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Friday, April 18, 2014

Raptors' Amir Johnson injures ankle in regular season finale

By on 4/18/2014 12:00:00 PM

The Toronto Raptors ended the season with a loss to the New York Knicks on Wednesday by the score of 95-92. The loss did not affect the Raptors' playoff position, but there is concern over the health of Amir Johnson heading into the Raptors' first round playoff match up against the Brooklyn Nets.
Matthew Addie via Wikimedia Commons reported that Johnson appeared to suffer an ankle injury during the game against the Knicks. There hasn't been official word from the Raptors, but Johnson played only 15 minutes and seemed to be favoring his ankle. Johnson scored only two points, added four rebounds and an assist.  With a couple days off, he could be ready to go to open the playoff series.

Expect Patrick Patterson and Tyler Hansbrough to see additional playing time, should Johnson be limited or unable to play on Saturday. Patterson had seven points and five rebounds in the season finale, while Hansbrough added 11 points and nine rebounds in 28 minutes.

Johnson averaged a career high 10.4 points, to go along with 6.6 rebounds and 1.1 blocked shots per game this season. The nine-year NBA veteran has played in 511 career games and is averaging 7.4 points and 5.7 rebounds per game.


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