Johnson underwent successful surgery to repair the UCL in his left thumb Monday. Johnson injured his thumb during the Heat's first-round playoff loss to the 76ers; and the setback did not appear serious, as he saw action in all five games of the series. However, Monday's procedure indicates the setback was worse than it originally appeared. Regardless, Johnson will have an entire summer to recover, and is expected to be ready for the start of training camp. Johnson's scoring average dipped a full two points last season from the year before, but he still played a key role for the Heat, and figures to do the same during the 2018-19 campaign.
Johnson jammed his thumb during Thursday's Game 3 against the 76ers and underwent a precautionary X-ray, which returned negative, Anthony Chiang of The Palm Beach Post reports. The injury is not expected to impact him for Saturday's Game 4. Johnson played well during Game 3 despite jamming his finger, scoring 10 points in 17 minutes on 4-of-4 shooting. Considering that and the fact his X-rays returned negative, he should be expected to be available for Game 4.
Johnson scored 12 points (5-10 FG, 2-4 3Pt) while adding four rebounds, four assists and three steals in 32 minutes during Monday's 115-93 loss to the Thunder. He's been in a funk from three-point range, going 3-for-16 (18.8 percent) over his previous six games, so Monday's performance was at least encouraging for Johnson. With little on the line for Miami in Wednesday's regular-season finale, the fourth-year guard could see a reduced workload, but his recent production hasn't made him a must-start for fantasy purposes anyway.
Johnson will re-join the starting five for Friday's contest against the Knicks, Ira Winderman of the South Florida Sun Sentinel reports. With the team dealing with some injuries during their most recent contest, coach Erik Spoelstra opted to switch up the starting five, which resulted in Johnson heading to the bench. But, with the team more healthy this time around, he'll re-join the starting lineup. As a result, Rodney McGruder will head back to the pine.
Johnson (ankle) will play Saturday against the Nets. Johnson sprained his ankle during Thursday's game against Chicago, but the day off apparently was enough for him to heal. Over his past seven healthy appearances, the fourth-year guard is averaging 12.0 points, 3.3 rebounds and 2.6 assists while shooting 47.8 percent from the field and 48.6 percent from distance.
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