Johnson out of All-Star Game with knee injury

NEW YORK — Joe Johnson will not participate in the All-Star Game due to the tendinitis in his left knee. An MRI exam performed Tuesday in Atlanta showed no structural damage. The condition will cause Johnson to miss tonight’s game against the Knicks and Thursday’s home game against the Magic. According to the team, the six-time All-Star will be evaluated prior to the Hawks’ first game back from the five-day break, Feb. 29th vs. the Warriors.

The NBA announced that Celtics guard Rajon Rondo will replace Johnson.

“It is just tendinitis,” Hawks coach Larry Drew said. “From that standpoint, it’s just going to be on feel, how he feels with treatment and therapy. … For us, it’s important that he gets well to where it settles down from a pain standpoint.”

Johnson’s knee has been bothering him of late and he left Monday’s game against the Bulls in the third quarter before returning to Atlanta for the test.

Drew said the time off should help ease the condition.

“Particularly with tendinitis,” Drew said. “It’s just one of those things where you have to allow the knee to rest to where it is not getting the constant pounding.”

Willie Green will start in place of Johnson against the Knicks.

Johnson leads the Hawks in scoring at 17.6 points per game.

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FreshmakerGT

February 22nd, 2012
12:38 pm

Good call for him to hold out of the ASG. Hopefully he’ll be ready to go after the break. Would be awesome if Josh can replace him in the All-Star game – he really deserves to be there.

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DREABABY

February 22nd, 2012
12:46 pm

Well it looks like our record will be19-15 heading into All Star week.Josh has to be his replacement,you would think.

JayInAtlanta

February 22nd, 2012
12:49 pm

I’m not a Johnson hater. I always enjoy seeing him in the All Star Game and in games I attend or watch on TV. This is a shame, but clearly it’s better for the team that his knee is in perfect shape for the 2nd half of the season.

As many others have said, I truly hope David Stern will choose to replace Johnson with Josh Smith. That would be so well deserved. Unfortunately, due to the lack of respect for the Hawks in general, my prediction for the replacement is Rajon Rondo. I very much hope I’m wrong.

Left Coast Dawg

February 22nd, 2012
12:50 pm

Now this will be the first time in history that a player gets snubbed twice in one season for the All-Star game……sorry Josh, but you should be there.

O'Brien

February 22nd, 2012
1:17 pm

FTPB,

Ra’mon,

If Joe’s performance is so drastically declined when injured, is it not better for the TEAM for him to not play?.

Yes. But coaches do it all the time across all sports (and I don’t think they should). JJ is an important part of our team, and with this crazy schedule, and with Al out, we need hjm to be fairly healthy.

How many times did we see Bobby Cox send a player out there despite the fact that they are hurting?

I know JJ is a Guard, but what are the chances that Josh will get to replace him in the AS game? I hope Josh gets to go.

Ra'mon

February 22nd, 2012
1:28 pm

O’Brien, David Stern would announce tomorrow that Lin is the replacement if the Knicks win tonight, lol. But seriously, its like in spite of a winning streak going, Pop rested his three best players on last night, although they could’ve played. Phil used to rest Shaq all the time. If your player starts off 1 out of 8, you may as well sit him down for the rest of the game.

Either way, tonight we get to see what Marvin does with more touches, and a relative easy offensive matchup (Melo doesn’t play defense most times).

Astro Joe

February 22nd, 2012
1:39 pm

Pop with how many titles and long-term security and Phil with how many titles and long-term security? And how soon can LD be told to hit the pavement and not be owed a red cent? Oh yeah, in 4 months.

Glad to hear that Joe is doing the right thing for the team and himself by not competing in the weekend events.

KevinM

February 22nd, 2012
1:46 pm

If Carmelo backed out of his appearance, Josh Still wouldn’t get in.

J.J.M.

February 22nd, 2012
1:49 pm

josh has to hold stern hostage just to get in smh

Melvin

February 22nd, 2012
1:55 pm

I’m hearing Rondo will replace Joe. If that’s true than thats a shame. That would make two Celtics in the ASG and their team is currently in 7th place in the East standings with a losing record.

