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|Out - Questionable for Jan. 31 at Washington|
|Last 10 Games|
Raptors PF James Johnson (hamstring) out Friday
|by R.J. White | CBSSports.com|
|(1/30/15) 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|
|(1/30/15) 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|
|(1/16/15) 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|
|(1/14/15) 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|
|(1/10/15) 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.
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