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James Johnson
James Johnson
Position: F
Born: 02/20/87
Height: 6-9 / 2.06
Weight:244 lbs. / 111.1 kg.
Salary: $13,734,000
The Heat looked like a totally different team in Sunday’s 120-95 loss to the Pacers than the one that earned an impressive road win over the Wizards on Friday. “It happens. We have to take it for what it was, not making any excuse for it,” Heat tri-captain James Johnson said when asked how the team can look so different in a two-day span. “We played poorly. We didn’t have no heart that game and they exposed that. But, like I said, those kinds of games happen. We just can’t let ’em repeat or we can’t let ’em happen again.”
James Johnson hasn’t been himself this season. And the Heat’s co-captain isn’t sugarcoating things when asked about his subpar play at times through the team’s first 14 games. “I’m killing myself every night, every day,” Johnson said. “It’s just been terrible performances out of me and not just from an offensive standpoint, the defense. I can put my prints on the game better on the defensive end. Our second unit, Tyler [Johnson] and me, we should come in and have that same effect we had last year and we haven’t been able to do that.”
Heat captain James Johnson is being honest about his play this season. “I’m killing myself every night, every day,” he said Thursday before Miami traveled to Washington D.C. for Friday’s game against the Wizards. “It’s just been terrible performances out of me and not just from an offensive standpoint, the defense. I can put my prints on the game better on the defensive end. Our second unit, Tyler (Johnson) and me we should come in and have that same affect we had last year and we haven’t been able to do that.”
Point guard, and fellow captain, Goran Dragic, believes the 6-foot-8 Johnson is pressing, possibly trying to live up to the four-year, $60 million contract he signed this summer. “He’s putting too much pressure on himself and that’s what we want to eliminate, those thoughts. Just go out there, don’t think too much, play free and only good things are going to happen,” Dragic said. “I talk to him a lot, I already tell him ‘Don’t put pressure on yourself.’ He’s set, he signed the deal and we need him to be back to his old JJ, not to put too much pressure about the contract or what people expect. I already told him ‘Be you, how you (were) last year, that’s how you should play. Relax like you did last year, try to make plays on defense, offense.’ We feel like he’s closer every game.”