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Joe Johnson Injury: Atlanta Hawks To Play Against Bucks Without Best Player

The Atlanta Hawks will be without their best player Friday against the Milwaukee Bucks. According to a report from the Atlanta Journal Constitution, Joe Johnson will not play tonight due to tendinitis in his left knee. Johnson scored a team-high 18 points in 38 minutes in Thursday's loss to the Golden State Warriors, but said he felt discomfort 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."

The Hawks still have to approach tonight's home game as a must-win in this weekend stretch. The Oklahoma City Thunder come into Philips Arena on Saturday and that's before the Hawks hit the road to face Indiana and Miami, two of the Eastern Conference's strongest teams.

Friday's game starts at 7:30 p.m.

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