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Paul Millsap uncertain for weekend return

Mike Budenholzer talked about Millsap’s status prior to Friday’s game.

Atlanta Hawks v Brooklyn Nets Photo by Al Bello/Getty Images

Paul Millsap’s status remains uncertain for Sunday’s game at home against the Brooklyn Nets. Millsap will miss his fourth straight game Friday night when the Atlanta Hawks take on the Milwaukee Bucks. Mike Budenholzer talked about Millsap’s status going forward with the Atlanta Journal-Constitution’s Chris Vivlamore at Friday’s shootaround.

“It had nothing to do with travel,” Hawks coach Mike Budenholzer said of Millsap remaining in Atlanta. “I just don’t think he’s in a place where he could play. We’ll see how the next 24-48 hours go and keep evaluating it.”

The Hawks haven’t really said what the actual problem with Millsap’s knee is. He has been ruled out with what has been described tightness in the knee. Millsap was a late scratch from Saturday’s game against Portland and was initially ruled out for the first two games of Atlanta’s road trip. Budenholzer’s comments today indicate that the team knew Millsap would likely miss more time.

“I don’t think we ever thought it would be just two games,” Budenholzer said. “We thought we’d re-evaluate it after two games.”

Millsap’s injury couldn’t come at a worse time for the Hawks who find themselves just one game ahead of the Milwaukee Bucks and the Indiana Pacers entering play on Friday. Atlanta has gone 0-6 this season without Millsap in the lineup.