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Tyler Johnson always has been reluctant to wear a mouth guard, even after having three teeth knocked out during his career dating back to college. But one thing has persuaded him. “I missed a game,” the Heat guard said. “I can’t miss games because I’m missing teeth.” So tonight during the start of Miami’s three-game road trip in Denver, Johnson will be wearing a thin, black guard in a game for the first time.
The ongoing word on Heat guard Tyler Johnson’s status has been “he’s getting closer,” but now he appears to be on the verge of a return. Johnson, who has been out since undergoing rotator cuff surgery in his left shoulder at the start of February, has been pain-free the past two days and could be back after Game 5 on Wednesday.
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He said Tuesday he remains optimistic about his earlier goal of getting back on the court before the playoffs start. There are five games left before the regular season ends April 13. “I want to,” he said. “I’m still on track. I’m still optimistic about it, for sure. It’s really based on how I feel. We go through the same routine after every workout to see how it feels and the next day coming in and seeing how it feels. When it’s sore I usually don’t work out two days in a row. That’s what we’re trying to be able to do, put consecutive days together.”
The Heat's second-year combo guard, who had surgery Wednesday in Miami to a repair a torn rotator cuff in his left shoulder, told The Miami Herald Sunday he's going to try and come back for the playoffs in mid April, but there's no guarantee he'll be healthy enough or ready to contribute. "The doctors said it's going to be two to three months before I can resume contact," Johnson said. "It's a possibility [I could be back for the playoffs]. But we've just got to see. Again, we're not trying to rush it back. If it feels healthy by then, and I'm actually able to contribute and not just be out there trying to figure it out during the playoffs, [then I'll play]. [The playoffs are] not the time to try and figure out if you can go. If there's a couple practices before it, I'll try and practice and figure out what I can do."
The HEAT announced today that guard Tyler Johnson will undergo rotator cuff surgery in his left shoulder. The procedure will take place this Wednesday, February 3 at Doctors Hospital in Miami and be performed by HEAT team physician Dr. Harlan Selesnick. Johnson has appeared in 36 games (five starts) with the HEAT this season averaging 8.7 points, 3.0 rebounds, 2.2 assists and 24.0 minutes while shooting 48.8 percent from the field.
Johnson’s final timetable to return will be set after surgery. Johnson visited an orthopedic surgeon on Sunday, when it was determined he would undergo surgery. He strained the shoulder in mid-December and has tried to play through the injury.
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