Hoops Head: Johnson to miss 2 games with knee

Atlanta Hawks guard Joe Johnson, who left Monday’s game in Chicago in

the third quarter, did not travel with the team to New York today, and

is returning to Atlanta for an MRI on his left knee, according to Hawks.

He will not play in the next two games (at New York on Wednesday, vs.

Orlando on Thursday).

Forward Marvin Williams is expected to

return when the Hawks face the Knicks in New York. He didn’t play

against the Bulls because he was attending a family member’s funeral.


Johnson’s status for Sunday’s All-Star game undetermined, hope springs

Josh Smith (snubbed for the third season in a row). Commissioner David

Stern selects replacements for injured All-Stars. Smith would vie with

for other snubbees Brandon Jennings, Rajon Rondo, Tyson Chandler and

even sports’ newest international superstar Jeremy Lin.