Raptors' Amir Johnson admits he's playing in pain

Utah Jazz power forward Marvin Williams (2) boxes out Toronto Raptors power forward Amir Johnson...

Utah Jazz power forward Marvin Williams (2) boxes out Toronto Raptors power forward Amir Johnson (15) during the first half at EnergySolutions Arena on Feb 3, 2014 in Salt Lake City, UT, USA. (Russ Isabella/USA TODAY Sports)

MIKE GANTER, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 9:22 PM ET

Amir Johnson never complains. You can take that to the bank.

He doesn’t complain about officials calls. He doesn’t complain about playing time and he certainly doesn’t whine when he’s hurting. Most of the time we in the media, who make it our business to know who is healthy and who is not, have no idea with Johnson.

He rolls an ankle, he puts a little tape on it and he plays.

He hurts his back, he puts a little tape on it and he plays.

We’re not kidding. Tape might the only indication most of us ever have that Johnson is not 100%.

So in the wake of a disappointing loss at the Staples Center to the Los Angeles Clippers in a game in which the Los Angeles bigs in DeAndre Jordan and Blake Griffin owned the paint, Johnson admitting he was hurting spoke volumes.


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