Johnson was recalled from the G League Fort Wayne Mad Ants on Tuesday.
Johnson has been very impressive as of late in the G League, as he is coming off a 31-point, 15-rebound performance against the Westchester Knicks and has recorded 11 straight double-doubles. He'll likely be available for Tuesday's game against the Cavaliers.
Johnson scored a team-high 31 points (12-21 FG, 4-7 3Pt, 3-3 FT) to go with 15 boards, two blocks and one assist across 39 minutes Wednesday in the G League's Fort Wayne Mad Ants' 101-93 win over the Westchester Knicks.
It went down as the 11th straight double-double for Johnson, a rookie second-round pick out of Missouri State. The big man hasn't been challenged while seeing most of his action at Fort Wayne this season, but there's not much of an impetus for Indiana to carve out a rotation spot for him at the NBA level with the trio of Myles Turner, Domantas Sabonis and Thaddeus Young covering the frontcourt minutes effectively most nights. Johnson should continue to light up the competition at the G League level while more realistically vying for meaningful NBA action in 2019-20.
Johnson was recalled from the Fort Wayne Mad Ants on Tuesday.
Johnson was sent to the G League on Nov. 7, and he hasn't logged time with Indiana since Oct. 27 against Cleveland. He's appeared in just three games all season at the NBA level, playing eight total minutes and scoring two points while collecting four rebounds over that span. Johnson isn't expected to have much of a role with the Pacers just yet.
Johnson (illness) tallied 11 points, 12 rebounds, one assist and one steal in the 120-118 loss Wednesday to the Hustle.
Johnson played 37 minutes Wednesday which would seem to indicate the 22-year-old is completely healthy after suffering from an illness earlier in the season. Johnson is averaging 19.8 points, 12 rebounds and 2.4 assists through the first five games of the G League season.
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