Updated: Johnson out versus Bucks due to knee injury

Vivlamore reporting from Philips Arena.

The Hawks will be without All-Star guard Joe Johnson for tonight’s game against the Bucks.  He will also miss Saturday’s game against the Thunder. Johnson returned from tendinitis in his left knee for Thursday night’s game against the Warriors. Despite scoring a team-high 18 points in 38 minutes, Johnson had trouble with the knee late in the game.

“After the Golden State game, Joe doesn’t feel like his knee is 100 percent and he did experience a little discomfort, particularly in the second half,” Hawks coach Larry Drew said. “We made the decision to hold him out until that knee gets stronger, until he feels like he is closer to 100 percent.”

Beyond the next two games, Drew said there was no timetable on how long the team would be without their leading scorer. He termed Johnson’s status as “day-to-day.”

“We are going to closely look at it and treat it and try to strengthen it,” Drew said. “Right now, it’s weak. He has been making progress but the knee is weak. We feel it will do him more good to where he can strengthen it to where it’s closer to 100 percent.”

Johnson missed the Hawks two games prior to the All-Star break and did not play in the exhibition in order to rest his knee. The game against the Warriors was the first game back.

“Right now the focus to get it stronger,” Drew said.

In other injury news, the Hawks will also be without Willie Green tonight and Saturday. The guard is suffering from back spasms and getting hurt against the Warriors.

Josh Smith, despite an illness, will play tonight. Vladimir Radmanovic, who missed the Warriors game with an illness, practiced Friday morning and Drew said a decision will be made of his status at game time.

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Boom Dizzle

March 2nd, 2012
11:40 am

Nique might have to suit up tonight…….

honest_abe

March 2nd, 2012
11:47 am

time to hold public tryouts. pr bonanza i’m sure the ASG is down for some of that.

Brah

March 2nd, 2012
11:52 am

LOL the ship be sinkin’

Luckily we have our so-called shoulda-been All-Star Josh Smith to carry the team! Not.

Time

March 2nd, 2012
11:53 am

Can we get a update on Horford. I read a report on Yahoo’s fantasy site yesterday that suggested that Horford was “in the process of returning much sooner than anyone expected”. It’d be great to hear that is true.

Anthony

March 2nd, 2012
11:54 am

Guido

March 2nd, 2012
11:55 am

Allan Houston time in Atlanta. 5 more rough years

TMACfan

March 2nd, 2012
11:55 am

There is a rumor out there that involve Josh Smith for KG. I don’t like it, we should go for Pierce .

Boom Dizzle

March 2nd, 2012
12:02 pm

What’s John Battle doing these days? Surely he’s got something left…

AtlTodoLaVida

March 2nd, 2012
12:07 pm

AtlTodoLaVida

March 2nd, 2012
12:07 pm

Walt Frazier

March 2nd, 2012
12:08 pm

KG would upset this apple cart here in the south voicing with his mouth; the Hawks mgmt wouldn’t have that.

Walt Frazier

March 2nd, 2012
12:09 pm

With Joe and Willie out, LD may start T-MAC.

Section 303

March 2nd, 2012
12:16 pm

Geez…this team will be below .500 soon. None of these guys can stay healthy. Just one injury after another.

We all talk about the Hawks trading for this player or that….maybe they should try and work a trade for the Suns training staff? They seem to work wonders with their players.

Looks like we get to sit through a two defeat weekend. Yay!

BIG DOG

March 2nd, 2012
12:17 pm

If Tmac not starte today coach LD has to be the top 10 worst in NBA.

BIG DOG IN THE HOUSE

BIG DOG

March 2nd, 2012
12:19 pm

Teague, Tmac, Marvin, Josh, Zaza

Pargo, Green, Vlad, Ivan, Dampier

Hinrich, Stack

BIG DOG IN THE HOUSE

Section 303

March 2nd, 2012
12:22 pm

I can’t believe that rumor about Josh for Garnett is true. Hawks have no reason to do that trade.

I’m not against them trading anyone on the team. But, they can’t make a trade where they get their a$$es handed to them. Garnett for Josh is a HUGE win for Boston. Plus, I hate KG. If it weren’t for Howard and LeBron, he would be the biggest douche in the league.

hawksfancents95

March 2nd, 2012
12:22 pm

teague kirk marvin josh zaza
mins for: pargo,tmac,ivan, damp
hawks will win tonight by 5. kirk will be on tonight because when he starts he plays way better than off the bench. i have a feeling our offense will have some movement tonight and we will get good shots. id like to see tmac get 20+ mins.
Joe will sit out saturday vs OKC and we will get smashed by 20 and LD will automatically go to the ” we didnt have 2 all-stars and we had no energy” line.

cp

March 2nd, 2012
12:24 pm

Well looks like a 20+ shot attempt night for Josh. Might be time to start clearing some salary and acquiring some first round picks. Even if this team makes the playoffs, the only team I can see them beating in the first round is Orlando. If they have to match up against anybody else then its one and done. The sad part is that the ASG will use injuries as an excuse to bring back the core and LD next season.

cp

March 2nd, 2012
12:27 pm

@Section 303. The reason the Hawks might consider the KG deal is because of that huge expiring contract he has. It would help the Hawks financially. If the Hawks have a chance to clear a bunch of salary and maybe get another first rounder, they might do that deal but I dont see Sund being that bold.

