CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) -Atlanta Hawks leading scorer Joe Johnson missed his second straight game Friday against Charlotte with a viral infection.
Johnson, averaging 21.5 points and selected to the All-Star game for the third straight season, did not travel to Minnesota for Wednesday's victory and was not well enough to rejoin the team in Charlotte.
Coach Mike Woodson said he was holding out hope that Johnson will be healthy enough to play Saturday against the Los Angeles Clippers.
``He's feeling better, but we won't know his status until we get back (to Atlanta),'' Woodson said. ``He doesn't miss too many games, so he had to be pretty sick.''
Maurice Evans got his second straight start in Johnson's place against the Bobcats.

Top NBA Public Bets

NBA Top Stories

Thumbnail Updated NBA Championship Odds Now that the NBA All-Star Game has wrapped, which team is currently favored to win this year's championship?
Thumbnail Pelicans' own Davis hopes to lead West On the heels of a rather tepid Saturday in New Orleans, can the NBA’s marquee talents bring the Smoothie King Center to life this...
Thumbnail Thompson, Irving load up for downtown duel With Stephen Curry out of the mix this time around, a lot of people feel compelled to classify the 2017 3-point contest as a wide-open affair. Klay...
Thumbnail Magic phenom aims to dazzle New Orleans After narrowly losing to Zach LaVine 12 months ago, Aaron Gordon appears fully committed to winning the 2017 All-Star dunk contest. Will anyone else even put up...
Thumbnail A-listers hit hardcourt in New Orleans This weekend, the Mercedes-Benz Superdome belongs to the biggest names in hoops – for the most part. Various entertainers will hit the hardwood tonight,...

NBA Team Pages