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Paul Millsap undergoes non-surgical procedure on his left knee

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Millsap has been ruled out of the next three games.

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The Atlanta Hawks updated the status of forward Paul Millsap Monday evening and the news is not good. Millsap had his knee examined by famed orthopedic surgeon Dr. James Andrews and has been diagnosed with left knee synovitis. He underwent a non-surgical procedure at Emory and has been ruled out for the next three games, after which his status will be updated as appropriate.

A quick web search defines knee synovitis as:

Knee synovitis occurs when the synovial membrane which lines and lubricates the knee joint, becomes inflamed. Swelling or stiffness in the knee joint may develop following another injury or from arthritis or gout.

Obviously, that is bad news for a Hawks team that has lost seven-straight and is 0-8 without Millsap in the lineup this season. The Hawks have games coming up at home against Phoenix on Tuesday, at Philadelphia on Wednesday and then are at Chicago on Saturday.