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Raptors forward Amir Johnson was going “full speed” at practice after sitting for two games....

Raptors forward Amir Johnson was going “full speed” at practice after sitting for two games. (USA TODAY SPORTS)

Ryan Wolstat, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 11:31 PM ET

Fresh from two games off and the all-star break, Amir Johnson was hopeful he’d be able to play in Washington on Tuesday.

Johnson had been suiting up through a painful ankle injury that clearly was impacting his play. Hence the decision to shut him down for a couple of games before the break.

Raptors head coach Dwane Casey said he noticed immediate results when the team reconvened for a practice at George Washington University on Monday evening.

“He came back going hard, full speed, no ill effects with the turned ankle,” Casey said.

“He had a good practice tonight. His running, his energy is huge and that’s what he gave us tonight.

“Defensively, he gives us a presence that we’ve missed.”

It’s not yet clear whether Amir Johnson will return to the starting lineup or to the bench. Patrick Patterson has been excellent since arriving from Sacramento two months ago.

The time off was welcomed by everybody, even if it came and went too fast.

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