Amir Johnson Pulls Own Weight in Win

By Michael Terrill
John E. Sokolowski-USA TODAY Sports

The Toronto Raptors dominated the Charlotte Bobcats 92-78 in large part due to power forward Amir Johnson’s career performance.

Johnson recorded 12 points, 21 rebounds, one assist, three blocks and two steals while going 5-for-11 from the field in 44 minutes. The career-high 21 rebounds were huge for the Raptors while this was easily Johnson’s most productive game of the NBA season.

“The ball was finding me in certain spots and I was able to get position and get the rebound,” Johnson told Yahoo! Sports.

“I was just playing hard and the next thing I know I looked up and I had 21 boards.”

The 25-year-old did not even realize he had posted more than 20 rebounds until after the game. I guess that is what happens when a player is doing everything he can to help his team grind out a win.

Johnson has been playing better as of late. The seven-year veteran continues to improve in certain areas as each game passes, which would have been even better if the Raptors were in line for a postseason berth.

In the past 10 games, he is averaging 12.0 points, 9.9 rebounds, 2.0 blocks and 33.5 minutes per contest while converting 59.1 percent of his shots from the field. These numbers all exceed his season averages in a year that he is posting career numbers across the board.

It will be exciting to watch Johnson finish out the season to see how much better he can actually get. It will also be interesting to see how he handles going up against the Miami Heat on Sunday afternoon.

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