Video: Grizzlies’ James Johnson catches the Rockets unaware with explosive dunk
The recently signed James Johnson has quietly provided decent minutes to a Grizzlies team devastated by injuries, but was anything but quiet on this particular sequence in Thursday’s game against the Rockets.
After setting up to run a pick-and-roll at the top of the key, Johnson drove away from the screen and quickly past the hapless James Harden. Dwight Howard, who had also clearly expected Johnson to use the screen rather than simply drive around it, slid over in an attempt to pick up Johnson to no avail. By the time Howard recovered it was far too late; Johnson strode inside the free throw line and ignited, leaving Howard and Harden in the dust as he punished the rim.
Not bad at all for a player who wasn’t even in the NBA two weeks ago. Johnson finished the game with 12 points, five rebounds, and three steals in 28 minutes, though the Grizzlies coughed up a double-digit lead in ultimately losing, 100-92, to the Rockets.