The Dallas Mavericks have played the last two games without James Johnson. The veteran forward was out dealing with a personal matter. Fans were hoping it would be a short absence, but that will not be the case.
Johnson is listed as out for Wednesday’s game against the LA Clippers in the health and safety protocols. Coach Rick Carlisle confirmed that there was no positive test in his media session on March 16. Johnson missed some tests attending to his personal matter, so he needs to get back into the program to be cleared to return to action.
Here is a look at the latest on Johnson’s situation and what the Mavs will do without the veteran forward.
James Johnson (health and safety) out at least one week: How will Dallas Mavericks adjust?
Brad Townsend reported the following on Tuesday afternoon.
Johnson will miss one week and at least three more games in the protocols. He will not play against the LA Clippers on Wednesday or in the two-game set in Portland this weekend. Assuming all his tests return negative, Johnson could return on Wednesday, March 24 in Minnesota. That is the final game of a road trip before the Dallas Mavericks return home for a single game against the Pacers.
Dallas has shortened the rotation without Johnson. They played just nine players against the LA Clippers on Monday night. Tim Hardaway Jr. and Jalen Brunson will be the top minute-getters off the bench. Willie Cauley-Stein, Dwight Powell, and Trey Burke could all factor into the rotation, but coach Carlisle is unlikely to go any further into his bench without Johnson active.
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