STRETCH

February 22nd, 2012
1:56 pm

303,

Anyone would tell you that Josh is the most athletic but at the same time one of the dumbest players in the NBA right now. A guy that cant shoot, but keeps telling himself he can.

Kinda like you, a guy who thinks hes a sports writer and deep down inside he’s telling himself he is. So the only thing Josh has over Anderson is athletic ability…THATS IT.

And what the heck does Alvin Harper and Pierless Price have to do with the 19-13, soon to be 19-14, 2012 version of the Atlanta Hawks???

And i dont recall Josh Smith hearing anything about him being anywhere near the All-star festivities unless he is gonna hold the ball rack for somebody. Maybe he can take Joe’s place…NOT.

Atleast Ryan is participating in the 3 pt contest. So…BOOOYAH!!!

O'Brien

February 22nd, 2012
1:56 pm

Buck and Kincaid is reporting that Rondo will replace JJ in the all-star game. Not sure if that’s official or not.

Kincaid also thinks T-Mac is one of the guys being called out (after T-Mac’s PT outburst). I disagree though.

STRETCH

February 22nd, 2012
1:58 pm

Yes! Finally Josh might be able to get in the ASG! And this time he will be able to show the world! THIS TIME HE CAN MAKE A FOOL OF HIMSELF SO EVERYBODY CAN SEE!

Ra'mon

February 22nd, 2012
1:59 pm

Rondo was just suspended by the league for 2 games. How could he go into the break on suspension but still participate?

AJ, LD’s success will ultimately be decided by post season play, not by regular season. So isn’t it best to get the players as healthy as possible for the post season, not for a 5 game stretch on the road, where you were probably to only win 2 games any way? LD has a better situation than Pop, because there’s no way ASG would fire LD in season, and still have to pay him and another coach at the same time.

Grandad

February 22nd, 2012
2:02 pm

kwooden

-from last eve-

I was neither criticizing your typo nor Josh [carrying] the team.
My point was [the team continues to lose];; regardless.
Josh has been playing @ an all-star level.
His teammates ['cept Zaza]
have not been playing well enough for it to matter.

Forgive me for not making that clear.

note:
as for typos – I’m a pretty good speller – can’t type a lick

Respectfully,
G-dad

kwooden

February 22nd, 2012
2:05 pm

STRETCH, didn’t the HAWKS beat Orlando last time because Anderson was getting abused in the post by Josh?

TMACfan

February 22nd, 2012
2:07 pm

This is so stupid, Rondo is getting the nod instead of Smoove.

STRETCH

February 22nd, 2012
2:10 pm

But thats one to the problems with Josh and a few others on the team. They do something well for a few games then revert back to old habits. If Josh wants to be considered a superstar or even a star in this league, he has to bring IT every game. Not in stretches.

Thats why the Hawks do get any love from across league cause people know they are not mentally strong or smart.

STRETCH

February 22nd, 2012
2:12 pm

If Josh had a basketball I.Q. he would know by now after 7 years that the 18-20 ft jumper is NOT his thing.

doc

February 22nd, 2012
2:15 pm

doc
February 22nd, 2012
12:51 pm

honest to answer the question, it is happening in minny with the pekovic kid. played 4 minutes in the first 3 weeks and now is balling at about 20/10. kid was drafted in 08 and somehow does this? right place at right ime and taking advantage of the situation. marvin, listening bro, got your summer planned to work on your game or play pick up with college kids to elevate your game?

as far as linsanity, it is going to be interesting to see what happens next as the pieces come together. three strong personalities, that have been known more for me first than team first, coming into the mix. heard an interesting look into melo. he is a loose cannon, coming out of time outs to do not what the coach says but to wing it on his own and that what he is known for throughout the league. also he is not a worker and lin is. it took three coaches in san fran to work him out. on the other hand melo is not known to work out at all, so the culture is going to come into conflict. finally, melo seems to fall into that category that ai and tmac is in, non winners with all the talent in the world lighting it up for 30 a night avg for a year, that dont like practice time at all and were never known for it. i wonder if melo will get it or end up over the hill before his time because of lack of body preparation and practice effort to make the team and himself better.

