Atlanta Hawks Lose Two Key Players Ahead of Play-In Tournament Against Bulls

Atlanta Hawks’ starting forward Jalen Johnson and backup center Onyeka Okongwu will be out for the game against the Bulls on April 17. The team announced on Thursday that Johnson sprained his ankle in the game against the Heat on Tuesday and is expected to miss at least three weeks.

Meanwhile, Okongwu, who normally comes off the bench behind Clint Capela, is out at least a month after a non-surgical procedure to address inflammation in his left big toe. The Hawks will face the Bulls as the No. 9 and 10 seeds in the Eastern Conference next Wednesday, April 17.

There’s a slim chance that the game could be in Atlanta if the Hawks win their remaining two games and the Bulls lose all of their remaining three. However, most likely it will be at the United Center in Chicago.

Johnson is a key player for the Hawks who is having a great season, averaging 16 points and 8.7 rebounds per game. If the Hawks advance to the playoffs, his absence could be felt. Similarly, Okongwu, who averages 10.2 points and 6.8 rebounds per game this season, is a valuable player. The winner of the 9/10 game will advance to face the loser of the 7/8 play-in game (currently Philadelphia and Miami) while the loser’s season will be over.

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