The injury-plagued Suns will get some reinforcements on Thursday vs. Brooklyn, as Cameron Johnson intends to make his return from a knee injury that has sidelined him for most of the season, according to the team (Twitter link).
Johnson tore the meniscus in his right knee in his eighth game of the season on November 4 and underwent surgery a few days later to remove a portion of his meniscus. Because the procedure involved trimming the meniscus rather than removing it, the 26-year-old will only end up missing about two-and-a-half months instead of most or all of the rest of the season.
Johnson had gotten off to a strong start to the season as the Suns’ full-time starter at power forward, averaging 14.9 points, 3.9 rebounds, 1.9 assists, and 1.3 steals per night in his seven healthy games (28.2 MPG), with a .457/.440/.727 shooting line.
The second half of the season will be crucial for both Johnson and the Suns — he’ll be eligible for restricted free agency this summer, while Phoenix had been looking to build on a 64-win season and emerge as a legitimate title threat.
Hit hard by injuries to Johnson, Devin Booker, Chris Paul, Cameron Payne, and others (and missing disgruntled forward Jae Crowder), the Suns are currently just 21-24, having lost 12 of their last 14 games.