Amir Johnson PF/C BOS 2 days ago

Johnson returned to practice Sunday after sitting out with an illness, Gary Washburn of the Boston Globe reports.

Competitive Edge Analysis

The Celtics as a whole have been dealing with a flu bug, which has caused a few different players to miss time. Johnson sat out Thursday's matchup with Real Madrid because of it, but is feeling better and was able to return to practice Sunday. With three more days of rest until Wednesday's game against the Nets, there's no reason to think Johnson won't be able to suit up and play.

Amir Johnson PF/C BOS 5 days ago

Johnson missed Thursday's exhibition against Real Madrid, Adam Himmelsbach of the Boston Globe reports.

Competitive Edge Analysis

A bug has been working its way around the Celtics locker room recently, so it's possible Johnson will be isolated from the team for a few days until he shows improvement with his condition. The illness shouldn't jeopardize Johnson's availability for the majority of what remains of the Celtics' preseason schedule, but the big man's chances of opening the regular season in a starting role appear to have dissipated. Coach Brad Stevens has used David Lee and Tyler Zeller as his starting frontcourt for both of the Celtics' exhibitions thus far, leaving Johnson, Jared Sullinger, Kelly Olynyk, and Jonas Jerebko to fight for reserve minutes.

Amir Johnson PF/C BOS 3 months ago

Johnson signed a two-year, $24 million deal with the Celtics on Wednesday, Sam Amick of USA Today reports.

The 28-year-old will accept a short-term deal with his sights set on hitting free agency again in two summers when the cap is expected to be significantly higher. Johnson averaged 9.3 points and 6.1 rebounds in 26 minutes for Toronto last season, and he'll compete for a starting spot in the Celtics' frontcourt.

Amir Johnson PF/C BOS 4 months ago

Johnson averaged 9.3 points (57% FG, 41% 3Pt, 61% FT), 6.1 rebounds, 1.6 assists, 0.6 steals, and 0.8 blocks in 26 minutes per game during 75 regular season game in 2014-15.

The 28-year-old hard-nosed forward may have played his final game with the Raptors, who could opt for a shakeup this summer after being swept by the Wizards. In four playoff games Johnson contributed 11.5 points (69% FG, 0% 3Pt, 50% FT), 7.0 rebounds, 1.0 assist, 0.3 steals, and 0.8 blocks in 28 minutes per game.

Amir Johnson PF/C BOS 6 months ago

Johnson grabbed a double-double with 14 points, 12 rebounds, three assists, one steal, and one block in 33 minutes of action in Game 3 against the Wizards.

Johnson has been fairly consistent in the Playoffs, averaging 14.0 points and 8.3 rebounds so far. He'll have a chance to help the Raptors avoid a sweep in Game 4 at Washington.

Amir Johnson PF/C BOS 6 months ago

Johnson will start in Friday's Game 3 against the Wizards.

Johnson has scored in double-digits through the first two games of the series and is getting the reward of a spot in the starting lineup over Tyler Hansbrough as a result. Although, Johnson was already averaging 26.4 minutes in those two games so his role on the court may end up being somewhat similar as in Games 1 and 2.

Amir Johnson PF/C BOS 6 months ago

Johnson is expected to have a large role in Tuesday's Game 2 against the Wizards, Josh Lewenberg of TSN Sports reports.

Johnson came off the bench in Game 1 but still led his team with 18 points Saturday. Coach Dwane Casey admitted that he may switch up his rotation for Game 2, although the coach does expect Johnson to play around 34 minutes like he did in Game 1. If for some reason Johnson is moved into the starting lineup then James Johnson would likely be the unfortunate party who moves to the bench.

Amir Johnson PF/C BOS 6 months ago

Johnson led the Raptors with a team-high 18 points (8-12 FG, 0-1 3Pt, 2-3 FT), eight rebounds, one assist, and one block in 34 minutes during Saturday's Game 1 loss to the Wizards.

Johnson came off the bench, giving his coach cause to start him in Game 2 on Tuesday. He took advantage of the Wizards' smaller lineup, scoring all his points inside of seven feet or at the foul line.

Amir Johnson PF/C BOS 6 months ago

Johnson will come off the bench in Game 1 on Saturday, the Toronto Star's Doug Smith reports.

The Raptors will continue to roll with Tyler Hansbrough with the starters, but Johnson still figures to be prominently involved off the bench.

Amir Johnson PF/C BOS 6 months ago

Johnson (ankle) provided eight points (4-5 FG) and eight rebounds in 16 minutes in the loss to Boston on Tuesday.

Johnson returned from a four-game absence and played limited minutes off the bench. To have success in the playoffs, the Raptors will need Johnson to be effective. The 6-9 forward has been a steady presence in the Raptor frontcourt over the past three seasons.