Miami Heat guard Tyler Johnson is set to make his return and play tonight for the first time since January. Heat head coach Erik Spoelstra said the guard will be available for "emergency situations".
Coach Spo says Tyler Johnson (left shoulder surgery) will be ACTIVE tonight and available for emergency situations. pic.twitter.com/0qDRDur5ve— Miami HEAT (@MiamiHEAT) April 27, 2016
Johnson, 23, underwent left shoulder surgery in February and has not played in a game since January 26. The second-year guard posted averages of 8.7 points, 3 rebounds and 2.2 assists off the bench.
The Heat, locked in a 2-2 matchup vs. the Charlotte Hornets, can really use the services of Johnson before their biggest game of the season. Starting point guard Goran Dragic has been unable to play 30 minutes in the last two games due to foul trouble and rookie guard Josh Richardson has lost his rhythm, shooting 2-of-12 in Charlotte.
The depth and combination of solid offense and defense Johnson brings is truly an answered prayer.