Update: The Hawks announced that Joe Johnson will have arthroscopic surgery to remove “loose bodies” from the elbow. He is expected to miss 4-6 weeks.
Johnson woke up with discomfort Tuesday and underwent tests later in the day. Johnson sought a second opinion today from Dr. James Andrews of Birmingham, Ala. Andrews will perform the surgery.
“This is something that clearly had to be looked at,” Drew said before the surgery was announced. “As of yesterday, he could not extend his arm.”
Drew said Mo Evans would start in Johnson’s place tonight vs. Memphis. He said Jamal Crawford and possibly rookie Jordan Crawford would see increased playing time.
Johnson had played in all 18 games this season and had missed just eight games due to injury since the 2007-08 season. His injury comes as the Hawks face a difficult stretch of the schedule this month that includes road games against Miami, Orlando, San Antonio, Boston and New Orleans.
“I certainly have to make some adjustments because he is a big part of what we do,” Drew said. “We do have a lot of motion [offense], but he is still the guy who breaks the defense down and can go find his shot when he wants to.”
MC (ill) is out
And I don’t mean the good kind of ill MC. No post after the game today, blog people. I’m struggling tonight. Catch up with you tomorrow.