Paul Millsap will not play in tonight’s game against the Chicago Bulls and has already been declared out for Wednesday’s game against the Boston Celtics. Coach Budenholzer confirmed this information to reporters on Monday.
Millsap’s absence is the byproduct of a right knee contusion he suffered in Friday’s loss to the Detroit Pistons. The injury occurred when Millsap bumped knees with a Pistons player. He was able to return to the game shortly after, however he experienced swelling in his knee on the plane ride home later that night. An MRI exam on Monday came back negative.
Millsap will miss at least three games after already having sat out of Saturday’s game against the Knicks. However, the possibility exists that the Hawks will be without their All-Star forward for longer than this, as Coach Budenholzer has yet to offer a timetable for his return.
It is a good sign that Millsap was able to lift weights with the training staff yesterday, yet the fact that he was unable to participate in practice suggests that he may be forced to miss extended time.
Having lost 8 of 10 games heading into tonight’s matchup, the Hawks desperately needs their star forward back before they fall further down in the Eastern Conference standings. As it stands, Atlanta is tied for 7th place in the East with only a three game lead over the 9th place Pistons.
We will update you on the situation when more information becomes available.