May 09, 2009

ATLANTA -- All-Star guard Joe Johnson's sprained right ankle has recovered enough to allow him to start in Game 3 of the Hawks-Cavs series Saturday night in Atlanta. Johnson sprained the ankle in the third quarter of Game 2 and did not practice Friday.

Johnson, the Hawks' leading scorer during the regular season, has averaged just 10.5 points in the first two games of the Cleveland series and shot just 10-for-25 in Cleveland. His playoff scoring average is 15.1 points per game, down from 21.4 in the regular season.

Two other key Hawks -- center Al Horford and guard Marvin Williams -- will also play on Saturday after missing Game 2. Horford has been battling a tender ankle since Game 7 of the Heat series, while Marvin Williams has a sore wrist. Horford is expected to start, while Williams -- a season-long starter -- will likely come off the bench behind Maurice Evans.

Atlanta trails Cleveland 2-0 after getting routed in the first two games. The Hawks host the Cavs on Saturday night at Phillips Arena, where they are 7-1 in the playoffs the last two seasons.

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