MIAMI – Tyler Johnson played just seven minutes Saturday in Orlando and spent the entire second half on the bench with stimulation on his right knee.
Cause for concern?
Johnson says no.
Johnson, who’s had a solid preseason, said today he could have played if it were a regular season game but why risk it.
Coach Erik Spoelstra said Johnson was expected to play in tonight’s preseason game against Charlotte.
“It was just a little sore, but it was nothing,” Johnson said. “I could have continued to play if I wanted. Spo is just being cautious. … preseason. But it’s nothing to worry about it.”
Johnson was one of the lone bright spots in the first two preseason games with 35 points and 12 rebounds in 40 minutes. With Spoelstra still tinkering with starting lineups, one thing is certain, Johnson will continue to come off the bench, a role in which he thrived a year ago averaging 13.7 points, 4.0 rebounds, 3.2 assists.
“I feel like I’m most comfortable and best suited the team in my role in coming off the bench,” Johnson said. “Obviously if something came up and it was a necessity to be out there in a starting lineup then cool. But as the way things have been going especially during the preseason, that’s just the role he feels more comfortable having me at and I feel most comfortable at.”