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Joe Johnson returns to Hawks' lineup

Updated: December 17, 2010, 8:00 PM ET
Associated Press

ATLANTA -- Hawks star Joe Johnson returned to Atlanta's starting lineup Friday night after missing nine games recovering from surgery on his right elbow.

Johnson was initially expected to be out four to six weeks, but he returned less than three weeks after the procedure to remove loose cartilage in his shooting elbow.

The All-Star guard tested the elbow in pregame warmups and decided he was ready to play against the Charlotte Bobcats, hoping to help the Hawks snap a two-game ...

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