doc
February 22nd, 2012
12:59 pm

o’b on the tweet, my lineup against the bulls with marvin out would have been to slide josh to three and put ivan at pf to combat their size. josh always gets beat on by boozer by at least once a game just lining himself up butt first to plow into josh. it was flat stupid to go small by putting in green and making jj a sf who does not like rebounding or contact sports. in fact i would see if that would work more often and use marvin off the bench so he could have more of a “star” role. ahem against lesser talent. remember when it was thought out loud that marvin was a queen in cavs uni neutralizer? lol!

baller, you might be adding the knicks to your list tonight and saying eighth and out in the first round. we have a lot of games left in straight match ups with the knicks which in baseball vernacular or worth two games each with a loss or a win. they can make up a lot of ground on us if they whip up on the hawks and they know it.

Ray

February 22nd, 2012
2:25 pm

You know what’s so sad people are actually suggesting Lin or Rondo over Josh.

Josh should get it hands down if he doesn’t this will be the biggest FU by the NBA and stern ever. The simple fact people are even suggesting Lin right now is a disappointment.

Astro Joe

February 22nd, 2012
2:33 pm

Ra’mon, I think LD’s first obligation is to deliver as many home playoff games as possible. And one way to achieve that is by securing a #4 seed. In fact, it is the safest way. I’m not so sure that winning in the regular season doesn’t translate into better home attendance. Fans may want to put it all on the playoffs, but the guys who make the hiring decisions and pay the bills are probably focused on year-over-year revenue.

Like OB said, this happens all the time in every sport. Michael Turner tries to play with a hurt groin. Josh played on a bum ankle a few years ago with less than stellar results. Chipper tries to make it work with a variety of ailments. I think we want our athletes to “tough it out”, to not sit out at the first hang-nail.

honest_abe

February 22nd, 2012
2:38 pm

doc – pekovich is ballin. now explain to me why it seems like every other team in the league has an effective euro big man except the hawks. oops i forgot we have zaza. (btw love zaza, but let’s face it he’s pretty limited)

you’re spot on when it comes to melo. top 5 talent for whatever reason hasn’t had it come together for him. i’m still holding out hope that it works for those 3 up in nyc. basketball is more fun when the knicks are relevant.

key tonight will be teague taking advantage of lin on 1 on 1 situations. if tyson doesn’t play then i’ll give the hawks a fighting chance. but if the big mans can go i see the hawks getting behind early. which seems to be a trend lately.

pointguardslim

February 22nd, 2012
2:45 pm

“But thats one to the problems with Josh and a few others on the team. They do something well for a few games then revert back to old habits. If Josh wants to be considered a superstar or even a star in this league, he has to bring IT every game. Not in stretches.”

How is going from playing against Ryan Anderson to playing against a 7 footer in Lamarcus Aldridge “reverting to old habits”.

Not every team has a soft player at the PF like Ryan Anderson or David West that we can abuse.

Its a very basic concept called “matchups”.

- Smith isn’t abusing 270lb Boozer
- Smith isn’t abusing Lamarcus Aldridge.
- Smith isn’t abusing 6′10 Lavoy Allen
- Smith isn’t abusing 7′0 Spencer Hawes

Hell did you forget what happened against Glen Davis in the very same game?

Its called Matching up. Josh Smith is 6′8 people and doesn’t match up very well with size. How about we consider the matchup next time before you tell him to go rebound and score inside.

TMACfan

February 22nd, 2012
2:45 pm

Stern only cares about money. By picking Rondo, the AllStar game will get more press. It sadly came down to the size of the market.

pointguardslim

February 22nd, 2012
2:51 pm

Josh Smith vs Luol Deng
Josh Smith vs Gerald Wallace
Josh Smith vs Hedo Turkoglu
Josh Smith vs Ron Artest

Josh Smith vs Carlos Boozer
Josh Smith vs Lamarcus Aldridge
Josh Smith vs Ryan Anderson
Josh Smith vs Pau Gasol

How many matchups do people really expect Josh Smith to have a favorable advantage inside? Some people really don’t understand matchups or basketball.

