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Height/Weight: 6-9/250 | Birthdate: 2/20/1987 | Birthplace: Cheyenne, WY | Team: Toronto Raptors | College: Wake Forest | NBA Experience: 6 | Owned/Started%: 44/11
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Raptors' Ross, Lowry replace Vasquez, Johnson in starting lineup


by Jason Butt | CBSSports.com
(3/6/2015) Forward Terrence Ross will start in Friday night's game against the Wizards, the Raptors announced. 

Also starting is guard Kyle Lowry, who will be back on the court after missing the previous three games to rest various injuries. Both Ross and Lowry are replacing Greivis Vasquez and James Johnson in the starting lineup. 

Ross has notched back-to-back games with 12 points — on Monday against the 76ers and on Wednesday against the Cavaliers. 


Raptors' James Johnson scores 27 points in blowout loss Saturday


by Brandon Wise | CBSSports.com
(2/21/2015) Raptors forward James Johnson scored a season-high 27 points on 10 of 16 shooting from the field in Toronto's 98-76 loss to the Rockets Saturday.

Johnson did everything for the Raptors in the loss, grabbing five rebounds, blocking four shots and adding four steals to his totals. It was the third time in his last five games Johnson was able to reach double figures in scoring.


Forward James Johnson working his way back into Raptors' rotation


by Brandon Wise | CBSSports.com
(2/9/2015) Raptors forward James Johnson was starting for Toronto for a little while earlier in the season when DeMar DeRozan was out with a groin injury. After DeRozan returned, Johnson's minutes went down. 

But now, the sixth-year pro is back on the rise with the Raptors and he credits it to his workout regiment.

"Stick to my routine," Johnson said to TSN.ca. "If I'm not getting the 20-plus minutes, I'm going to stay doing my extra shooting, extra lifting."

Johnson scored 20 points and grabbed four rebounds in Toronto's win over the Spurs Sunday.

"You never know how many minutes you're gonna get, when's your next opportunity to play, so you just have to stay ready. Give a lot of credit to [assistant coach] Jama [Mahlalela], always coming up there, sacrificing some dinner times with me, coming up there at nighttime. It's working out."

Coach Dwane Casey said after the game he started Johnson for the first time in a while for defensive purposes.

"To match up with Kawhi Leonard, give us a physical presence with him. I was worried about his minutes but he was okay, his hammy was okay," Casey said. "We were watching him but he came through with flying colors."


Raptors' James Johnson goes for 20 points on Sunday


by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(2/8/2015) Raptors forward James Johnson picked up 20 points on Sunday against the Spurs.

Johnson shot 8-10 from the field, inlcuding making his only three point attempt. He sunk three of his four free throws. Johnson also added four rebounds during the contest. 


James Johnson leads Raptors comeback over Clippers


by Shawn Krest | CBSSports.com
(2/6/2015) James Johnson hit all seven of his shots and scored 16 points off the bench to lead the Raptors to an epic comeback over the Clippers, 123-107, Friday in Toronto. 

The Raptors trailed by 20, late in the first quarter. Johnson entered the game in the second and scored 12 of his points before the half as the Raptors cut the lead to two points by the break.

Johnson and the Raptors stayed hot in the second half, taking the lead and pulling away. The Raptors led by as much as 24 in the fourth quarter. 

Johnson added five rebounds, three assists and two steals in his first game back after missing four straight with a sore hamstring. 

The Raptors host the Spurs in their next game, Sunday. 


Raptors label James Johnson as probable vs. Clippers


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(2/5/2015) The Raptors have labeled forward James Johnson as probable for Friday's clash against the Clippers, according to ESPN.

Johnson missed four straight games with a sore hamstring. He is averaging 7.6 points and 4.0 boards through his first 41 games.

Toronto is a 2-point underdog at home home against the Clippers.


Raptors rule James Johnson out of Wednesday's game


by Sean d'Oliveira | CBSSports.com
(2/4/2015) The Raptors have ruled forward James Johnson out of Wednesday's game against the Nets, reports tsn.ca.

It will be the fourth straight game Johnson has missed while dealing with a sore hamstring. Forwards Terrence Ross and Amir Johnson have been receiving more playing time with Johnson out.

The Raptors are 7 1/2-point favorites.


Raptors forward James Johnson still out on Monday


by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(2/2/2015) Raptors forward James Johnson has been ruled out of Monday's game against the Bucks, according to TSN.

