Atlanta Hawks guard Joe Johnson will miss the All-Star game because of tendinitis in his left knee.
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NBA Commissioner David Stern picked Boston guard Rajon Rondo to replace Johnson in the All-Star Game at Orlando this weekend, passing over Atlanta forward Josh Smith. Oklahoma City’s Kevin Durant will take Johnson’s place in the 3-point contest.
Johnson is also skipping the Hawks’ last two games before the break: at New York on Wednesday night and a home game against Orlando on Thursday night.
He leads the Hawks in scoring at 17.6 points a game and was named to the All-Star team for the sixth year in a row. After the break, Johnson will be re-evaluated before Atlanta’s next game against Golden State on Feb. 29.