And sadly I think Larry Drew is one of them.

honest_abe

February 22nd, 2012
2:54 pm

josh’s size it was it is. you can’t continually use that as some kind of crutch. barkley was all of 6′5 and he played power forward. boozer is 6′9 and has the athletiscm of a snail. how about dejuan blair? there’s a shortie for you. i realize some of these guys have more beef but size in it of itself doesn’t prevent you from dominating your opponent. it makes it harder without a doubt but josh is a tweener just like almost everyone else on the roster. it is what it is. do better with what you’ve got.

Ra'mon

February 22nd, 2012
2:57 pm

Abe, you sound crazy right now. Barkley was 300lbs, and Boozer is 270. Blair is 260. Besides Rodman, name the 6′9 – 225 lb Power Forward who dominated their position.

honest_abe

February 22nd, 2012
2:59 pm

um i mentioned the weight differential. what i said was most of the guys on the roster are tweeners. al is a small 5. don’t let your lack of size be an excuse. use it as an advantage.

honest_abe

February 22nd, 2012
3:03 pm

look the only difference between josh and some of these other pf’s is that they had a decent mid range to long jumper. josh unfortunately does not. he needs to recognize this and understand he doesn’t have to be the 2nd offensive option. he can dominate in his own unique way without having the offense flow through him. but of course once he was made captain and fox sports implies he is “the real lebron” heh it puts weird thoughts in one’s head.

Ra'mon

February 22nd, 2012
3:07 pm

Don’t get me wrong, I think Josh is best at the PF position. But before him, I don’t know anyone his size who has dominated.

Either way, Josh shouldn’t take any jumpers with over 7 seconds on the shot clock if he haven’t already been hitting his shot that night. But if he’s hitting the shot, he can shoot it whenever.

doc

February 22nd, 2012
3:08 pm

doc
February 22nd, 2012
1:21 pm

Grandmaster JeJe (GM)
February 22nd, 2012
6:51 am

Hollinger is a moron who obviously hates this team.

insert gearon and you get it doubly right gmjejegm.

man, we are all still shaking our heads, how they can sink so much money into this team and give the keys to a rookie coach to learn on the job. sund just said it when we were 16-6, receiving pats on the back from chuck and chernoff and getting ready to go into february, that “drew reminds me of macmillan the first year in seattle and he got better from there the next year”. stupid or what to say that? like going to the go-kart circuit to find the next driver for your daytona 500 nascar team.

a little mre to the article by nytimes on teague:

Teague’s younger brother, Marcus, is a freshman guard at Kentucky, part of the group of highly recruited players who have the team ranked No. 1. The brothers chat often, with Jeff talking Marcus through the perils of having his every dribble scrutinized by the team’s rabid fans.

“Every time I feel like I have pressure on me, I talk to Marcus,” Teague said, “and he reminds me what playing under pressure is really all about.”

oh my! wildcat fans are tougher than us. gearon where are you? did you read what fan pressure and performance is all about bro? their standard is excellence gearon not entertainment i guess. now where is the line we want to be elite from sund et al? it went out with the hiring of LD i think, did it not?

Section 303

February 22nd, 2012
3:09 pm

I thought Joe had a great shot at winning the 3-point shootout…too, bad. Probably the right call, though.

Can’t believe Rondo was picked. If they’re not going to give Josh a spot, fine, But, Rondo? There is no more overrated player in the NBA. A total product of having Garnett, Allen, and Pierce. Take those three away and Rondo is exposed as just being a decent PG.

pointguardslim

February 22nd, 2012
3:13 pm

Josh’s size draftexpress scouting: “Possesses ideal size for a small forward, and has improved his strength during his time in the NBA. Very fast for a player his height.”

How is Josh Smith supposed to dominate in his own unique way without “having the offense flow through him” and no jumper.

That is nonsense.
-pedestrian offensive rebounder against PFs
-no fast break opportunities at PFs (so he leads the break ala Barkley/Blake/Lebron)
-inconsistent post up ability against PFs

He is clearly better doing these things for the team as a SF.

How can we say he can dominate in his own way then malign him when he does it his own way.
“Without the offense flowing through him”?

That makes no sense.

pointguardslim

February 22nd, 2012
3:23 pm

- Ra’mon: Abe, you sound crazy right now. Barkley was 300lbs, and Boozer is 270. Blair is 260. Besides Rodman, name the 6′9 – 225 lb Power Forward who dominated their position.

