Johnson contributed 19 points (9-15 FG, 1-3 3Pt), three steals, two rebounds and one assist across 39 minutes during a 115-106 win over the Nets on Wednesday.
Johnson bounced back from a quiet game Monday to score in double figures for the fifth time in the last six games. He is routinely receiving heavy minutes lately, as he has played at least 34 minutes across the last five games. With that kind of workload, Johnson looks like he could be a fairly consistent source of points and other low-end contributions.
Johnson scored 26 points (10-21 FG, 1-4 3Pt, 5-8 FT) to go along with 10 rebounds, four assists, two steals and one block across 40 minutes during Tuesday's 125-114 win over the Cavaliers.
Johnson moved into the starting lineup for this one and responded with career highs in scoring and shot attempts. He also pulled down double-digit boards for the fourth time in his three-year NBA career and chipped in with some useful defensive statistics. Johnson rounded out his night by playing superb defense on LeBron James, who was held in check by his lofty standards. Though Blake Griffin's integration into the lineup won't afford Johnson this type of usage often, he appears set to play a major role for a revamped Pistons team and could make for an interesting fantasy addition due to his multi-faceted skill set.
The Pistons recently traded both Tobias Harris and Avery Bradley to the Clippers in exchange for Blake Griffin and some other supporting assets. However, with players yet to go through their physicals, Griffin won't be able to play Tuesday. For that reason, there's a few holes in the starting lineup, which Johnson will get the chance to fill. Look for him to see extended minutes Tuesday and he'll likely battle with the likes of Reggie Bullock and Luke Kennard to try and fill the minutes left behind by Bradley on the wing once the Pistons are at full strength.
Johnson scored 14 points (6-15 FG, 1-6 3Pt, 1-2 FT) while adding four rebounds, three assists, two steals and a block in 28 minutes off the bench during Sunday's 121-104 loss to the Cavaliers.
Anthony Tolliver moved into the starting small forward spot ahead of him, but Johnson still out together a solid line from the second unit. The third-year player still hasn't found a way to be consistently productive, even though he's seeing nearly 10 more minutes a game over last season, but at just 21 years old the Pistons will continue to be patient with his development.
Johnson will head back to a bench role for Sunday's game against the Cavaliers, James Edwards of The Athletic Detroit reports.
Johnson has started the last two games, but saw his playing time fluctuate significantly between the two, logging 39 and 11 minutes during those contests. His move to the bench likely means he won't be seeing minutes in the 30's, though an absence from Avery Bradley (groin) should still mean a hefty workload for the young wing. With Johnson heading to the bench, the Pistons are set to start both Reggie Bullock and Anthony Tolliver on the wing.
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