Two Hawks Ruled Out for the Sea­son

The Washington Post Sunday - - Wizards Insider -

Hawks F Joe John­son and G Speedy Clax­ton will sit out the fi­nal three games of the sea­son be­cause of in­juries that have nagged the last-place Hawks for months.

John­son, the club’s lead­ing scorer, missed his 19th straight game yes­ter­day be­cause of a bruised right calf. Coach Mike Wood­son said the club de­cided to rest John­son so he can re­cover more quickly.

Wood­son doesn’t know if the in­jury will af­fect John­son’s sta­tus as a mem­ber of the U.S. na­tional team.

“I don’t know if he’s go­ing to en­ter­tain that or not,” Wood­son said. “Right now, he’s our con­cern in terms of the calf and we want to make sure he’s in per­fect po­si­tion as he goes through his sum­mer reg­i­men.”

John­son av­er­aged 25 points, 4.4 as­sists and 4.2 re­bounds for the Hawks, who en­tered last night’s game against the Cav­a­liers with five play­ers in­jured.

Clax­ton, the Hawks’ as­sists leader, missed 33 games with a sore left knee. The 29-year-old signed with At­lanta as a free agent in Septem­ber af­ter play­ing last sea­son with the Hor­nets.

“We’ve got to get Speedy back on board,” Wood­son said.

The Hawks al­ready were miss­ing F Josh Chil­dress, who is out for the sea­son with a stress frac­ture in his right foot. At­lanta doesn’t have F Zaza Pachu­lia (lower right leg) and G Salim Stoudamire (sprained right an­kle), ei­ther. Both are ex­pected to miss at least one more game. K TORONTO SIGNS FOR­WARD: The Rap­tors signed F Luke Jack­son to a con­tract for the rest of this sea­son and 2007-08.

Jack­son, the 10th over­all pick in the 2004 draft, had been play­ing for the Idaho Stam­pede of the Na­tional De­vel­op­ment League. He av­er­aged two points in just less than six min­utes in six ap­pear­ances with Toronto.

— From News Ser­vices

BY LAYNE MUR­DOCH — BY NBAE VIA GETTY IMAGES

Hawks all-star Joe John­son has missed 19 straight games with a bruised right calf.

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