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After the Celtics made three trades at the deadline, dealing Kendrick Perkins and Nate Robinson to the Thunder, Semih Erden and Luke Harangody to the Cavs, and the injured Marquis Daniels to the Kings. They were left with just eight players against the Denver Nuggets for a game Thursday night. As a result, Danny Ainge plucked center Chris Johnson from the NBA D-League.
Consider Johnson’s crazy day: He woke up Thursday morning in North Dakota, and by Thursday night, he was playing for the Celtics. Against the Nuggets, Johnson scored six points and finished with three blocks over 16 minutes.
The 6-foot-11 Johnson averaged 16.9 points, 9.6 rebounds and 2.8 blocks this season with the Dakota Wizards of the NBA D-League.
Johnson is a very raw talent and should see a good amount of action over the next week with Erden and Perk out of town, and Shaquille and Jermaine O’Neal recovering from injury.
The former LSU star had participated in Celtics training camp this past summer.