-Abe’s response: “look the only difference between josh and some of these other pf’s is that they had a decent mid range to long jumper.”

-PGslim: “only difference”? Rodman was probably only 6′7 but stronger, had a more solid base rebounding and quicker to the ball than Josh Smith.

And he never shot the ball. He only averaged 8 points for his career.

His first championship came at the SF. The rest came playing with GOAT players. Barkley was a loser who couldn’t play defense. Boozer got dominated by Gasol in the WCSF iirc and ran away to the Eastern Conference where Josh Smith plays.

Gasol 7′1
Garnett 7′0
Duncan 7′0
Rasheed Wallace 6′11 (could hit 3s, crash boards and box out big men)
Udonis Haslem 6′9 (played with Shaq and Pat Riley sometimes put Mourning+Shaq together)

If we really wanted to promote Josh making more of an impact outside scoring we would put him in a bigger lineup and stop with the bogus arguments about him dominating guys his size then reverting to bad habits.

Only tall guy he’s dominated I guess would be channing Frye and he’s considered very soft.

pointguardslim

February 22nd, 2012
3:28 pm

“Willie Green will start in place of Johnson against the Knicks.”

Wow this LD guy must think Josh Smith is not only an All Star but a superstar. I can hope for Smith to match or beat up a hobbled Stoudemire but look at all the other matchups we lose and the bench is undersized and we want to stick with Josh at PF?

Najeh Davenpoop

February 22nd, 2012
3:34 pm

Well, if the Hawks want Josh to make it to the All Star game, Zaza has his work cut out for him tonight when Carmelo gets in the lane.

Astro Joe

February 22nd, 2012
3:35 pm

We have some weak-minded players on this team. Guys who sound like they need someone to look in the closet at the hotel for fear that the boogeyman will get them. Geez.

Najeh Davenpoop

February 22nd, 2012
3:36 pm

LD strikes again. T-Mac should be starting at the 2 with Willie Green off the bench.

terrell

February 22nd, 2012
3:39 pm

terrell

February 22nd, 2012
3:40 pm

LD infactuated with Green like he was Jamal. lol. TMac should be starting. WILLIE HAS BEEN ON FIRE COMING OFF THE BENCH. Clown!

terrell

February 22nd, 2012
3:43 pm

I hope Tracy calls his stupid a.. out again. Btw, this just in. Hinrich will replace Teague at the 4 min mark of the 1st qtr, NO MATTER WHAT!

Ra'mon

February 22nd, 2012
3:43 pm

No Najeh. Willie and T-Mac should be starting with Marvin coming off of the bench.

terrell

February 22nd, 2012
3:44 pm

This just in: Vlad Rad will play extended min, NO MATTER WHAT!

honest_abe

February 22nd, 2012
3:51 pm

brevity is a virtue? no? ok maybe not but it sure does help when trying to make a point. heh

Sautee

February 22nd, 2012
3:54 pm

“now where is the line we want to be elite from sund et al? it went out with the hiring of LD i think, did it not?”

LOL doc, even if Sund WERE to give lip service to “wanting to be elite” their actions prove otherwise over and over. And nowhere more obvious than that hire.

Sund’s idea of “elite” is making the 2nd rd. three years in a row, 2-12 record be damned.

KevinM

February 22nd, 2012
3:55 pm

The problem is not who’s starting for Joe, but why is Marvin starting? Again, I think as dumb as it sounds, we are going to play the guys that we pay the most….Marvin and Kirk get passes for their contracts and LD is not about to pass over them for T-Mac and Willie.

And like I say most nights, Teague is our key to victory tonight, although Pargo looked very nice in Chicago.

And no excuses tonight Marvin. You have a big role tonight, so no one blaming JC1, JC2 or Joe.

doc

February 22nd, 2012
3:55 pm

i just hope we come out with focus and energy. nothing else matters, right?

doc

February 22nd, 2012
3:59 pm

sautee, not so sure. remember, when rick arrived, it was, we want to be elite, meaning winning 50 games a year. they had to change it to get into the tournament. they then got lucky to beat the magic to allow the spin of second round three years in a row. pr guys at work spinning like a sheep wool weaver.