For the first time since training camp, Johnson was cleared to take contact during five-on-five work with the team, an encouraging sign as he attempts to return from a herniated disc in his back. The Clippers haven't handed down a specific timetable for Johnson's return, but the involvement in Friday's session is a step in the right direction nonetheless after three months of limited activity. Once he's cleared to play in games, Johnson figures to head to the D-League in order to get his conditioning back in order.
Johnson, who has been sidelined all season while recovering from an acute herniated disc in his lower back, has increased his on-court activity of late, and even took part in a recent shootaround for the Clippers. However, Rivers' comments suggest that Johnson could be multiple weeks away from taking the court, if not longer. Until Johnson is taking part in full-contact practices, a return doesn't seem to be forthcoming. Once he's healthy, Johnson isn't likely to be a rotation option, and could end up joining fellow rookie Diamond Stone in the D-League.
Johnson (back) has increased his on-court work of late, but remains without a target date for a return, Dan Woike of the Orange County Register reports.
The rookie first-round pick has been sidelined since training camp with a herniated disc in his lower back, but has since resumed running and shooting and could add more activities to his ledger in the coming days. However, Johnson has yet to partake in contact workouts, so until that materializes, he shouldn't be considered close to making his season debut. The Clippers are a bit shorthanded in the frontcourt with Blake Griffin (knee) likely out until late January, but Johnson won't be a strong candidate to take on many minutes once he's cleared to play again.
Johnson (back) was able to take part in some pregame shooting last week, the Associated Press reports.
Johnson, the Clippers' first-round pick, has been sidelined for the entire season with a herniated disk in his back. While the on-court shooting would seemingly represent a positive sign, coach Doc Rivers indicated that he had no target date for the rookie's return. Even once he's healthy, Johnson isn't likely to be a regular rotation option for Rivers, so he's not worth stashing in single-season formats.
Johnson will likely be out four-to-six weeks after suffering a herniated disc in his lower back during Wednesday's preseason win over the Raptors, Jeff Goodman of ESPN.com reports.
Johnson was expected to fill a reserve role in the Clippers' frontcourt throughout the early portion of his rookie campaign, but the injury will delay his regular season debut in the NBA for what could be a month of time or more. Blake Griffin, DeAndre Jordan, and Marreese Speights will continue to be the top big men, while Johnson's absence shouldn't have much fantasy relevance in terms of their production.
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