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Paul Millsap injury: Hawks forward to return against Warriors (Updated)

Atlanta Hawks forward Paul Millsap will return to the starting lineup for Friday's game against the Golden State Warriors.

Rick Osentoski-USA TODAY Sports

The Atlanta Hawks will get Paul Millsap back in the starting lineup in time for Friday's game against the Golden State Warriors.

Millsap has missed the last five games due to a knee contusion that was suffered when he banged knees with Detroit's Greg Monroe. He is averaging 17.6 points and 8.6 rebounds on the season. With Pero Antic also back from injury, this is the healthiest the team has been since late January.

The timing couldn't be better for the Hawks who have lost 12 of their last 13 games including four straight. With Millsap back, Mike Scott will return to the bench. The return of Antic along with the addition of Mike Muscala finally gives Mike Budenholzer some options to work with in his front court.


Per the Atlanta Journal-Constitution Millsap will operate Friday night on some sort of minutes restriction:

"We'll work him back into playing shape and make sure that his knee continues to be in a good place," Budenholzer said.