Rod from College Park

March 2nd, 2012
12:28 pm

Remember this team is better without Jamal. LOL

yeahsure

March 2nd, 2012
12:28 pm

ASG NEEDS TO GO!!!!!!

Someone please buy this team!!!!!!!!!!!!!

The Truth

March 2nd, 2012
12:28 pm

I actually like this “new” strategy of the Hawks, shifting away from a heart-breaking 1st rd exit to a higher draft pick. As in a poker game, know when to hold and when to fold. The Hawks apparently see it for what it is.

The games will be more enjoyable to watch now with no expectation to win. Let Josh launch as many jumpers as he wants as he can auction for his next jig and give role players like Ivan a lot of burns.

The only thing we asked is that these players play hard, don’t lay-down and play to win.

City Of Atlanta Still Recovering From William Tecumseh Sherman

March 2nd, 2012
12:29 pm

lol what a bum…his nba careers is done. he cant shoot anymore and deff cant drive the ball

Ra'mon

March 2nd, 2012
12:40 pm

T-Mac, Dampier, Collins, Stackhouse, Garnett. That’s a championship lineup 5-6 seasons ago! No one could beat that line up no matter who the PG is. May as well bring back Bibby, and have a reunion. Call it blast of the past.

Fundamentals

March 2nd, 2012
12:40 pm

Love the John Battle chatter. I miss those days.

Section 303

March 2nd, 2012
12:43 pm

cp, I guess you have a point. But, I could see Garnett coming here and tanking the season. I’m sure he would suddenly have injury issues and barely play. The season would be shot, but you might be able to argue that it already is shot.

How much more than Josh does Garnett make?

And, if this deal is for real (I stil don’t think it is. Sund is always hush-hush about this stuff), I’m hoping for a lottery pick. No need making the playoffs with a starting 5 of Joe, Teague, T-Mac, Zaza, (insert whatever stiff you want as 5th starter. Will assume Garnett never plays a minute after the trade).

The Truth

March 2nd, 2012
12:44 pm

“With the Big Three’s window now shut, Ainge is trying to land Atlanta’s Josh Smith and other young studs, while offering up Kevin Garnett. Paul Pierce and Ray Allen can also be had, for young players and draft picks”. New York Daily News

Sounds like a KG for Josh + Marvin scenario (if true). OK for the sake of blowing it up but an awful trade if Sund includes a pick. In fact, the Hawks should receive the picks.

crazy_88

March 2nd, 2012
12:45 pm

Joe’s knee was never a 100 percent – But of course LD played him 35 + minutes like the stupid, inexperienced coach that he is.

Watch…Joe is going to start Hinrich for Joe Johnson and bring either Willie Green, Pargo or Vlad off the bench before Tracy…

hawksfancents95

March 2nd, 2012
12:45 pm

i just worked a rajon rondo jauan johnson etwaun moore for marvin williams jeff teague willie green trade on espn trade machine. if we could somehow get another team to give BOS a #1(kirk to some team) maybe this trade isnt too unimaginable. thats if BOS is honestly shopping rajon, reports today are that they arent but it has drawn a lot of attention and maybe rajon feels hurt beyond repair in BOS.
new lineup if trade works..
1 rondo 2 joe johnson 3 tracy mcgrady 4 josh smith 5 zaza (until al returns)
bench
pargo, jaun johnson, ivan johnson, stackhouse, twin, dampier

terrell

March 2nd, 2012
12:48 pm

Why did Joe come back vs GS again?? What a bunch of dumbazzes.

doc

March 2nd, 2012
12:49 pm

knee tendonitis probably patellar is maybe worse than an acl injury as it can cripple you. he definitely doesnt heal without prolonged rest, not operable and it can come back quickly once the pattern of injury is repeated. basically, it is a chronic overuse pattern injury, not good for the home team. hopefully it is minor but that is what folks always expect it to be but hard to predict or evaluate thouroughly.

Tremaine

March 2nd, 2012
12:50 pm

Section 303 where did you see that rumor at?

JJ

March 2nd, 2012
12:51 pm

At this point….I’d MUCH rather they trade Josh for picks and expiring contracts than try to limp into the playoffs only to be bounced in the 2nd round yet again (assuming they aren’t one and done). Trade Josh and anyone else they can to free up some kind of space, amnesty Marvin, and try again next year. They are stuck with Joe and his contract so I guess you build around Joe, JT, and Al. It’s a better option than being mediocre year after year. They aren’t winning anything with this group.

