Johnson expected to get second 10-day contract

Johnson expected to get second 10-day contract
January 27, 2014, 12:15 am
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BOSTON — Chris Johnson had one more shot to impress the Boston Celtics' brass before his 10-day contract would be over.

And just as he has done throughout his time with the Celtics, he didn't disappoint which is why Boston is expected to sign him to a second, 10-day contract prior to Tuesday's game against the New York Knicks.

Johnson's contract, signed on Jan. 17, was set to expire at 11:59 p.m. on Sunday.

"The coaches and GMs like me. That's a good thing," Johnson told "I'm just going to stay after it and stay hungry."

Celtics head coach Brad Stevens had not heard the final word on whether the team was bringing Johnson back for a second, 10-day contract, but "I would assume that would be something we'd really like to do."

With Jerryd Bayless (toe) and Avery Bradley (ankle) both out, Johnson has emerged as a reliable contributor off the bench.

On Sunday he had 12 points while the rest of the Celtics' second unit scored a total of just 15 points.

"He was great," Stevens said of Johnson. "He's been fantastic and aggressive and just a really good addition."

As much as Johnson is fueled to stay in Boston, he's just as determined not to go back to the Development League.

"The D-League is a mindset," Johnson said. "Once you get called up, everything can go up or down. While you're up here, you have to give everything you got, take advantage of working out, getting extra shots up, going to practice early, working hard when the coaches put you in. There's a chance you might go back to the D-League. You don't want that to happen."

For many D-League players, it's unusual to get as much playing time as Johnson has so quickly.

In four games, he has averaged 26.8 minutes for the Celtics.

On Sunday he played just under 28, with only three Boston players - Gerald Wallace, Rajon Rondo and Brandon Bass - seeing more action.

Not only is Johnson playing a lot, but he's on the floor during critical stretches. On Sunday, he was the only Celtic to play the entire fourth quarter.

"It just shows that they like what I've been doing here," Johnson said. "I'm just trying to be positive about the situation, stay humble, work hard at everything and show the staff and my teammates that I want to be here."