The Hawks will be without starters Paul Millsap and Thabo Sefolosha for Saturday’s game at the Bulls. However, Millsap participated in about 70 percent of practice Friday in Chicago. Signs are pointing toward a return soon for the starting power forward who has missed the past seven games with what was diagnosed as synovitis in his left knee after an MRI exam last week. Millsap also had a non-surgical procedure to help with the swelling and fluid buildup in his knee.
The Hawks ruled Millsap out for three game after the diagnosis, games against the Suns, 76ers and Bulls. The Hawks also play at the Nets on Sunday and then have three days off before hosting the Celtics on Thursday. The Hawks are 2-5 in the recent games without Millsap with wins in the past two games. They are 2-8 without Millsap this season after he missed three games earlier this season with a hip injury. Millsap is the Hawks’ leading scorer and ranks second in rebounds, assists and steals.