Just Joe

March 2nd, 2012
12:54 pm

KG & Josh are so far apart in salary ($9M), and I don’t see Atlanta taking back more salary in a deal.

About the only way I figure it working is the following:

Josh Smith, Marvin Williams &

for

KG & draft pick(s) (Boston has its own pick available, plus the Clippers’ 1st rd pick).

I would actually consider taking that deal if Boston would include both 1st rd picks. As of yesterday, that would be 15th, 21st & 24th picks in the draft, and Boston or Atlanta could end up in the lottery at this point (depending on injuries & additional trades).

Hawks would go in to the offseason with $40M committed to Jeff, Joe, Al & ZaZa, with 3 first rd picks, 2 second rd picks, and right to vets like Garnett, Hinrich, O’Neal, and McGrady.

terrell

March 2nd, 2012
12:55 pm

Hawksfancents95, LD wont start TMac. Ru crazy?

Neki Ecko

March 2nd, 2012
12:55 pm

KG?!?!?, uh uh uh, nope

Besides if that is the case then the Hawks should go after Rondo too.

JJ

March 2nd, 2012
12:56 pm

Trade anyone on the roster for that matter. Although there’s probably one three or four that any any kind of value (Josh, Al, JT, Zaza). Add in Kirk’s expiring contract and maybe they can create enough salary space to rebuild a team that would actually have a shot to win something.

doc

March 2nd, 2012
12:56 pm

ok ill be the first to say it one more time … it is the perfect oportunity for marvin to step up. heh heh

therut

March 2nd, 2012
1:00 pm

Fire Freddie G. Oh , sorry this is about basketball!

Section 303

March 2nd, 2012
1:00 pm

Tremaine, someone mentioned it above. It is on peachtree hoops, too.

http://www.peachtreehoops.com/

terrell

March 2nd, 2012
1:00 pm

Name ONE Hawks player who woulda played with a broken nose and a concussion?? Kobe is as tough as they come. Marvin woulda missed a month. lol.

The Truth

March 2nd, 2012
1:03 pm

“amnesty Marvin, and try again next year” JJ

Knowing the ASG, that amnesty option is reserve for “Big Money” JJ

terrell

March 2nd, 2012
1:04 pm

Doc will turn Josh into a beast(no more jumpers), while we watch KG sport 1000.00 suits on the bench(injured).

Section 303

March 2nd, 2012
1:06 pm

Thing about using the amnesty on Joe is that they still have to pay him, minus what he makes for another team. So, I could see the ASG either not ever using the amnesty or waiting until the last year of Joe’s contract to amnesty him. I don’t think there is anyway the ASG uses the amnesty on Joe in the next three years. They won’t eat that money and then go pay for another player. No way.

terrell

March 2nd, 2012
1:07 pm

Sund would look like a fool if he amnestied both 2 players that he just re-signed a couple of years ago. If it looks like a fool, it is a fool.

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O'Brien

March 2nd, 2012
1:09 pm

Ra’mon,

I wish Sund would be stupid enough to trade Josh to Boston in the same conference, lol. Its funny, most of the bloggers on here say to trade Josh. But a CHAMPIONSHIP organization is trying to trade their best asset for Josh. Did I not just say two days ago that Josh is the closest to Garnett in the league?.

Although he is averaging 15 and 8, Garnett is 36 years old,and alot of miles on his bony knees. His only asset to a team like the Hawks is he carries a $21 mil expiring contract.

And which version of Garnett is Josh close to? Certainly not the Garnett in his prime.

And if the Hawks just traded Josh and pieces for Garnett, the Celtics would go further in the playoffs this season, and next than the Hawks..

Both would still lose in the first round, so it would be a wash (imo)..

terrell

March 2nd, 2012
1:09 pm

Marvin and Joe for 3 more years? Think I’m gonna go throwup.

Tremaine

March 2nd, 2012
1:09 pm

Section 303 thanks

O'Brien

March 2nd, 2012
1:12 pm

I really think the only reason ASG gave JJ the contract they did is because (as David Aldridge reported), they were hoping to sell the team in the next year or 2.

JJ has been fairly healthy, but there were articles out there about what happens when SGs hit 30 (its like when running backs get to 30). A guy like Ray Allen might be the exception. Hopefully JJ will get healthy.

If you’re LD and Rick, you probably dont mind JJ being banged up, because an injured Al and an injured JJ probably means both LD and Rick will be given a pass for this year, and will return next year.

Also, with JJ injured, you can eliminate all Kirk Hinrich trade rumors (imo). It will be interesting to see how many minutes T-Mac gets.