He returns to full-contact drills in three weeks. “My problem is I don’t know when to take my foot off the gas,” Johnson said. “I always want to just grind through it and be there for my team. In the long run, I think sometimes I hurt myself by trying to push through some of the injuries that I was playing with and I would have little slumps that I was going through.”
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Q: How’s your surgically-repaired left thumb healing? Tyler Johnson: “Good. It’s going really good. I got a couple more weeks and I’ll be out the cast completely and just rehabbing. So, it’s going well.” Q: How will it feel when you finally take the cast off? Tyler: “Good. Right now, it’s a little bit of a special cast. So I can tighten it and untighten it, so it’s not as restrictive as what it would be like fully, fully wrapped up. That’s a plus, I guess.”
The Miami HEAT announced today that guard Tyler Johnson underwent successful surgery this morning to repair the ulnar collateral ligament in his left thumb. The procedure was performed by Dr. Anne Ouellette and HEAT team physician Dr. Harlan Selesnick at Miami Orthopedics & Sports Medicine Institute at Doctors Hospital. Johnson will be in a cast for six weeks and is expected to make a full recovery and be available for training camp.
Ira Winderman: Spoelstra said no limitation with Tyler Johnson due to thumb.
Tyler Johnson said X-rays on his left thumb were negative. After crashing into Embiid on a screen, “I lost my balance when I ran into him. I tried to brace myself on the floor and jammed my thumb. It’s a little sore, nothing that’s not manageable.”
Ira Winderman: Per Heat: Tyler Johnson sustained a sprained right ankle in the 2nd quarter of tonight’s game vs the Bulls. He will not return.
Ira Winderman: Spoelstra says Whiteside, Adebayo, Wade and Tyler Johnson will all play.
Manny Navarro: #Heat’s Tyler Johnson is active and available to play tonight. Whether he does is up to Spo.
Ira Winderman: Wayne Ellington is out tonight, with Tyler Johnson still questionable.
Ira Winderman: Looking like Tyler Johnson back tonight.
Manny Navarro: #Heat has ruled out Tyler Johnson for tonight’s game in Charlotte.
Anthony Chiang: Tyler Johnson went to see doctor for second opinion today. Nothing new found. It’s still just a sprained ankle and he will not play vs. Nets tomorrow.
Tyler Johnson does not know the pain associated with a knee injury. So, when Bulls center Robin Lopez landed on the back of his left leg during the second half of Monday’s game and he felt something in his knee. … he was very worried. “Initially it felt like my knee popped,” Tyler said today after watching his Miami Heat teammates go through their shootaround in preparation for tonight’s game against the Bucks. “That’s why when I went down I started grabbing at my knee and that was what was more worrisome than anything else.
Goran Dragic explained why there was such a look of concern of the faces of the Heat players as Tyler Johnson writhed on the court in pain Monday in Chicago. “I’ve never seen Tyler stay down like that,” Dragic said.
But to have the entire team race the length of the court as he stayed down was testimony to what this team thinks of Tyler. “Tyler’s one of those guys that you never know,” said James Johnson, who is as close to Tyler as any player on the team. “He could have had a broken leg, and he’d still be sitting here making sure we was all good, making sure that our spirits were still high. But it’s hard to read that guy.” “We’re all in the trenches together. And we all have respect for Tyler and we all love him. It don’t surprise me.”
Barry Jackson: Heat says at this point no MRI scheduled for Tyler Johnson. Left on crutches, didn’t comment.
Ira Winderman: Perhaps good news for Heat, per Heat: Tyler Johnson (sprained left ankle) will not return to today’s game vs Chicago. X-rays returned negative.
Manny Navarro: #Heat spokesman says Tyler Johnson will now try and play tonight.
Anthony Chiang: Tyler Johnson (strained left shoulder) will not play tonight vs. Pacers.
Manny Navarro: Tyler Johnson will play tonight for the #Heat. He missed Wednesday’s game with flu-like symptoms
Ira Winderman: Tyler Johnson upgraded to probable for Friday in Utah.
Ira Winderman: Tyler Johnson and James Johnson out tonight for Heat.
Anthony Chiang: Erik Spoelstra says Hassan Whiteside will play tonight. Tyler Johnson will be a game-time decision.
Ira Winderman: Spoelstra says MRI taken on Tyler Johnson and came back negative.
Barry Jackson: Tyler Johnson out with strained shoulder. Will be day to day.
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.
Ethan J. Skolnick: Tyler Johnson on the court for the first time in nearly 3 months.
Ira Winderman: Erik Spoelstra said Tyler Johnson mostly will be emergency option, “He’s tested it as much as he could possibly test it,” Spoesltra on shoulder.
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.
Jason Lieser: Tyler Johnson running stadiums. instagram.com/p/BEoypWWiP_7/
Ira Winderman: Tyler Johnson told me, “I’m sore again today.” Playoffs not looking likely at the outset.
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.
Shams Charania: Miami’s Tyler Johnson will undergo surgery on his left shoulder this week and likely out two-plus months, league sources tell The Vertical.
Ira Winderman: After telling Sun Sentinel surgery was being considered, Tyler Johnson will undergo shoulder procedure, miss 2 months, Sun Sentinel confirms
Ira Winderman: Source tells Sun Sentinel that Heat have given go ahead for Johnson shoulder surgery.
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Leading the charge with Joel Embiid will be Ben Simmons and the Aussie is backing down from the challenge. “We’ve got to get past Boston, those are the guys at the top right now. Beating them, that’s our next goal,” Simmons said. “Obviously getting further than the second round and winning the Eastern Conference Finals and then moving on to the Finals.
Simmons crossed Rookie of the Year honours off of his list after claiming the award last season, but he’s now setting his individual sights on a bigger goal. “I knocked off one of those (RoY), the next one is MVP.”
James Harden, the NBA’S Most Valuable Player in 2018, said Sunday he and his Rockets teammates will get together in the Bahamas the first week of September for about a week of bonding, basketball and fun.
“It’s extremely important,” Harden said in an interview with FOX 26 Sports. “I think last year it was great for us because we kind of built our chemistry up before training camp, and then obviously adding Chris (Paul) and adding PJ (Tucker), we got a year under our belt. Bringing other guys in, James (Ennis) and ‘Melo (Carmelo Anthony), just got to get them acclimated before training camp starts, something we need.”
Mark Berman: Mayor @SylvesterTurner says it’s time for Houston to honor the NBA’s MVP in 2018 with a James Harden Day in Houston. Mayor Turner wants to get it done “before the season officially starts.”
Chris Kaman will join a special club this year: He’s being inducted into the Grand Rapids Sports Hall of Fame. Kaman played basketball for Tri-Unity Christian High School, then Central Michigan University. He was drafted to the NBA in 2003 and spent 13 years there. “I think I was just blessed,” Kaman said. “I always dreamed of it … I did not know I was any good at basketball until my third year of college when we played Michigan at Michigan and we beat them. I had a really good game and everybody was talking about it. I wouldn’t have thought I could go to the NBA.”
He said it never occurred to him who the scouts who started showing up at games were there to watch. “My teammates were like, ‘They’re coming to watch you, you idiot,'” he said. “Then I started to click and put things together.”