, he should move back into the starting five at power forward, pushing Kelly Olynyk back to the bench.
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