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Atlanta Hawks guard Joe Johnson will miss the team's next two games and may also miss the NBA All-Star Game.
Atlanta Hawks All-Star guard Joe Johnson will miss the next two games with an injured left knee, the team announced on Tuesday. Johnson initially suffered the injury in the Hawks' loss to the Chicago Bulls on Monday, and he is undergoing an MRI to determine if the injury is even more serious. He would miss the team's games against the New York Knicks and Orlando Magic.
It also appears that Johnson will not play in the 2012 NBA All-Star Game over the weekend, according to Zach Klein of the Wall-Street Journal.
#hawks Joe Johnson is out next 2-gms w/sore left knee. Nothing is official, but I'm hearing he's pulling out of All-Star gm— Zach Klein (@ZachKleinWSB) February 21, 2012
If Johnson cannot play, that opens the door for teammate Josh Smith to be named to the roster. The league could also name Kyrie Irving or Jeremy Lin to replace Johnson if they pass over Smith. Johnson would also need to be replaced in the Shooting Stars and Three-Point Shootout competitions.