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Continued: Wolves' backup center Johnson needs to get heavier

  • Article by: JERRY ZGODA , Star Tribune
  • Last update: March 15, 2013 - 7:07 AM

On Tuesday, he thrived.

“I really didn’t even know it until after the game,” Johnson said, referring to those five blocks in one quarter. “I just remember two of them. It just felt normal to me, really.”

On Wednesday, he fought to survive against Hibbert and thicker, stronger Ian Mahinmi and Tyler Hansbrough. He played 9½ minutes, made all three shots he attempted and collective five fouls in that short time as well.

“I agree, I just have to get stronger,” said Johnson, whose team ends a quick two-game trip tonight in Houston. “That’s the only thing that’s probably holding me back right.

‘‘I’ve been skinny my whole life. I faced bigger guys. That’s nothing new to me. You have to work with what you have. You can’t gain strength overnight. I work on it, just lifting [weights]. I can eat all day. It’s just not sticking anywhere.

“I feel like I belong here. I just have to keep working with what I have, and that’s quickness and outsmarting someone with what I do have.”

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