Miami Heat News: Tyler Johnson Eyeing Pre-Playoff Return

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Nov 1, 2015; Miami, FL, USA; Miami Heat guard Tyler Johnson (8) looks on during the second half against the Houston Rockets at American Airlines Arena. The Heat won 109-89. Mandatory Credit: Steve Mitchell-USA TODAY Sports

Tyler Johnson may not be out for the season after all.

The Miami Heat guard stated on Friday afternoon that he hopes to return before the end of the regular season, via Jason Lieser of The Palm Beach Post:

“In my head, yeah, for sure. My goal has always been to get back and have at least a couple games before the playoffs. That’s my goal. I think the doctors are just being cautious, but the process has been going really well.”

While Johnson remains optimistic that he can return this season, head coach Erik Spoelstra continues to stress that there is no timetable for his guard’s return:

“There’s no timetable. I reminded him of that two days ago. No timetable.”

The Heat have 14 games left in the regular season, with the final one taking place on April 13th in Boston.

Johnson has not done serious work involving his left shoulder, but he continues to work out without pushing himself too hard. He said he has begun shooting left-handed within limited range:

“I’m back to lifting, full conditioning, pretty much doing everything but taking long shots. I can do all the dummy offense and make pretty much every pass except fully winding up with the left. I can shoot in the paint. I’m getting back to finishing over the head, just layups and in close, nothing too long.”

The young guard stresses that he’s not “overdoing” it:

“I’m not overdoing it. If they’re giving me an exercise to do, any time I feel discomfort I shut it down instead of trying to push through it, which has been my way of doing it in the past. That’s probably why I had the surgery so late in the season. I’m definitely taking this one a little bit more maturely, I would say.”

Prior to his shoulder surgery, Johnson had played a significant role in the rotation, averaging 8.7 points in 24 minutes per game while converting on 48.8 percent of his shots.

If the Heat were to get Johnson back in time for the playoffs, it would make a huge difference, considering the team is short-handed as it is due to Chris Bosh’s absence.
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D.J. Siddiqi grew up in the heart of South Florida in Broward County. Growing up in South Florida during the late 90's and 2000's, D.J. witnessed the Pat Riley years where the Miami Heat faced off with the New York Knicks all the way to the painful late 2000's seasons where the Heat were a one-man team with Dwyane Wade. D.J. has closely followed the Heat over the past decade-and-a-half, and unfortunately witnessed Game 2 of the 2011 NBA Finals in person when the Dallas Mavericks overcame a 15-point deficit to knock off the Heat. D.J. has writing experience as a columnist with sites such as Bleacher Report and Rant Sports, and he is proud to bring his knowledge of the Heat and the NBA to Heat Nation.