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Stanley Johnson: ‘It’s time to do my thing’

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A storage company sits behind the place where athletes from three of the four major professional sports come to stay in game shape and work on injury prevention.

And it’s here where Stanley Johnson has returned after a one-summer absence to regain his groove.

Aside from a short period of time in late June when he joined the Detroit Pistons summer league team in Orlando, Johnson has been a daily presence at P3.

The decision came before the Pistons’ off-season roster upheaval, but in the aftermath, Johnson returns to the spotlight that greeted him when the franchise passed on Devin Booker and Myles Turner to select Johnson with the eighth pick of the 2015 NBA draft.

And in the short walk to his vehicle after his mid-day workout earlier this month, one word came to mind in the brief talk with Johnson.

Excitement.

“Obviously coming off the year I had, having the opportunity to play extended minutes and a role that I aim to be at in my career, it’s going to be awesome,” Johnson told the Free Press. “I’m excited to see what I’m going to be. I don’t know what I’m going to do. It could be really, really amazing; it could be mediocre. I feel like I’m the only real, full, natural (small forward) on the team that can do both ways on it.

“It’s time to shine, it’s time to do my thing.”

Source: Vince Ellis of the Detroit Free Press

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Jimmy Butler (Knee) Sits Out T-Wolves Win Over Raptors

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Jimmy Butler sat out Minnesota’s 115-109 victory Saturday night against Toronto with a sore right knee.

Butler is averaging 21.7 points per game for the revamped Timberwolves, who entered with the fourth-best record in the Western Conference. Minnesota had lost two straight before hosting the Raptors. Nemanja Bjelica started in Butler’s place.

Source: ESPN

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Celtics’ Kyrie Irving Set to Return From Shoulder Injury

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Boston Celtics All-Star point guard Kyrie Irving went through the team’s entire off-day practice Saturday and expects to return to game action Sunday against the Orlando Magic after missing one game due to a sore shoulder.

Irving sat out Thursday’s loss to the Philadelphia 76ers after undergoing tests on a shoulder that had been bothering him recently. An MRI revealed no structural damage, but Irving will continue getting treatment even as he returns to game action.

Source: Chris Forsberg of ESPN

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LeBron After Loss to OKC: We Can Get Bounced Early in Playoffs

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Following one of the most inept defensive performances in Cavaliers history, LeBron James said his team looked primed for a short postseason appearance, barring any changes.

The Cavs fell 148-124 to the Oklahoma City Thunder on Saturday, tying a franchise record for most points allowed in regulation. They are 3-9 since Christmas Day. “Playoffs? We can’t even start thinking about that, not the way we’re playing right now,” James said. “We could easily get bounced early in the playoffs if they started next weekend. Haven’t even began thinking about the postseason.”

Source: Dave McMenamin of ESPN

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