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Hawks say Pachulia’s Achilles injury a “serious concern”

Mar 15, 2013, 10:10 AM EDT

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Zaza Pachulia has missed six straight games due to a sore right Achilles. Which isn’t good.

But what is a bigger concern is that he just went and saw his third doctor about it, reports the Atlanta Journal Constitution. As a general rule, when you have to see three doctors about something it’s not a good sign.

Pachulia sought a third medical opinion on the issue Wednesday regarding what the team has deemed a serious concern. The center has missed 12 of the past 23 games with the injury.

While the Hawks have the Josh Smith, Al Horford combo up front the talent drops off a cliff after those two. Pachulia gave Atlanta 5.9 points, 6.5 rebounds and 21 solid minutes a night behind those stars.

Now some combination of Anthony Tolliver, Ivan Johnson and Johan Petro come in off the bench each night and the Hawks get what they get. But it doesn’t sound like Pachulia will be back anytime soon.

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