Johnson is dealing with a hamstring injury. He's already missed two games due to the issue. Johnson is averaging 7.6 points and 4.0 rebounds per game. 


Raptors PF James Johnson out Saturday, MRI results pending


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(1/31/2015) Raptors power forward James Johnson will not play in Saturday's game against the Wizards due to a hamstring injury, TSN.ca reports.

Johnson underwent an MRI on his injured hamstring, but the team is still awaiting the results of the test. Playing limited minutes in recent weeks, Johnson has averaged 7.6 points and 4.0 rebounds in 41 games.

The Raptors are 5-point underdogs in Washington Saturday.


Raptors PF James Johnson (hamstring) out Friday


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(1/30/2015) Raptors power forward James Johnson will not play Friday due to a right hamstring strain, the team announced.

Johnson has seen limited action over the last few games, and he hasn't topped 11 minutes since Jan. 16. He's averaged 7.6 points and 4.0 rebounds in 41 games while shooting 59 percent from the field.

The Raptors are 7 1/2-point favorites in Brooklyn Friday.


Raptors' Casey: James Johnson 'understands' playing time situation


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(1/30/2015) Raptors forward James Johnson has seen his playing time rapidly decline since mid-January, as coach Dwane Casey has opted to start Greivis Vasquez alongside DeMar DeRozan and work to keep Terrence Ross' confidence up, according to the Toronto Sun.

Johnson hasn't played more than 9 minutes in the last six games and logged zero minutes in two of those contests. Still, the Raptors have won five of the last six games, and Casey said Johnson will eventually see his minutes increase again.

“He’s been great. He understands. I spoke to him briefly earlier, he understands that when DeMar came back, somebody’s minutes was going to decrease,” Casey said. “And it wouldn’t be fair to throw him out there for a few minutes just to say: ‘Hey, we got him in the game.’ His time is going to come. I don’t know when it’s going to come, but it’s going to come because we need his physicality on both ends of the floor. He gives teams matchup problems offensively. Defensively, he gives us that size and toughness that we need in the paint, rebounding that we need.”


James Johnson losing his Fantasy value


by Chris Towers | CBSSports.com
(1/16/2015) Raptors forward James Johnson is one of those guys who has proven himself to be a very useful Fantasy option -- when he gets the minutes. The problem for the Fantasy owners who have made Johnson the eighth-most added player in CBSSports.com leagues over the last week is, it's not clear where Johnson is going to get those minutes now that DeMar DeRozan is back from a groin injury.

It's easy to see why Johnson's ownership has jumped in the last week; over a 10-game span before DeRozan's return, he averaged 10.2 points per game on 62.0 percent shooting, while adding 5.5 rebounds, 1.8 assists, 0.9 steals and 1.4 blocks per game. Johnson stuffs the stat sheet to bursting and rarely takes bad shots, making him a very solid play in category-based leagues. However, he was doing that while getting 26.2 minutes per game, and DeRozan's return likely means his playing time is about to be cut. Johnson played just 15 minutes in DeRozan's first game back, and was averaging just 18.1 minutes prior to DeRozan's injury.

Johnson is a great insurance option for the Raptors in the event of another DeRozan injury, and he should still maintain a decent baseline of production across the board no matter what his role is. However, outside of deeper, category-based lineups, it's hard to see Johnson being more than reserve option otherwise. 


Raptors' DeMar DeRozan cleared to play Wednesday


by Sean d'Oliveira | CBSSports.com
(1/14/2015) The Raptors announced forward DeMar DeRozan is active and available to play Wednesday against the 76ers.

DeRozan has not played since late November after tearing his groin. He will return to the starting lineup, while James Johnson will come off the bench. The Raptors went 12-9 during DeRozan's absence. 

The Raptors are 17 1/2-point favorite against Philadelphia.


Raptors' James Johnson doubles up Boston in win Saturday


by Brandon Wise | CBSSports.com
(1/10/2015) Raptors forward James Johnson scored 15 points on 7 of 12 shooting and grabbed 10 rebounds in Toronto's win over the Celtics Saturday. Coach Dwane Casey said after the game putting Johnson back in the starting lineup was mostly to shake things up.

"I don’t want to imply that guys are not playing hard because I think they’re going through the motions but just mentally it’s the time of the year, if you look at a lot of teams around the league, you see that this time of year," Casey said.

