Mar 31, 2012; Philadelphia, PA, USA; Atlanta Hawks center Zaza Pachulia (27) is defended by Philadelphia 76ers forward Elton Brand (42) during the second quarter at the Wells Fargo Center. The Sixers defeated the Hawks 95-90. Mandatory Credit: Howard Smith-US PRESSWIRE
The Atlanta Hawks will be without starting center Zaza Pachulia for at least the next two games with a foot injury. Pachulia suffered the injury in the first half of Atlanta's win over the Orlando Magic on Friday.
#Hawks C Zaza Pachulia (ankle) ruled out for next 2 games.— Michael Cunningham (@ajchawks) April 14, 2012
X-Rays were negative on Pachulia's foot but the Hawks will play things safe with him down the stretch. Atlanta was also without Ivan Johnson who was sent home for conduct detrimental on Friday but he is expected to rejoin the team on Saturday.
Pachulia will miss both Sunday's and Monday's matchups against the Toronto Raptors and will be reevaluated after that. Pachulia has started 44 of Atlanta's 58 games this season and is averaging 7.8 points and 7.9 rebounds per game. He has helped pick up the slack after Al Horford was lost for the season with a torn pectoral muscle.