The Atlanta Hawks announced that Paul Millsap will miss the next two games with a mild shoulder sprain. Those games will include Tuesday night against the Suns and Wednesday night in Brooklyn against the Nets.
A tough blow for the Hawks and a bit of a break for the Nets, who are in the midst of a run at trying to make the playoffs, while the Hawks are sitting in the top spot in the East, having clinched home court throughout the Eastern Conference playoffs.
Millsap was injured with 1:52 remaining in the second quarter against the Nets. He collided with Earl Clark at center court chasing a loose ball. Millsap left the game holding his shoulder but remained on the bench until finally heading to the locker room in the final seconds of the half and did not return.
On the season the Nets are 0-3 against the Hawks, having just lost on Saturday by 32 points in Atlanta. In Millsap's place, the Hawks are expected to start Mike Scott at power forward.
The Hawks did get some good news, however, as they're expected to have guard Dennis Schroder (toe) back in action. That, however, could mean that the Hawks might look to rest Jeff Teague (ankle).
While the Hawks do own the right to swap picks with the Nets in the 2015 NBA Draft, it's not expected that they'll run their players into the ground trying to keep the Nets out of the playoffs.
- Millsap out with mild shoulder sprain (final update) -Chris Vivlamore - The Atlanta Journal-Constitution