At this point, it’s become commonplace for the Hawks to have at least one — usually more — important player missing each night. This time it is Cam Reddish, who has already missed the last six games. That number will grow as the Hawks announced he underwent a non-surgical procedure on Monday at the Emory Sports Medicine Complex. From there, he will be placed in a walking boot, and his next review is scheduled for one week from now.
An @emoryhealthcare injury update:
C. Reddish, who has missed the last six games due to right Achilles soreness, underwent a non-surgical procedure earlier today. He will be placed in a walking boot, reviewed in approximately 1 week and an update will be provided as appropriate. pic.twitter.com/L9kmJjM3J7
— Atlanta Hawks (@ATLHawks) March 8, 2021
Atlanta has one of the most favorable schedules over the second-half of the season, and they will need all hands on deck to make a run in the playoffs. Reddish might provide immense value on the defensive end, given his reach and versatility, but he’s struggled offensively, shooting just 36.5% from the field and 26.2% from beyond the arc in 26 games. Aside from a few 20-point performances, Reddish has been mostly silent on that side of the ball.
Granted, there were recent reports out that members of the locker room felt Lloyd Pierce was picking on Reddish, which could affect a young player’s confidence. Surely the former Duke Blue Devil will return wanting to prove those 26 games were nothing more than a rough shooting stretch.
With Reddish out, Nate McMillan will have to rely on Kevin Huerter, Tony Snell, Solomon Hill, and Bogdan Bogdanovic on the wing, with De’Andre Hunter also rehabbing from a knee injury he suffered at the end of January. The Hawks return to the court on Thursday against the Toronto Raptors.