Johnson will not play Saturday due to a strained left shoulder, Anthony Chiang of the Palm Beach Post reports.
This is the first we've heard of the injury, but Johnson likely sustained it sometime during Thursday's game against Dallas. The reserve guard, who's averaging 16.0 points per game in January, should be considered day-to-day, while the likes of Rodney McGruder and Wayne Ellington will pick up extra minutes in his stead.
Johnson tallied 23 points (7-13 FG, 2-2 3Pt, 7-9 FT), two assists, a rebound and a steal in 27 minutes during a 99-95 win over Dallas on Thursday.
Johnson is in full-attack mode the minute he steps on the floor, and it's paying big dividends. After Thursday's explosion, the third-year guard is now averaging a career-high 16.0 points in January. Although he's not a playmaker by any stretch of the imagination -- Johnson is dishing a career-low 1.3 assists per game -- he's really grown into his role as an undersized 2-guard scorer off the bench.
The injury-plagued Heat were again undermanned Tuesday, but they turned in a surprising plucky effort against one of the league's top teams, due in no small part to Johnson's efforts. While coach Erik Spoelstra is content to keep Johnson in a bench role, he's arguably one of the team's top five players, as he's provided a consistent scoring spark all season for a roster short on impact offensive options. Johnson has hit double figures in the scoring column in each of his last 11 appearances, averaging 16.7 points (on 46.6% shooting), 4.4 rebounds, 3.3 assists, 1.8 three-pointers, 1.1 steals and 0.9 blocks in 31.5 minutes per game.
After sitting out Tuesday's tilt versus the Suns due to a migraine, Johnson was able to return to the lineup on Wednesday, and he did not disappoint. This was the fifth time this season that Johnson went for at least 20 points, and he has scored in double figures during 14 of the last 15 contests.
Johnson (migraine) will play in Wednesday's game against the Kings, Ira Winderman of the South Florida Sun-Sentinel reports.
Johnson missed Tuesday's tilt with the Suns because of a severe migraine, but after an additional 24 hours off for rest, it has subsided and he's good to. Look for him to jump back into the Heat's regular rotation, operating as the first point guard off the bench behind Goran Dragic. He should play a pretty big role despite coming off the bench, considering he's averaged a solid 13.7 points, 4.3 rebounds, 3.3 assists, 1.2 steals and 1.4 three-pointers over 30.9 minutes in 33 games this season.
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