The Knicks get a double bonus by the knee injury of the Hawks’ Joe Johnson. He won’t face the Knicks tonight, and he has pulled out of the All-Star Game....As Berman noted, Shump's absence takes the Knicks' defense down a notch, but it also gives Mike D'Antoni more time to blend Baron Davis and J.R. Smith into the rotations and schemes. As for Johnson's replacement on the Hawks, I imagine it would be either Tracy McGrady or Willie Green, but I'm not too sure. Not to discount either of those two fellows, but the absence of Johnson certainly makes the Hawks a less formidable team and further solidifies that fact that the Knicks should win this game at home.
Wednesday, February 22, 2012
Joe Johnson Out for Tonight's Game
Title pretty much says it all, but to verify here's a bit from Marc Berman's piece about the absences of Shumpert and Johnson: