Cam Reddish has finally progressed to full participation in practice the past two days, including live play. After the upcoming five-on-five full-court scrimmages, he will be evaluated, and his status will be updated.
An @emoryhealthcare injury report:
Cam Reddish (right Achilles soreness) has progressed to full participation in practices the last two days, including live play. Following upcoming scrimmages, he will be reviewed and his status will be updated as appropriate. pic.twitter.com/PttF2hmtt9
— Atlanta Hawks (@ATLHawks) June 5, 2021
Reddish has been dealing with an ailing right Achilles injury since February 21st. Now, in an upcoming series against the 76ers, he would be a welcomed sight for the defense as he has the ability to guard Ben Simmons and Tobias Harris. Inherently, Reddish guarding the two lengthy Sixers would give De’Andre Hunter a break and save energy, which could be used on the offensive side of the court where Reddish has been struggling. The optimism he sparked at the end of his rookie year has faded, averaging 11.2 points on 36.5% shooting from the field and 26.2% from beyond the arc in 2021.
It certainly seems possible he could make his return during the Eastern Conference Semifinals, but if he does, it’ll likely be on a minutes restriction to start. Reddish played significant minutes during the regular season, and his length on defense is always helpful, but the production he provides on the offensive end is minuscule. Fans shouldn’t expect him to come in and do anything but play solid defense against Philly’s long ball handlers.