Today the Atlanta Hawks released the following statement on the injury status of De’Andre Hunter.
“Prior to Game 1 against Philadelphia, forward De’Andre Hunter began experiencing some mild swelling in his right knee. Head Team Physician Dr. Kenneth Mautner and Head Orthopaedist Dr. Kyle Hammond examined Hunter and suggested an MRI. The initial review revealed a new small tear of the lateral meniscus. Films from the MRI were sent to Dr. Neal ElAttrache of Kerlan-Jobe Orthopaedic Clinic in Los Angeles for a second opinion, who earlier today confirmed the tear and recommended surgery. Hunter is scheduled to travel to Los Angeles this weekend and undergo surgery to the lateral meniscus on Tuesday with Dr. ElAttrache. He will miss the remainder of the postseason and future updates will be provided as appropriate.”
This is a big blow to the Atlanta Hawks team because Hunter has clearly established himself as one of the Hawks better two-way players. His defense on the Knicks’ Julius Randle was a big reason the Hawks were able to advance to the second round of the playoffs.
It not clear on what changes this will have on the Hawks playoff rotation. Solomon Hill has been getting the start at the wing position but with the emergence of Kevin Huerter there could be a change if McMillan feels he needs more offensive fire power in the starting lineup.