Feb 11, 2014; Chicago, IL, USA; Atlanta Hawks power forward Paul Millsap (4) argues a foul in the second half of their game at the United Center. The Bulls beat the Hawks 100-85. Mandatory Credit: Matt Marton-USA TODAY Sports

Paul Millsap Ruled Out vs. Suns on Sunday with Knee Contusion

The Atlanta Hawks will be without All-Star power forward Paul Millsap against the Phoenix Suns on Sunday, reports Hawks beat writer Chris Vivlamore of the AJC.

This is the fourth straight game Millsap will miss due to a right knee contusion. He got injured late in the final quarter during a game at Detroit on February 22 and sat out the ensuing three games against the Knicks, Bulls and Celtics.

An MRI was negative, reports the AP.

Atlanta has been very thin in the frontcourt with Al Horford and Gustavo Ayon both done for the season, while backup center Pero Antic has been out the last four weeks with a stress fracture in his right ankle.

Millsap is averaging 17.6 points and 8.3 rebounds per game in his first season with the Hawks.

With the slew of injuries, the team has relied upon a “small-ball” lineup featuring 6’8″ DeMarre Carroll at power forward and 6’9″, 14-year veteran Elton Brand at center.

Atlanta recently signed 2013 second-round draft pick in 6’11” big man Mike Muscala to add some much-needed depth.

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