Evans Clinchy
Wednesday February 22nd, 2012

Joe Johnson is returning to Atlanta for an MRI on his ailing left knee and will miss at least two games, according to the Associated Press.

Johnson left in the third quarter of last night's loss to the Chicago Bulls with what was described as tendinitis. He did not travel with the team to New York and will miss the Hawks' last two games before All-Star weekend, first tomorrow night against the Knicks and then the following evening at home against the Orlando Magic.

It's unknown at this point whether Johnson will be available for Sunday night's All-Star Game. Johnson is an Eastern Conference All-Star for the sixth consecutive season. Losing Johnson, the team's leading scorer at 17.6 points a game, is another blow to a Hawks team that's already been without center Al Horford for over a month due to a torn left pectoral muscle. The Hawks are currently sixth in the Eastern Conference at 19-13.

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