Amir Johnson is a gametime decision for Game 4

Amir Johnson is a gametime decision for Game 4

Amir Johnson will be a gametime decision for Game 4. (Geoff Burke/USA Today Sports)

Amir Johnson will be a gametime decision for Game 4. (Geoff Burke/USA Today Sports)

Celtics big man Amir Johnson was injured after a tie-up with Tristan Thompson on a rebound attempt that bothered his right shoulder in Game 3 of the Eastern Conference finals on Sunday.

He remains a question mark for Tuesday’s Game 4.

According to the Boston Globe’s Gary Washburn, Johnson will have a MRI on his right shoulder and has a sprained AC joint. On Tuesday morning, Stevens told reporters Johnson will see how he feels after shootaround and then make a decision from there.

In the Cleveland series thus far, Johnson’s productivity hasn’t shown up in the stat sheets.

In Game 1, he played just four minutes and brought down one rebound. Johnson was taken out of the starting lineup for Game 2 and had two points, three rebounds and two steals in 11 minutes. He was put back into the lineup for Game 3 where he played nine minutes and had two points and two rebounds.

However, his physicality cannot be tallied in the box score.

The 6-foot-9-inch 240-pound Johnson has 11 years experience in the NBA and is one of the few Celtics players who can go up against opponents’ big men as the last line of defense.

Despite the loss of Isaiah Thomas after Game 2 and limited time with Johnson, the Celtics were able to pull out a 111-108 win on Avery Bradley’s game-winning three pointer with 1/10 of a second left on the clock. Marcus Smart, who got the start in place of Thomas had 27 points, seven assists and five rebounds followed by Bradley who ended with 20 points and four assists. 

Jonas Jerebko checked in for Al Horford in the third quarter and went 4-for-4 from the field, including 2-of-2 from three-point range in 12 minutes. Jerebko could fill the starting spot for Johnson if he doesn’t return. In the postseason, Jerebko has averaged 9.9 minutes and 3.1 points per game. 

Whether or not Johnson returns Tuesday, LeBron James is bound to have his way after his subpar performance of 11 points, six rebounds and six assists in Game 3. However, without the inside presence of Johnson, it might be more easy for James to get the rim. With Kyrie Irving and Kevin Love, who scored 29 and 28 points respectively in Game 3, on the perimeter it puts the Celtics in constant scramble situations on the effective trio. 

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