Memphis Grizzlies Vs. Atlanta Hawks: No Joe Johnson, No Problem, Hawks Post 112-109 Win Over Grizzlies

Will Joe Johnson suit up for the Atlanta Hawks in their Wednesday night matchup against the Memphis Grizzlies? And how will the Hawks respond if he can't suit up vs. the Grizz?

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Memphis Grizzlies Vs. Atlanta Hawks: No Joe Johnson, No Problem, Hawks Post 112-109 Win Over Grizzlies

The Atlanta Hawks got some very bad news when they learned that All-Star forward Joe Johnson's right elbow needs surgery.  No worries. They went out onto the court, shared the basketball and ran all over the Memphis Grizzlies once again.

Al Horford had 20 points and Josh Powell and Jamal Crawford added 16 each off of the bench as the Hawks cruised to a 112-109 win over the Grizzlies on Wednesday night at Philips Arena.

Mike Bibby added 15 points, including a pair of key three-pointers down the stretch for Atlanta, which has won four straight games.

About 20 minutes into this one, the Hawks learned the bad news -- their perennial All-Star forward is going to miss at least four-to-six weeks recovering from arthroscopic surgery on his injured right elbow.  Atlanta went out and played their best team game of the year.

The Hawks recorded a season-best 33 assists on 42 field goals, hit 21-of-26 from the charity stripe and sported six players in double figures to outlast a Grizzlies team that upset the Los Angeles Lakers on Tuesday.

Memphis cut the Atlanta lead to 106-102 on a pair of free throws by Zach Randolph with 1:12, but Bibby erased most doubt by nailing a three-pointer to reestablish a seven point cushion.  The Grizz whittled the lead down to as little as two on Rudy Gay's bucket with 2.9 seconds left, but Crawford split a pair of free throws to give Atlanta the win.

Marvin Williams had 15 and Josh Smith added 13 for Atlanta, which improved to 5-5 at home this season.

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Joe Johnson Injury: Johnson Misses Shootaround As Team Readies For Grizzlies

Joe Johnson was still waiting for results on his injured elbow on Wednesday morning.  As a result, the Atlanta Hawks guard missed the team's shootaround ahead of their evening tilt against the Memphis Grizzlies.

The perennial All-Star's elbow started to bother him the past few days and had diagonostic tests on it on it on Tuesday.   The injury is said not to be related to Johnson's poor shooting of late.  He has just one 20-point game in his last seven contests.  Johnson is averaging just 12.6 points per game on 34-percent shooting from the field in those games.

He could be sorely missed.  Johnson had a team-leading 22-points against Memphis in the season-opener up on Beale Street.  The Grizzlies have dropped four straight at Philips Arena dating back to 2005.

Tipoff for the matchup is at 7:00 p.m. at the Highlight Factory.  It will also be broadcast on SportSouth and 97.9 FM.
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