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Hawks’ Joe Johnson to miss at least two more games

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ATLANTA, GA - FEBRUARY 08: Joe Johnson #2 of the Atlanta Hawks drives past against Darren Collison #2 of the Indiana Pacers at Philips Arena on February 8, 2012 in Atlanta, Georgia. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. (Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)

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Apparently Joe Johnson was not ready to come back yet.

The Hawks’ leading scorer been battling knee tendonitis that kept him out of two games before the All-Star Game as well as that game itself (the coaches voted him in as a replacement). He came back for the Hawks first game after the break and had 18 points.

Then his knee stiffened up the next day.

So Johnson is out Friday night against the Bucks and will miss at least one more game after that. He will be re-evaluated at that point and a decision made.

In a condensed season, coach Larry Drew needs to find some other ways to get him and his knee some rest.