The Atlanta Hawks have been dealt a significant blow, as the team announced Wednesday afternoon that second-year wing De’Andre Hunter will miss the remainder of the season with a torn meniscus. Hunter sat out the last two games for the Hawks in their second-round series against the 76ers with what the team originally called “right knee soreness.” But after an MRI and a second opinion from a doctor, he’ll undergo surgery to repair the tear.
Per the Hawks:
“Prior to Game 1, 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. ElAttrache of Kerlan-Jobe Orthopaedic Clinic in LA for a second opinion, who earlier today confirmed the tear & 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.”
Hunter missed a significant amount of time during the regular season with a knee injury, so it’s unfortunate that the he’ll miss the remainder of the playoffs after such a strong showing in his second year in the league. He averaged 15 points and 4.8 rebounds per game in the 2020-21 campaign.
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