Hawks fans were hoping De’Andre Hunter would return during the series versus the 76ers after he was unexpectedly announced out for Game 1. But unfortunately, the injury to the second-year wing is much more severe than initially thought. After multiple MRIs, he was diagnosed with a torn meniscus and will miss the remainder of the season.
The Hawks have announced De’Andre Hunter out for the season with a meniscus tear
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Here’s the full statement from the Hawks:
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.
Before going down with a knee injury in the middle of the season, Hunter was arguably the Hawks best player, and that includes Trae Young. He’s been a shell of himself since returning right before the playoffs, but his last performance against the Knicks in Game 5 was extremely promising, as he dropped 15 points in 35 minutes while playing excellent defense.
That’s why this news is so devastating. It will be exponentially more difficult to advance without him on the floor, but hey, the Hawks were able to win Game 1 on the road without him, so anything is possible. Regardless, the top priority in this situation is for Hunter to get back to 100% healthy for next season and beyond.