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Hawks’ Joe Johnson out two games… All-Star Game, too?

Feb 21, 2012, 2:30 PM EDT

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This much we know for sure — the Atlanta Hawks will not have All-Star swingman Joe Johnson Wednesday against the Knicks or Thursday against the Magic. He has returned to Atlanta to get an MRI on his knee, the team announced.

The next question — will he play in the All-Star Game on Sunday? Johnson was selected as a reserve by the coaches.

If the MRI confirms the original Hawks’ doctor’s diagnosis of tendonitis, then rest — and missing the game — seems the likely outcome. If it’s something more severe he is out for sure. I guess what we’re saying is he seems like he may sit this one out.

If he is out, don’t be shocked if teammate Josh Smith is selected in his place. He and Rajon Rondo were two obvious snubs in the East, and the league likely wants to make sure the Hawks are represented, so Smith seems the likely call.

  1. progress2011 - Feb 24, 2012 at 12:46 AM

    This guy makes more than LBJ, Wade, kobe and many other players that are far, far better than him ! This guy is a complimentary player AT BEST !

    He disappears most nights and especially when playing against another star player.

    He is only a all-star because the rest of the Hawks team, the owners went to the local YMCA and picked up a few dudes.

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