The Atlanta Hawks announced Wednesday night that All-Star guard Joe Johnson is expected to miss four-to-six weeks with an elbow injury.
“Obviously we have to look for point production in other areas,” Coach Larry Drew said. “We just have to get the difference of what we will be missing without him and I feel very confident that we can do that.”
Johnson has been diagnosed with what medical officials are calling a “loose body” in his right elbow. He is set to undergo arthroscopic surgery within the next few days.
The injury is in Johnson’s shooting arm and may have been a contributing factor in his recent shooting slump. Johnson is shooting 40.9 percent from the field which are his worst numbers since the 2002-2003 season with the Phoenix Suns. His 25.6 shooting percentage from the three point line has Johnson on pace to set a new career low in the category.
Despite his shooting woes, Johnson is still leading the Hawks in scoring with 17.1 points per game this season to go along with his 4.1 rebounds and 5.2 assists.
“Obviously, we are going to miss Joe,” Al Horford said. “At the same time I think it is going make us stronger as team but we can’t wait for him to get back.
Drew said he hopes the team will stay the course while Johnson recovers.
“We know that without Joe in our lineup we have to pick up the slack,” Drew said. “We will continue business as usual and we will just try to hold the fort down until he gets back.”