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Echoing sentiments expressed to me last week, Amir Johnson told A. Sherrod Blakely he's fine with uneven playing time so long as the team keeps having success:

Johnson said he knew his playing time this season was probably going to fluctuate.

"I'm fine with that," Johnson said. "I just want to help us keep on winning, and make sure I'm ready whenever I get my number called."

Although Johnson didn't get into the game against the Spurs, he (and the rest of the bench) came up in Gregg Popovich's pre-game meeting with the press:

San Antonio coach Gregg Popovich, whose Spurs tried to sign Johnson this past summer, said he likes the way the Pistons have brought the 20-year-old along.

"He's just going to get better and better," Popovich said. "A lot of people around the league realize what a talent he is, and I think Detroit has done a great job of bringing him along slowly; not making him do too much too soon. He's done it the right way. He's learned how you have to play in this league, and what it takes to become a contributor. He's becoming more of a contributor as each year passes by. He's going to be an important player for them in the future."

"To me, their bench is the most impressive in the league," Popovich said. "Those guys take pride in what they do when they step on the court. They're very physical, very energetic."

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