Wings' Jonhson out with hamstring injury

By Dorothy Gentry

 
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Just hours before their home opener against the Atlanta Dream, and second game of the WNBA season, the Wings announced a series of injuries, most notable of those was starting power forward Glory Johnson

Johnson suffered a hamstring injury in their season-opening loss to the Mercury on Friday night  and is expected to be sidelined four weeks.

The fourth-quarter injury with just four minutes left to play should be a significant concern for the Wings and Johnson, known around the league for her strength and toughness. 

Johnson returned for her sixth season Friday night, dominating the floor scoring 12 points and grabbing 8 boards before leaving with the injury. Last season, Johnson started and played in 33 of 34 games, while averaging 14.9 points and 9.1 rebounds. Overall in her career, Johnson averages 13.7 points and 8.5 rebounds per game

With Johnson out, that means more minutes and opportunity for second-year forward Kaela Davis and rookie Azura Stevens.

Davis led the bench in scoring with 10 points on Friday. She scored those points in just 12 minutes of action on 4-for-7 shooting, including 1-for-2 from behind the arc. The All-Rookie selection from a season ago provided a spark off the bench for the Wings and was an efficient scoring option for the second unit so look for her to eat up many of those Johnson minutes.

In competition for those minutes will be Stevens, who saw brief action during the first quarter of Friday’s opener.

Also on the Wings injury list: Theresa Plaisance, recovering from an ACL injury and Aerial Powers, who is questionable today with a quad injury.

Following Sunday's home opener, the Wings will hit the road for a nine-day road trip that will start in Minnesota against the defending WNBA champion Lynx. The team will then travel east for battles with the Dream and Liberty before heading home for a June 2 tilt against the Storm.