He also noted Johnson's strong shooting has been driven by his mental toughness.

"I think he’s been under control. James plays within himself," Casey said.

Johnson added four assists and two blocks to his totals Saturday.


Raptors list guard Landry Fields as out at Portland


by Sean d'Oliveira | CBSSports.com
(12/30/2014) The Raptors announced guard Landry Fields will not play in Tuesday’s game at Portland.

It will be the fifth straight game Fields has missed while dealing with a concussion. His next opportunity to play will be Friday at Golden State. Guard James Johnson is expected to replace Fields in the lineup.

The Raptors are 3 1/2-point underdogs.


Raptors forward James Johnson plays four minutes in return


by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(11/25/2014) Raptors forward James Johnson managed to play four minutes in his return on Monday.

Johnson missed three games due to an ankle injury, but was able to come back. He did not attempt any shots and had one rebound and a steal during the contest. 


Raptors' Hansbrough to sit out Monday, Johnson ready to return


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(11/24/2014) Updating a previous item: Raptors power forward Tyler Hansbrough (shoulder) will not play Monday against the Suns. However, power forward James Johnson is expected to return from a three-game absence due to an ankle injury, per the National Post.

Raptors PFs Tyler Hansbrough. James Johnson doubtful for Monday


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(11/24/2014) The Raptors have listed power forwards Tyler Hansbrough and James Johnson as doubtful for Monday's game against the Suns, per Sportsnet.ca. Hansbrough has missed two straight games with a shoulder injury. Johnson has not played since Nov. 15 with an ankle injury.

Raptors forward James Johnson diagnosed with severe ankle injury


by Sean d'Oliveira | CBSSports.com
(11/17/2014) Raptors forward James Johnson is not expected to be available for Wednesday’s game against Memphis as he recovers from a severe ankle sprain, reports the Toronto Star.

Johnson suffered the injury Saturday against Utah and there is no timetable for his return.


Raptors forward James Johnson misses practice Monday


by Sean d'Oliveira | CBSSports.com
(11/17/2014) Raptors forward James Johnson was unable to attend Monday’s practice while dealing with an ankle sprain, the team reported.

Johnson suffered an ankle sprain during Saturday’s win against Utah and did not return to the game. His status for Wednesday's game against Memphis has yet to be determined.


Raptors PF James Johnson sprains ankle Saturday


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(11/15/2014) Raptors power forward James Johnson suffered a sprained right ankle Saturday and did not return to the game.

Johnson scored five points on 2 of 3 shooting in 14 minutes of play before coming out of the game for good. He'll have a few days off before the Raptors face the Grizzlies Wednesday.


James Johnson plays through ankle injury


by Chris Towers | CBSSports.com
(3/5/2014) Grizzlies forward James Johnson seemed to have no trouble playing on a sprained ankle Wednesday, as he returned from a one-game absence in a 103-94 loss to the Nets.

Johnson played 14 minutes off the bench in the loss, but still managed to score 12 points. He shot 3 of 7 from the field, 2 of 3 from three-point range and made all four of his free-throws, while adding one rebound and one assist in the loss.

Johnson has scored in double figures in three of his last four games, and is averaging 8.5 points, 3.9 rebounds, 2.5 assists, 1.4 blocks and 1.1 steals in just 20.9 minutes per game in 36 appearances. 


James Johnson expected to return Wednesday


by Chris Towers | CBSSports.com
(3/5/2014) Assuming he can get through pregame shootaround, Grizzlies forward James Johnson will play Wednesday against the Nets. Johnson missed the team's previous game due to an ankle injury, but was able to practice Tuesday and appears to have overcome the injury. 

James Johnson returns to practice Tuesday


by Chris Towers | CBSSports.com
(3/4/2014) Grizzlies forward James Johnson was able to practice Tuesday despite an ankle injury, reports the Commercial Appeal. The Grizzlies next game comes Wednesday against the Nets, and it seems like he will be able to return after missing just one game. 

James Johnson sits out Wizards game with sore ankle


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(3/3/2014) Grizzlies forward James Johnson was ruled out for Monday's game against the Wizards in Washington D.C. because of a sore ankle, according to the team's radio announcer.

Johnson has scored in double figures in three of his last five games, averaging 9.6 points, 2.2 rebounds and 2.0 assists over his last five games. Johnson will look to return Wednesday at Brooklyn.