Johnson (ankle) played the final 1:26 of Saturday's 115-107 win over the Bucks in Game 1 of the Eastern Conference semifinals series, finishing with one rebound and no other statistics. Though the Bucks kept the final margin within single digits, the Nets had the game in hand already heading into the game's final minute, allowing head coach Steve Nash to get most of his key players off the court. Johnson, who had missed the Nets' first-round series clincher over the Celtics a few days earlier with the ankle issue, was cleared from the injury report ahead of Saturday's matchup and was thus able to pick up some run in garbage time.
Johnson (ankle) has been ruled out for Tuesday's Game 5 against Boston, Kristian Winfield of the New York Daily News reports. The 25-year-old is dealing with an ankle sprain and will be inactive for the second straight contest. Johnson played four minutes in his lone appearance over the first three games of the series, so his absence is unlikely to affect Brooklyn's rotation.
Johnson (ankle) will not play in Game 4 against Boston on Sunday, Brian Lewis of the New York Post reports. Johnson only has made one appearance in the series so far when he played four minutes in the Game 2 blowout victory. Even if he's available to return for Game 5 on Tuesday, he won't be expected to take on much of a workload.
Johnson failed to leave the bench during Tuesday's 124-118 loss to Milwaukee. Johnson picked up a DNP-CD as the Nets fell to the Bucks for the second consecutive game. After a short period of relevance, Johnson can now be released back into the wild in most fantasy formats.
Johnson finished Thursday's 130-113 victory over the Pacers with 20 points (7-12 FG, 0-1 3Pt, 6-6 FT), 21 rebounds, three steals and two blocked shots over 32 minutes. Both Kyrie Irving (groin) and James Harden (hamstring) were absent from the contest, so Johnson functioned as Kevin Durant's primary sidekick. The 25-year-old not only set a career high with 21 boards, he also scored 20 points for his second double-double of the season. Johnson came into the contest having missed three straight games while in the league's COVID-19 health and safety protocols, and he had reached double-digit minutes only twice since April 10. His massive effort Thursday may lead to more playing time, though that's hard to guarantee given the wealth of talent on Brooklyn's roster.
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