Tyler Johnson’s injury — what turned out to be a sprained left ankle — looked really bad. The tough Miami Heat guard immediately grabbed his knee after landing awkwardly Monday, and he exited the game on a wheelchair. With Dion Waiters already out for the season, some wondered if Miami’s injury woes would imperil their hopes of home-court advantage in the first round.
Tyler Johnson's injury did not look good. https://t.co/57HkYIaqbJ— SB Nation NBA (@SBNationNBA) January 15, 2018
.@MiamiHeat guard Tyler Johnson went down hard after his legs tangled a bit with Robin Lopez's after his layup. #HeatCulture pic.twitter.com/tMT2Z1uiKq— FOX Sports Florida (@FOXSportsFL) January 15, 2018
But it looks like the injury isn’t as bad as feared. Johnson will not get an MRI on the sprained ankle, and the team listed him as “doubtful” for Wednesday’s game against the Milwaukee Bucks.
As of now, Tyler Johnson's sprained ankle does not require MRI, in Heat's view. X-rays showed no structural damage. Listed as doubtful for Milwaukee game.— Barry Jackson (@flasportsbuzz) January 16, 2018
After a fall like that, this news is damn near the best-case scenario for the Heat. Instead of missing a few weeks, Johnson may only miss a few games. And for a team that has seen multiple players suffer injuries that required extended absences — Hassan Whiteside, James Johnson and Justise Winslow just to name a few — it’s almost a sigh of relief.