Tyler Johnson has been inactive for a long time with a shoulder injury. Lately he has been working to get back to the court, but soreness has kept him from taking the next step.
He was hoping for Game 5 to be active, but Spoelstra does not anticipate that. It seems as though he may be active for Game 6, which would give the Heat another guard available. It remains uncertain whether Johnson would play even if he was active now that Josh Richardson has such a large role. But Johnson would be insurance in the case of Goran Dragic continuing to struggle with foul trouble.
"We're having more discussions about the next step for Tyler. He's chomping at the bit to play." -- Erik Spoelstra
INJURY UPDATE: Coach Spo says he does not anticipate Tyler Johnson (left shoulder surgery) being active for tonight's Game 5.— Miami HEAT (@MiamiHEAT) April 27, 2016
If Johnson can play, the Heat will likely move Briante Weber to the inactive list alongside Chris Bosh as the Heat can only dress 13 players per game. Johnson averaged 8.7 PPG in 24 MPG this season for the Heat but hasn't played since January 26.
What kind of impact do you think Johnson would have on the series?