ATLANTA — Hawks forward Paul Millsap will miss the next three games the team announced Monday via a press release.
After visiting Dr. James Andrews of the Andrews Sports Medicine and Orthopaedic Center in Pensacola, Florida and conferring with Dr. Kyle Hammond and Dr. Kenneth Mautner of the Emory Orthopaedics & Spine Center, Atlanta Hawks forward Paul Millsap has been diagnosed with left knee synovitis and has undergone a non-surgical procedure at Emory. He will be listed as out for the next three games and his status will be updated as appropriate.
Millsap has missed the last five Hawks games and hasn’t suited up since he played just over 31 minutes against Memphis at home on March 16. He scored 10 points and added three boards, well below his season average of 18.1 points and 7.7 rebounds. Atlanta is 0-5 in those games without Millsap.
The next three games on the Hawks’ schedule are Phoenix at home on Tuesday, Philadelphia on the road Wednesday, then a Saturday contest in Chicago on April 1. Atlanta lost to Phoenix in November (Millsap did not dress), is 3-0 this season versus the 76ers (Millsap has averaged 15 points in the three wins) and 3-0 against Chicago (Millsap had 17 points per game in three versus the Bulls).
The Hawks sit tied for fifth place in the Eastern Conference with Milwaukee and Indiana and are two games ahead of the 8-seed Bulls. Detroit currently occupies the 9-seed (on the wrong side of the playoff line), 3.5 games behind Atlanta.