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Paul Millsap has Shoulder Sprain and Contusion

Atlanta Hawks power forward Paul Millsap has a right shoulder sprain and contusion and will miss at least the Hawks’ next two games against the Phoenix Suns and Brooklyn Nets:

Millsap suffered the injury in the second quarter of Saturday’s blowout victory over the Nets when he collided with Earl Clark chasing after a loose ball. Millsap didn’t return to the game but said afterward that he didn’t believe the injury was serious. Luckily for the Hawks, that has turned out to be true.

Atlanta can afford to be very cautious with Millsap considering the top seed in the Eastern Conference has already been locked up. Millsap is one of the Hawks’ most important players, and he currently leads the team with 16.8 points per game and 7.8 rebounds per game. He’s shooting 47.9 percent overall and a stellar 35.8 percent from long range.

Millsap’s excellent season has him in line for a nice little payday this coming offseason, and Atlanta is sure to do all it can to keep him around. He can help himself even more if he leads the Hawks on a deep playoff run.

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