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Zaza Pachulia out for month with leg injury

Lithuania Basketball EuroBasket

Georgia’s Zaza Pachulia, left, challenges for the ball with Ukraine’s Viacheslav Kravtsov, during their EuroBasket European Basketball Championship Group D match in Klaipeda, Lithuania, Sunday Sept. 4, 2011. (AP Photo/Darko Vojinovic)

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Behind Zaza Pachulia, the team from Georgia has made it into the second round of EuroBasket. The Hawks big man was giving his native country 13.6 points and 5.3 rebounds per game.

Notice we said was, that is because he is injured and will miss the rest of the tournament.

He will miss a month, according to EPM.ge, a Georgian publication (via I am a GM). The injury happened during a loss Monday to Bulgaria. Without him, there is little chance Georgia advances to the knockout round of EuroBasket.

Normally we would say this could impact him at the start of Hawks training camp, but that appears not to be an issue right now. He likely will have plenty of time for it to heal.