Joe Johnson Injury: Hawks Guard To Sit Out All-Star Game Due To Knee Injury

ATLANTA, GA - DECEMBER 28: Joe Johnson #2 of the Atlanta Hawks shoots against JaVale McGee #34 of the Washington Wizards at Philips Arena on December 28, 2011 in Atlanta, Georgia. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. (Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)

The Atlanta Hawks have announced through a press release that Joe Johnson will sit out Sunday's All-Star game due to a knee injury. The team had previously announced that Johnson would not play in Wednesday's game against the Knicks or on Thursday against Orlando. Johnson returned to Atlanta on Tuesday and had an MRI that confirmed tendinitis in his left knee. Johnson will rest throughout the weekend and then be re-evaluated prior to the Hawks next scheduled game against Golden State.

Hawks guard Joe Johnson underwent an MRI yesterday in Atlanta, and he was diagnosed with left knee tendinitis. As previously announced, he'll miss the Hawks' next two games (tonight in New York, tomorrow vs. Orlando).

In addition, Johnson won't participate in this weekend's All-Star game and activities in Orlando. He'll be re-evaluated prior to Atlanta's first game after the All-Star break (Wednesday the 29th vs. Golden State).

In addition to the All-Star game, Johnson had been announced as a participant in the Shooting Stars Contest and the Three-point contest. NBA Commissioner David Stern will announce Johnson's replacement on the team and maybe just maybe it opens the door for Josh Smith to make his first appearance in the All-Star game.

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